Inn at Moonlight Beach

Private rooms
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN)

One of the best surf towns in the world

"From a lively downtown area to picturesque beaches, explore the amazing waves of Moonlight beach, ranked by Surfer Magazine as the #3 best surf town in the US!"

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

About two hours south of Los Angeles and 30 minutes north of greater San Diego, Encinitas is a beachside town like no other. Here, a focus on health and happiness combines with ideal ocean conditions to create an amazing surfing destination. With a variety of surf shops, surf schools, and beautiful beaches, it's no surprise that Encinitas occupies Surfer Magazine's number three spot as one of the best surf towns in the US!

This is a year-round surf destination, so you just need to choose your preference for weather and waves. During winter (December to March), waves generally get bigger and the weather is a little crisper. During summer (June to September), you'll be surfing south swells.

The lodge

With an unparalleled standard of design and building quality in an inspiring setting in harmony with nature, you walk in this Encinitas boutique hotel one way and leave completely nurtured and uplifted. The intimate five suite Inn at Moonlight Beach is honored to be the World’s First WELL™ Certified hotel.

Our five-suite boutique Inn is naturally ventilated with an ocean breeze and poised for social distancing. Each suite has its own HVAC system that ensures no cross ventilation/contamination with other suites. Besides that, our rooms have an outdoor deck or patio, offering both clean indoor and fresh outdoor spaces for guests to dwell in nature during their stay.

The intention of our Inn is to nourish life and encourage people to experience the joy of connecting with nature, one’s self, and the broader local community. The notion of the ‘conscious destination’ is new to the lexicon and is something we are proud to provide. You will have a complete immersion in the wellness lifestyle during your stay. Our Contemporary Bed and Breakfast by the beach is a sanctuary to retreat to whenever you need it.

As the first hotel in the world recognized as WELL Certified – Platinum by the International Well Building Institute, Inn at Moonlight Beach has created an extraordinary environment that is evidence proven to be WELL for guests in the measures of Air, Water, Lighting, Nutrition, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.

The WELL Hospitality

The WELL Hospitality is built into the hotel structure itself, such as separate HVAC systems in each suite, a whole house water filtration system allowing you to drink from every tap, green building material, and good lighting control to support daily tasks and sleep and thermal comfort.

Enjoy amenities including nourishing bath salts with freshly picked flowers and herbs from the garden for your private tub, organic shampoo and conditioner, handcrafted organic soaps, Eco Memory Foam mattresses that are wrapped in 5,000 thread-count linens and a Spa Aromatherapy diffuser in each suite.

Wake up to a healthy start breakfast basket delivered to your door each morning. These baskets include items that accommodate healthy lifestyles, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. In each room, you will find locally roasted artisan coffee, tea, a microwave, a mini-refrigerator and a hot water kettle. Most of our suites have private decks with either partial or full ocean views.

Afternoon tea time

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with our signature organic wellness tea and some healthy and delicious snacks, including Homemade dehydrated fruits, locally made organic sprouted gluten-free pastries and dark chocolates.

We offer traditional black, green and herbal complimentary tea bags in guest suites. We also provide a specialty tea menu guests can order from with a wide array of ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal herb choices.

Simple, healthy & delicious

This nourishing breakfast basket is packed with locally sourced healthy artisanal treats, including organic juices, multi-grain toast with gourmet fruit jams made with herbs grown in our Biodynamic Urban Farm or local raw honey, overnight oats and yogurt parfait homemade at the Inn. You are free to enjoy breakfast on your outdoor patio, in one of our gardens, or stroll down to the beach for a morning picnic. Locally sourced items, with mostly organic options.

Biodynamic farming

The entire property of Inn at Moonlight Beach is enveloped by a connected, living, a biodynamic urban farm that yields both stunning vistas and productive landscapes of medicinal herbs, cut flowers, succulents, and delicious vegetables, fruit and tea that we love to share and savor with our guests.

All of our rooms include a garden basket with shears for guests to join our innkeepers in harvesting fruit, vegetables, tea, and medicinal herbs from our biodynamic farm.

Holistic healing

The Inn offers many tranquil areas throughout the property for our guests to experience peace and tranquility. Whether you retreat to your private balcony, reflect on our meditation deck, peruse our biodynamic garden or relax in our quaint water garden, our intention is that you feel nurtured and uplifted. A spiritually vibrant destination, Encinitas is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of Yoga in the Western world and as the second home to noteworthy luminaries, including Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Wellness lab

Our WELLNESS LAB in our “Guest Lounge” is a place for creation, community and education. Here we offer friendly hands-on workshops, classes and one-on-one consulting inspired by all things sustainability and wellness. In our Moonlight Makers’ Workshops, guests enjoy a hands-on experience and the how-to knowledge to create something that they can then take home with them. Some of our Moonlight Maker’s Workshop topics include Honey Herb Infusion, Soap, Salve + Candle Making, Dry Herb Rack and Sustainable Biodynamic Garden Workshop. In collaboration with our Innkeepers, local artisans and wellness providers, our Wellness Lab offerings are informative, fun-filled and seasonally ever-changing.

The Moonlight Beach

The Inn at Moonlight Beach is located just a short 7-10 min walk from Moonlight State Beach. It is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Southern California. This wide, sandy beach offers swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include volleyball and tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar.

Surfer Magazine ranked Moonlight beach #3 best surf town in the world. Surfboard, paddleboard, and bike rental shops are conveniently located between the Inn and the beach.

Getting there
Fly to San Diego International Airport (SAN). It's a 30-minute drive to Inn at Moonlight Beach.
Fly to San Diego International Airport (SAN). It's a 30-minute drive to Inn at Moonlight Beach.

Shangwen and Mike Kennedy purchased the Inn at Moonlight Beach at the beginning of 2017 and embarked on an extensive renovation to modernize and recreate the Inn. They transformed the aging property into state of the art conscious destination that improves and transforms human health.

A Harvard-trained architecture, landscape, and urban designer, Shangwen left a 20+ year career overseeing the design of major international cities to contribute more directly to the way people live. In the Boston area, she created a network of large houses. These houses provide international scholars and young professionals the opportunity to connect by sharing living environments, communal eating, and social events. Founded in 2010, the houses continue to be a rewarding social experiment, where residents experience inclusion and contribution to their households. The model has inspired similar communities in other urban areas.

The Inn at Moonlight Beach is now Shangwen’s vehicle for fulfilling a personal mission: empowering people to create communities and environments that support well-being and inspire people to flourish, savor their existence, and contribute together as part of a global family.

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What's included?
Accommodation and use of social areas.
What's not included?
Flights, travel insurance, airport transfer, lunch, dinner, and activities.
What's included in the destination fee?
Wifi, a pot of custom-blended tea and snack tray upon arrival, a customized breakfast basket delivered to your door daily, one parking space per room, as well as access to yoga mats and beach day nece... read more
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 30 days before the trip starts.