Meet Michael Tuesca, Director of Shore House at The Del

Recently named the Director of Shore House at The Del, Michael Tuesca is dedicated to ensuring that owners enjoy an unmatched, unforgettable experience — at all times. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, with over 22 years of experience in the luxury hospitality space. With experience at numerous prestigious hospitality brands like The Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels & Resorts, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and more, Michael’s extensive knowledge makes him a passionate leader and hospitality expert. To learn more about Michael’s role at Shore House and some of his favorite Coronado pastimes, read our full interview below.

What led you to a career in luxury hospitality?

It was a happy accident! A new hotel was opening near my hometown and I thought what better way to learn about hotels than to work at a new one and learn from the ground up. I quickly found it was a great place to satisfy my need to help people and to be in a fun, fast-paced environment. 

You’ve worked with some of the most prestigious and recognizable resort brands in the world. What’s the opportunity here for Shore House to set itself apart?

I am thrilled to join such a legendary property and assist in launching the newest experience right on this stretch of golden beach. The level of personalized, caring service we can offer at Shore House, along with the picturesque setting, is the perfect combination for a legendary experience.

What were you most excited about when you learned about the opportunity to be Director of Shore House at The Del?

I was most excited about the potential. Our team will be defining a new experience within a destination that already has over 134 years of history. I think about what our owners and guests will be saying 134 years from now about what we started today.

Can you tell us about your leadership style?

I value my team above all else. Through fairness, consistency, and keeping an open mind and heart, we can accomplish great things. If my team is successful then we all are successful and our owners and guests will experience a level of service where your cares melt away.

We know you’re incredibly committed to offering an exceptional standard of service and aiming for excellence when it comes to the owners’ experience, so could you tell us about what this looks like behind the scenes?

It all starts with great communication. Our team will be doing everything possible to learn about our owners and guests and their needs and desires. These will be the clues that will assist us in delivering personalized moments of surprise and delight.

Can you tell us about the personal concierge services offered to Shore House owners and some of the services they can expect?

Our owners can expect our team to take care of the details and help make everything as effortless as possible.

What has been the process so far for ensuring residences and amenities are in perfect condition ahead of owner arrivals?

Our development and construction team have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is perfect for our owner arrivals. They have created an environment of teamwork and support that is evident in the final product and we are eager to welcome owners soon for their first Shore House stay.

What does it mean to have Shore House recognized as a Curio 5-star hotel?

We will be crafting procedures and staff trainings designed to facilitate superior execution. While recognition and awards are validation we all crave, ultimately our owner and guest feedback is our most important validation.

What’s your favorite part about going to work every day?

The anticipation of arrival. I love driving over the Coronado Bridge and seeing The Del’s turret come up on the horizon. I start to think about all the owners, guests and team members that will cross paths with me that day.

Everyone has a story about The Del. Can you tell us about one of yours?

I love watching my kids as they look at this place. Whether they are looking into the tide pools or admiring the turret, my children’s eyes are full of awe and wonder. I see the same look in the eyes of many of our visitors, and I have to say that I am also guilty of having the same look on my face. You just can’t help but feel awed.

What about Shore House are you most passionate about so far?

I am most passionate about this beautiful canvas onto which our team and I will have the opportunity to execute the art of service. I can already picture our owners and guests laughing and enjoying cocktails at our bar with the sound of the ocean waves crashing. I can already picture our owners and guests smiling as they admire the special touches that have been created anticipating their arrival.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work in the Coronado area?

I love walking along Orange Avenue and discovering the shops and restaurants nearby. I love visiting MooTime Creamery and Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory as I have a very big sweet tooth.

Serẽa Listed Among Favorite Coronado Restaurants

Coronado has become a true culinary haven — and it’s all just steps from Shore House. Take it from Eater San Diego’s recent article, which names 15 local favorite restaurants on the island. Leading the list? The Del’s Serẽa – a Michelin-recognized, oceanview eatery celebrated for its sea-to-table dishes crafted by Chef Jojo Ruiz. Read on for more about the world-class experience offered at Serẽa, and some of the incredible restaurants around Coronado Island.

