Winners Circle Beach & Tennis Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Culemborg on March 17, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
Best thing near this resort was San Diego, only 20 minutes by car, and you were able to enjoy the gorgeous city, with its famous zoo and Gaslamp district. We took a tour from Old Town San Diego with a trolley bus and enjoyed in comfort all that San Diego had to offer. A bit closer by, could even be done on foot, was a shopping mall where you had a good-size supermarket and several shops and restaurants (definitely go to the Mexican, sorry--cannot remember the name--but it was the only one there). Within five minutes' drive, you of course had the beach and Solana centre, where you had an even bigger choice of good restaurants. In nearby Carlsbad, there is a big outlet centre, excellent to do some great shopping for good prices (we travelled from Europe and brought an extra bag for our shopping goods). The resort also arranged excursions to several places--among others, Tijuana, Mexico. We didn’t do this, but it is a good alternative.

Best Things About the Resort:
This resort was great to relax in, and there were all types of people, from the young to the old. Activities-wise there wasn’t as much on offer as there is at the big mainstream resorts, so if you prefer entertainment and a kids' club, etc., you will not find this at the resort itself. We were aware of this when we booked the resort, and since we weren’t looking for this, the pool, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, and gym were perfect for us. If you do travel to this resort with your kids, be sure they are able to entertain themselves or, like some of the families, just bring your own board games. Horse races are held next door during the season, and you are able to end your day at the good club restaurant adjacent to the resort.

We arrived a day later than our booked check-in, and when we called ahead to inform the reception about this, it was no problem, and our apartment was ready for us as soon as we arrived. We had a great two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit (we booked last-minute, so we were lucky this became available) and with a great kitchen with all the facilities a person could need when on holiday (the dishwasher was particularly useful). Over the entire length of the apartment we had balconies, great to relax on in the evenings. We weren’t bothered with any sales pitch; there was a lady in the lobby who you could approach if interested in resale or sales, but no hassle if you weren’t interested--they would not bother you.

Resort Experience:
Our stay at the resort was part of our last days in the U.S.A. We had driven from Phoenix to San Diego, with stopovers at the Canyons, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and meant to relax and do a last bit of sightseeing in San Diego. Our arrival was in early October, and even the weather was kind to us--the sun showed itself a lot of times. We were able to see all the sights and spend time around the pool to relax, just as we had wanted to, so our holiday was a success.

Winner's Circle Beach & Tennis Resort
550 Via De La Valle
Solana Beach, California, 92075

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