We enjoy this resort in the Summer bc of its private beach and great pools. But, we also stay in the pre Winter in mid-Dec for our Anniversary. I always book a standard room w/a pool/ocean/resort view. They have this nice Christmas tree and snowman in the center courtyard. This time they gave me a suite upgrade that I didn't request; I received an extra 200 sqft and a garden view. I didn't see this as an upgrade especially for the occassion. Fortunately, the resort manager, Maria Fitzsimons fixed everything in seconds and gave me the room we requested. And she sent up a complimentary bottle of wine and champagne.
We drove up the coast to Mastros for dinner and came back to the room for a movie and drinks. I've been to every Starwood Resort/Hotel in CA being an SPG Platinum member, and this Resort is the best and I highly recommend trying it. We love breakfast room service on the outdoor balcony; Belgian Waffle, berry smoothie, and Huevos Rancheros w/scrambled eggs. It doesn't get any better.More