(Image courtesy of Hotel del Coronado)

Serẽa’s Sea-to-Table Experience

Offering the ultimate sea-to-table experience, Serẽa specializes in sustainable, fresh-catch cooking with an approachable, ocean-friendly menu. With seasonal ingredients locally sourced from Southern California farmers, Serẽa is the best of the best when it comes to local, sustainable seafood. Also featured is a stunning indoor/outdoor bar, offering handcrafted cocktails and a stellar selection of wine and local brews.

(Image courtesy of Hotel del Coronado)

Chef Jojo Ruiz

Jojo Ruiz, Executive Chef of Serẽa and a San Diego native, brings an intimate relationship with the coastal lifestyle to his innovative and sustainable cooking practices. Chef Jojo describes his personal cooking style as “seasonal, sustainable and relatable,” with menu favorites like Baja Kampachi Sashimi and Grilled Local Swordfish.

Little Frenchie

In addition to the incredible experience offered at Serẽa, Coronado is home to an endless array of local restaurants to try. Little Frenchie, set just a short walk from The Del, is a Parisian-style bistro and local Coronado favorite. Enjoy authentic French cuisine, from escargot and cheese boards to decadent crepes and pastries.

The Henry

The Henry, another local favorite right down the street from Shore House, is celebrated for its timeless coastal ambiance and beloved bites. Start with the famous homemade pretzels and fondue and finish with the popular Braised Short Rib or Mediterranean Branzino.

Garage Buona Forchetta

Offering the best of the best in Italian cuisine in Coronado, Garage Buona Forchetta combines vintage decor and decadent meals. Situated in a former mechanic’s garage, the restaurant follows an automotive theme with vintage cars parked around the restaurant. Come for authentic Neapolitan pizza and specialty pasta and stay for the incredible atmosphere.

5 Ways to Soak up Summer at The Del

Sunshine, beach days, quality family time – it’s no surprise that summers at The Del form treasured, long-lasting memories. This September, Shore House owners — both those with longtime traditions at The Del and those new to the iconic resort — will be welcomed to create a new chapter of summer memories. With Shore House completion right around the corner, we’ve rounded up five summer experiences to start visualizing your best summer yet.

Shore House Pool

Framed by captivating views of the glittering shoreline, the ocean-view Shore House pool will be the perfect place to soak up summer. Whether you’re relaxing in a private cabana or cooling off in the water, the pool will provide owners with an idyllic setting for endless summers to come.

Oceanfront Dining

With alfresco lounges, chef-caliber bites and handcrafted cocktails, oceanfront dining at The Del is a must in the summertime. Serẽa offers an elegant, sea-to-table experience, while the Beach & Taco Shack brings the good vibes with live music and fish tacos.

Fourth of July Weekend

This Independence Day, join in on some incredible festivities at The Del and around Coronado, including a dazzling fireworks show over the Coronado bay. Click here to read about all the fun events to experience this Fourth of July weekend.

Del Surf Academy

Looking for surf lessons? The Del Surf Academy lets you catch a wave with some of the best surf instructors. With private and group lessons happening daily, professional, dedicated surf instructors will have you shredding in no time. Click here for more information or to book a surf lesson today.

Bike Rentals

There’s no better way to explore all that the island has to offer than with a bike ride through paradise. From casual rides for beginners to challenging adventures for advanced riders, there’s a perfect bike path for everyone. Bike rentals at The Del are available daily in front of the Saloon and Spa on the Wellness Terrace.

Now Open: Three New Shops at The Del

The Shops at The Del has always been the go-to spot for owners, guests and islanders across Coronado, and three new retail shops have just opened. At Monroe, find women’s luxury apparel inspired by the glamorous Hollywood icon. At Current, find relaxed men’s wear for coastal-resort living. And at S.R.F.’s experiential retail shop? Discover everything you need for island adventure – from boogie boards to roller skates, bicycles and more. Read on for more about the brand new retail experiences at The Del.

