Mediterranean-Style Resort in the Southeastern Foothills of Catalina Island
Hiking and biking trails crisscross the mountains in southeastern Catalina Island, winding past rugged terrain speckled with St. Catherine’s lace and prickly-pear cacti. Many of these trails, including the popular Trans-Catalina Trail, are just a short walk from Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa, a Mediterranean-style resort overlooking the town of Avalon from the island’s southeastern foothills. While the dirt trails are open year-round, the San Diego Reader recommends attempting them between late October and March, when “crystal-clear days…[afford] an ever-changing panorama of the blue ocean, San Clemente Island to the south, and the snow-capped summits of the San Gabriel Mountains on the mainland.”
The private balconies of some guest rooms open to views of the mountains; others look out onto the resort’s heated pool, set in an outdoor courtyard shaded by towering palms. Those who choose Option 1 will be welcomed to their rooms with champagne and chocolates; Option 2 comes with a $40 dining credit to the onsite Canyon Bar & Grill. At the Spa at Catalina, you can get an organic seaweed body wrap in a candlelit room.
Catalina Island, California: Desert Foliage and Secluded Coves in the Pacific Ocean
Santa Catalina Island, most often referred to as Catalina Island, is just 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, but it’s a world away from the crowded metropolis. The island’s unpopulated interior is home to a vast array of desert foliage and wildlife, and its many secluded coves are nice spots to soak up the sun or snorkel among starfish, sea urchins, and bright-orange garibaldi. Travel + Leisure called these coves “ready-made for romance,” naming Catalina one of the world’s most romantic islands in 2010.
Much of Catalina Island is accessible only by dirt hiking and biking trails, but you can see many of its endemic plants in town at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. The memorial, which was constructed with blue flagstone rock from the harbor and hand-painted tiles from Catalina Pottery, is just a short drive or half-hour walk from Avalon, the island’s only major city. To see a little more of the interior, take the all-levels Garden to Sky Hike from here for spectacular views of the island and surrounding ocean.
Free shuttle service to and from the downtown plaza
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 20, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Must book by 4/19/13 or promo value expires
Must complete travel by 4/30/13
Not valid 2/23-2/25, 3/8-3/9, 3/15-3/16, or 4/12-4/13
Limit 4 per person
Limit 4 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
Reservation required; subject to availability
72hr cancellation notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
Must be 21 or older to check in and drink alcohol
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Not valid with reward points
Must use promo value in 1 visit
12% tax not included.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 13 or older; guests 12 or younger stay free
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $75 per stay in double-queen rooms only.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: not available
By boat: Catalina Express ferries depart multiple times a day from Long Beach, San Pedro, and Dana Point; the Catalina Flyer departs once a day from Newport Beach.
Hiking permits are mandatory on Catalina Island and can be acquired online or at the Conservancy Explore store in Avalon, the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon, Airport in the Sky, or Two Harbor Enterprises.