• Outdoor Pool

The Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

Serene ocean-view resort close to Pismo Beach

Set along the breathtaking Californian coast and just a few miles from the laid-back resort of Pismo Beach, the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is the perfect option for a break along this beautiful stretch of coastline, especially thanks to the location approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Savour the sunsets from your spectacular location overlooking the crashing waves and relax with plenty of great amenities close at hand including the ocean view pool, relaxing resort spa and popular Lido restaurant.

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Guide Price

 £1,939  per person
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Tripadvisor rating 516 Reviews
McWay Falls, Big Sur

Hotel highlights

  • Enjoy ocean-inspired cuisine at the Lido restaurant
  • Marvel at the sunsets from the pool terrace
  • Ideal for a resting point during your road trip
  • Excellent location overlooking the California coastline
  • Relax at the full-service spa

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 62 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

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The Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

516 Reviews 97% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 418
  • Very Good 72
  • Average 16
  • Poor 9
  • Terrible 1

What to Expect

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Jan 08, 2020

Wonderful Hotel

We originally booked another hotel in the area and when we pulled up it looked like an old motel so we opted to try the Dolphin Bay which was on Xmas eve. They had a wonderful room for us, the room was spacious, clean, all the amenities. The bed and pillows were amazing, I had the best sleep on our vacation (we took 11 days as were driving from San Fran to LA and stopping along the way) The staff and valet were very friendly and welcoming. We had dinner in the restaurant and the meal was fantastic, the table beside us were locals and we were chatting with them and the chef knew them so he came out and chatted with us as well. The grounds were well manicured and beautiful view of the ocean. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Jan 04, 2020

Fabulous property with perfect location.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Spent 10 days (never enough time) enjoying the holidays at the resort, enjoyed the casual elegance of the hotel and ALL that it offers. We have stayed at this resort several times and thoroughly enjoyed every visit. When we depart we make reservations for our return. WONDERFUL!
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The Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa


Resort Amenities

Guests can enjoy a range of resort amenities included in the resort fee (payable locally) including: Bay Cruiser bicycles for hire DVD and games libraries with hot chocolate and popcorn. Lawn activities including bocce, croquet, ladder golf and soccer/ football

Infinity Pool

The resort's heated infinity-edge pool is a supreme facility for those looking for a relaxing swim or wanting to work on their tan on the terrace. With gentle ocean breezes to accompany the views, this is a great place to chill during your stay.


The resort's chic spa is a haven of relaxation on the California coastline, providing a wide range of spa treatments ranging from massage and beauty treatments to relaxing yoga and more besides. Make sure you stop by the Spa Boutique for a chance to purchase some of the products used in your treatment.