Monroe

Taking inspiration from Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe who famously visited the Hotel Del Coronado in the 50’s, Monroe offers glamorous apparel items for women. From bold accessories to elegant sundresses, Monroe has everything you need to become a style icon just like Marilyn.

S.R.F.

S.R.F. is your one-stop shop for all things summer. From boogie boards and surfboards to coolers and towels, S.R.F. has all the essentials for every summer adventure at The Del.

Current

Offering sophisticated, yet relaxed menswear inspired by the coastal lifestyle, Current has the perfect pieces for your summer wardrobe. Browse Current’s seaside pieces from relaxed beachwear to elevated staples.

4 Ways to Celebrate Spring On Coronado Island

Spring is in full bloom in Coronado, which calls for even more time spent outdoors in the sunshine. From days at the Ferry Landing to an afternoon in the park, Coronado Island offers incredible outdoor pursuits that are perfect for springtime. With endless activities to choose from, we’ve rounded up four local activities to enjoy this season.

Head to the Ferry Landing

The iconic Coronado Ferry Landing boasts an endless array of activities, perfect for sunny spring weather. With limitless options for outdoor activities, boutique shopping spots, dining choices, events and so much more, Coronado Ferry Landing has you and your family covered for a full day of entertainment–all set to stunning oceanfront views.

Picnic in the Park

What better way to spend a gorgeous spring day than with a picnic in the park. Nearby Spreckels Park, arguably one of the most well-known parks in Coronado, features a jungle gym, expansive grass areas and a lovely gazebo that hosts summer concerts in the park. A great spot for families, Spreckels Park is the perfect springtime afternoon spot.

Shop the Coronado Farmers Market

Also at the Ferry Landing, the Coronado Farmers Market is held every Tuesday, offering fresh, locally-grown produce right from the farmers themselves. One of the longest-running farmer’s markets in San Diego County, farmers come from far and wide to offer the freshest, California-grown produce.

Explore Coronado Island

With the rich history of Coronado Island, there are sights to see and stories to discover around every corner. From trolley rides to bike rides to segway rentals, getting around Coronado has never been easier, or more fun.

The Front Porch Swing at The Del

Travel back in time at The Del’s Front Porch Swing, a weekly celebration of the hotel’s storied past. Enjoy a curated selection of classic swing music, dancing and great company, all complemented by cocktails, wine and tea with a twist. The event will take place on the historic Front Porch at The Del Every Friday & Saturday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A Storied Past

Originally built in 1888, the Hotel Del Coronado is rich with history. When the hotel first opened, the front porch consisted of a large veranda that ran from the Ballroom to the Crown Room, and the entryway served as an inviting place to welcome guests. Now, the beautifully rebuilt front porch is open and welcomes owners and guests alike to relax in rocking chairs as they take in the ocean breezes and resort views. 

The Front Porch Swing

Now a weekly event at The Del, the Front Porch Swing offers a place to dance, socialize, enjoy drinks and take in the beauty of the iconic resort. With exciting themed cocktails and various wine offerings to choose from, the Front Porch Swing is sure to delight.

Front Porch Cocktails

At the Front Porch Swing, choose from a delicious array of cocktails, from the Sun Deck Lemonade, the La Tea Da and the Fig Hinny. Wine is also available, with selections from Cabernet to Sauvignon Blanc.

Q+A With Serẽa’s Executive Chef, Jojo Ruiz

A San Diego Native himself, Serea’s Executive Chef Jojo Ruiz draws on his own experiences to create innovative beach-inspired dishes with local ingredients at Serẽa. We caught up with Jojo to discuss his innovative and sustainable cooking practices and what Shore House owners can expect from the new, reimagined dining experiences at The Del.

What is your background in the culinary arts and what inspired you to become a chef?

