Case Study: Solar Water Heating at Alila Marea Resort, Encinitas, California


  • Project Name: Alila Marea Resort
  • Location: Encinitas, California
  • Developer: JMI Realty
  • Designer: Joseph Wong Associates
  • Installer: Arnold Solar
  • Installed: 2020

Project Overview

Perched majestically along the coastal bluffs and commanding breathtaking views of Grandview and South Ponto Beaches, the Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas is a pinnacle of luxury oceanfront hospitality. With 130 guestrooms, including 16 suites, this resort beckons travelers to experience the epitome of coastal elegance. It boasts an ocean-view restaurant with a rooftop patio, a pool complemented by a pool bar and an infinity-edge hot tub, the opulent Spa Alila, and stunning venues for weddings and events, all set against a backdrop of panoramic Pacific Ocean and lagoon vistas.

The 4.3-acre site, situated just west of the intersection of La Costa Avenue and Coast Highway 101, has undergone a remarkable transformation. Originally conceived in the 1980s and later acquired by Fenway Capital Advisors in 2017, JMI Realty collaborated to bring this vision to life. Initially planned as a beach resort sibling to the La Costa Resort & Spa, the project has evolved into a stand-alone luxury hotel, characterized by its distinct coastal charm. Construction commenced in early 2019 and involved meticulous sand replenishment efforts just south of South Point Beach.

Notably, San Diego-based Joseph Wong Design Associates infused an "eco-friendly" ethos into the hotel's design, using natural building materials and colors that seamlessly blend with the existing coastal bluffs.

Key Project Details:

  • Location: 2100 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Application: Hotel - Spa - Restaurant
  • Solar Collectors: 20 Sun Earth Thermoray 4' x 10' (TRB-40) Collectors
  • System Format: Solar pre-heated water
  • Rated Power Output: 53.22 kW
  • Yearly Energy Output (kWh): 34,527.57 kWh

The integration of SunEarth solar water heating systems at Alila Marea Resort illuminates the commitment to both luxury and sustainability. These solar collectors provide an energy-efficient and eco-conscious solution for the resort, aligning with the coastal beauty and eco-friendly design ethos that define this extraordinary destination.

Contact Information

For more information about SunEarth and their solar water heating solutions, visit SunEarth.

To learn more about Arnold Solar, the installer behind this remarkable project, please visit their website at Arnold Solar.

This case study showcases how Alila Marea Resort has harnessed solar energy to enhance its luxury offerings while staying true to its commitment to eco-friendly design and sustainable hospitality.





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