I actually didn’t want to be a chef, I wanted to build motorcycles and cars. But when I was fifteen years old, my dad’s friend got me my first job as a dishwasher and I worked my way up to working on the sushi bar by the time I was 17. Graduated early and decided to go to culinary school at San Diego Culinary Institute. After I graduated, I took an internship with Brian Malarkey at Oceanaire and he hired me a week into my internship. 

How would you describe your personal cooking style/philosophy?

 My personal style of cooking is seasonal, sustainable and relatable.  

What drew you to work with the Hotel del Coronado specifically? 

Honestly, I manifested working in that hotel from the time I barely started cooking. The Del has always been iconic when it comes to seafood offerings so I manifested it and it ended up happening.

As a San Diego native, how do local ingredients and the surrounding beach culture inspire your cooking?

It inspires everything. I spent a lot of time in Rosarito with my grandparents. Being by the ocean and being by the water is something that has always resonated with me. 

You were recently recognized as a 2019 James Beard Foundation Smart Catch Leader for your work with sustainable seafood and prime meats. Beyond using local and seasonal ingredients, can you tell us a bit about your commitment to ocean-friendly initiatives and sustainable practices in your cooking?

We try to respect all of our products as much as we can by using every part of what we receive. We try using local produce which helps with the carbon footprint and truly asking where all of our seafood is coming from. We have great partnerships with local purveyors and they help guide us in the right direction.

As the Executive Chef of Serẽa at Hotel del Coronado, what can you tell us about the restaurant’s sea-to-table dining experience?

The design of the restaurant was based on being fresh and truly feeling sea to table by using the products we have. The raw bar has a story to tell by showcasing all of our products.

Serẽa at The Del

What’s your favorite item to prepare from the menu at Serẽa? 

My favorite item to prepare is the Baja Kampachi Sashimi. 

How has The Del’s recent re-imagination evolved the overall experience at Serẽa? 

It’s lighter and more family-friendly. I’m also looking forward to specially curated dining experiences for Shore House owners, some of whom I’ve already met and looking forward to meeting the rest of them and their families.

Can you share some insight on The Del’s Chef’s Garden, specifically what’s grown there and how it’s incorporated into the menu?

 Strawberries, Strawberry Guavas, Shallots, Leeks, Rosemary, Thyme. 

We’ve heard that when you’re not in the kitchen you spend your free time restoring Harley-Davidsons and custom motorcycles. How did this hobby come to be?

I grew up around cars and motorcycles. I actually sold my Harley and now have a 1966 Impala Convertible Lowrider. I have many hobbies but mainly cars, motorcycles and yoga.

A Guide to Mother’s Day at The Del

From serene spa experiences to decadent beachfront dining, The Del offers endless ways to shower Mom with love. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate Mom this year, right here at The Del. 

Enjoy a Special Mother’s Day Brunch

Start Mother’s Day on the right foot with an elegant brunch in the hotel’s beautiful Ocean Ballroom. With an incredible selection of culinary delights, the lavish brunch features regionally inspired dishes, a chilled seafood bar, international cuisine and a spectacular dessert bar. 

Relax at the Spa & Salon at The Del

The Spa & Salon at The Del is a coastal sanctuary that taps into the healing power of the sea, where guests can relax into ocean-inspired treatments that will soothe the mind, body and spirit. At the Del Spa, Mom can treat herself to a day of pampering at the Marilyn Monroe-inspired Beauty Bar, and even retreat to the private Spa terrace with a vanishing edge pool for a day of relaxation. 

Head to the Shops at The Del

Explore seaside treasures, home goods, signature apparel and beach-inspired fashion at The Del’s specialty shops. With stunning keepsakes and trendy resort wear, these spots offer the perfect daytime activity for Mom. Plus, find the perfect Mother’s Day gift at Beachouse or Weekends.

Enjoy a Sunset Roast

Experience the enchanting traditions of Venice, Italy right here in San Diego with a serene gondola ride One of The Del’s favorite traditions, roasting s’mores on Del beach is the best way to end a perfect Mother’s Day by the beach. Gather around a private bonfire set to striking sunset views and enjoy delicious s’mores with the family. 

Hotel del Coronado Now Accepting Reservations for its New Luxury Hotel, Shore House at The Del

New residential hotel experience opening September 2022 to offer oceanfront views and sophisticated amenities, marking final milestone in The Del’s master plan reimagination.

The legendary Hotel del Coronado, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, today announced Shore House at The Del is now accepting reservations in advance of its anticipated September opening. The elevated oceanfront resort offers a new residential-style hotel experience unlike any other and marks the completion of Hotel del Coronado’s $400 million Master Plan reimagination.

“This new beachfront hotel marks yet another exciting chapter for the resort and establishes Hotel del Coronado yet again as an iconic destination for years to come,” said Harold Rapoza, general manager, Hotel del Coronado. “Shore House at The Del provides a significant opportunity for us to deliver a sophisticated modern beach house experience, complemented by all of the elevated amenities travelers desire, with a home-like setting that allows for privacy, connection and celebration all at once.”

Situated on a golden stretch of Coronado beachfront, Shore House at The Del features 75 seaside one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, in a bright, modern neighborhood atmosphere. Upon arrival, guests will experience a dedicated resort entrance, valet, and check-in that unfolds into a light-filled private lobby. The residences feature an array of contemporary coastal details with elegant bedrooms, spacious bathrooms, well-equipped coastal kitchens, spacious living rooms, a washer/dryer, and large verandas to take in the ocean, harbor, or resort views. 

In addition to enjoying coveted access to Hotel del Coronado’s robust collection of amenities, from its numerous dining venues, including Serea, Sun Deck, Babcock & Story Bar, ENO Market & Pizzeria, and more, to a host of wellness offerings and well-appointed beach and pool environments, Shore House at The Del guests will enjoy a variety of thoughtfully curated spaces. The exclusive hotel experience includes a dedicated zero-edge ocean-view pool with day beds, sun loungers, and private cabanas; an open-air poolside bar; a fully-appointed bistro with a dedicated space for chef’s table events; grand living room with indoor-outdoor spaces; various lounge areas and fire pits. 

Shore House at The Del rates will start at $1,699 per night*. *Subject to availability; certain restrictions apply. For more information on Shore House at The Del, or to book online for stays beginning October 2022, please visit: https://hoteldel.com/stay/shore-house/

Shore House at The Del will form part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 world-class brands. For more information or to book a reservation, visit Hilton.com

For more information about Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit newsroom.hilton.com/curio.

5 Ways to Explore Coronado Island

From scenic gondola rides to educational walking tours, Coronado offers endless ways to experience the island. Read on for how to discover the island’s rich history and celebrated spots for dining, entertainment, sightseeing and more. 

Historical Walking Tours

For a perfect way to experience the history of Coronado while you’re sightseeing, join in on a leisurely guided tour around the island. These walking tours welcome young and old to enjoy the comfortable pace of the two mile walk. Private tours are available for groups. Grab tickets for a historic Coronado walking tour here

Trolley Rides

Check out some of the most famous Coronado attractions with Old Town Trolley Tours. A family favorite, these trolley rides help you explore the sights and sounds of Coronado, and let you hop on and off along the way to stop at some of Coronado’s favorite dining and entertainment attractions. 

Segway Rentals

This three hour excursion offers an adventure like no other. Enjoy the ride while taking in the historic sights around the island and stopping for premier shopping and dining spots. Find more information on Segway tours and rentals here

Gondola Rides

Experience the enchanting traditions of Venice, Italy right here in San Diego with a serene gondola ride around Coronado. Explore the magical Coronado Cays at sunset to see Coronado Bay in an entirely new way. Click here to find out more about upcoming gondola rides. 

Culinary Walking Tour

Experience the sights—and bites of Coronado on a Culinary Walking Tour. Try some celebrated dishes from local restaurants, stroll through town and learn famed stories about Coronado from locals between delicious samplings.