Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara is nestled amid rolling foothills in relaxed coastal Carlsbad, just 40 minutes north of Downtown. I like to call it a hidden gem.
It’s one of my most booked and requested properties in the County. The intimate residential-style San Diego luxury resort earns many repeat guests who check-in for long and short stays.
Home-away-from-home residences come with full kitchens, fireplaces, separate bedrooms from living rooms, and high-end services — including the option for a pre-arrival Concierge to stock your fridge with preferred food and beverages.
Accommodations at Four Seasons Aviara can price very reasonably for what you get, especially combined with the Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits that you have access to through me. (By the way, I lived in a Four Seasons, so know what a stay in one of their properties should be like.) My full review is below.
WHAT I LOVE
- Service that exceeds my reader’s expectations
- Large villas with full kitchens at a usually-reasonable price for a Four Season
- Sofa beds in Superior King rooms
- Pre-arrival Concierge/kitchen stocking
- Two pools, each with their own separate children’s pool and whirlpool
- Driftwood Spa & Kids Club 760
- Farm-to-table cuisine at Seasons
- Access to world-renowned golf courses, including Aviara Golf Club
- Surf Concierge
- Weekly activity calendar
- Lead with Care health and safety program
GOOD TO KNOW
- There are two neighborhoods within the property — Summits and Meadows
- The kids’ pool is in the Meadows village
- Each neighborhood has its own restaurant, pool, and fitness center, but guests have unlimited access to both
- Extended stay packages can be customized
- $25/night resort fee includes self-parking
- Guests have access to an on-property resort shuttle and rental cars
- The beach is about 10-15 minutes away by car, depending on which beach you choose
- You can read about updated amenities and activities on their Welcome Back page.
What to Expect Now
Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara is currently open with modifications in line with the brand’s global Lead with Care program. You can read about what’s open, but here is a quick summary of what to expect.
- San Diego County requires that all people over the age of 2 wear face coverings when you can’t be further than 6′ from someone who isn’t in your household.
- Expect noninvasive temperature screenings and health questioning.
- Employees will wear face coverings.
- Housekeeping is available, but the evening turndown service is by request.
- All pools and dining are open with modifications. Room service is via contactless delivery.
- Spa, fitness center, kids’ club, and most activity-based amenities are closed. I’ve still mentioned these items below in detail for those planning vacations well in advance (hopefully, they will reopen sooner rather than later).
Residences and Rooms
Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara offers luxury accommodations that include nearly 250 well-appointed king guest rooms and various one- and two-bedroom residences (all referred to as villa rentals).
Each accommodation exudes coastal elegance with ocean and sand inspired décor. You’ll find luxurious features like plush pillow-top Four Seasons beds with comfortable down comforters, cozy sofa beds, and oversized furniture in each of their rooms and residences.
They also provide a kitchenette (king guest rooms) or a fully equipped kitchen (one- and two-bedroom villa rentals) with a microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle, and upgraded appliances. Grand bathrooms with designer toiletries, large flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, washers and dryers, Wi-Fi, air conditioning are also included. When you don’t feel like using your kitchen fully, there are barbecue grills around the resort for guest use, too.
Each accommodation features fully-furnished private balconies with stunning views of the rolling foothills, Aviara Golf Course, or the Batiquitos Lagoon.
Superior King Guest Room
Located on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd floors, Superior guest rooms embody the casual elegance of SoCal. Featuring 180-degree views of the Lagoon, golf course, or foothills, you can expect a small kitchenette with a microwave, sink, and minirefrigerator. A sofa bed can sleep one adult or two kids. This is a bonus for parents who prefer a king bed. You’ll also have a pretty marble bathroom.
Rooms are located in either the Meadows or Summit neighborhoods and provide 425 square feet of space. They can accommodate two adults and two children, or three adults.
One-Bedroom Resort Residences (Top Pick)
Feel right at home in this spacious villa offering 1,245 square feet of space in either the Meadows or Summit villages. Located on the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd floors, they can accommodate three adults or two children and two adults.
They feature a master bedroom with a master en suite, a sleeper sofa in the living room, a powder room with a full-size shower, a fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen that includes a large double-door refrigerator. These residences also offer views of either the foothills, lagoon, or golf course.
One-Bedroom Premier Resort Residences
Slightly larger, the One-Bedroom Resort Residences provide 1,330 square feet of space and can accommodate four adults, or four adults and two children.
They are located in both Summit and Meadows villages but are only situated on the third floor. These bright and airy top floor residences each have a fully-equipped kitchen, two private balconies, a powder room with full-size shower, and either a view of the lagoon, golf course, or gardens. You have a pull-out sofa in the living room. The master bedroom comes with a master en suite, and also a pull-out sofa next to the bed.
Two-Bedroom Resort Residences
The only two-bedroom option, this is the perfect accommodation for larger families and groups. With 1,670 square feet of space, they can accommodate up to four adults and two children.
Located in either neighborhood, Meadows or Summit, they are equipped with fully-furnished kitchens, an open living and dining area, two bedrooms with king beds and master bathrooms, two sofa beds, three bathrooms, and three balconies with a view of either the golf course, lagoon, or foothills.
Contact Me For AvailabilityThe two-bedroom residence isn’t always shown as available on the Four Seasons website. I can check its availability for you.
Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara Dining
Like everything at the Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara the dining is luxurious; it is also incredibly delicious.
With handcrafted seasonal menus created by some of the most renowned chefs in the world, your taste buds are sure to be pleased any time of day or night in any one of their amazing eateries.
From their elegant main dining room to their in-room dining and everything in between, the menus are creative, elegant, and extremely well-curated, utilizing only the finest and freshest local ingredients.
A proud supporter and partner to local San Diego farmers and producers, their well-known suppliers include NEWPORT Meats Co., Santa Monica Seafood, and Prager Brothers Bread.
Seasons Barista Bar
For a quick pick-me-up or a fast snack to tide you over until the next meal, stop in at Seasons Barista Bar. A warm and cozy coffee shop, they offer a selection of gourmet grab-and-go goodies, fresh-squeezed juices, teas, and specialty coffee and espresso drinks.
Everything is artfully prepared from the pastries to the lattes, plus signature sandwiches and hand-selected bottles of New World and California wines.
Seasons Restaurant has exposed beam ceilings, classic handcrafted wicker and wood furniture, and beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. It is the epitome of California chic. Infused with natural light and a contemporary beach-town charm and décor, it’s the culinary epicenter of the Residence Club.
Featuring farm-to-table cuisine with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients, they serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily in this fresh and relaxed environment.
You’ll find a variety of classic and diverse SoCal fare in everything from their Hash Brown Stack — poached eggs, hash browns, sausage, tomato, arugula, sour cream, and hollandaise to their Avocado Benedict and Lemon Ricotta French toast for breakfast.
Lunch brings you a unique selection of soups, salads, burgers, wraps, and seasonal signatures like Skuna Bay Salmon or Beal & Pork Bolognese.
Dinner offers an eclectic array of starters, soups, salads, and mains to be paired with a small menu of delectable sides. Pan seared swordfish or a 7-ounce prime petit filet coupled with maple bourbon carrots and whipped Yukon potatoes are just a couple examples of what’s in store for you here.
Seasons Barista Bar
The lobby bar restaurant for take-out is Seasons Barista Bar. Here you can pick-up a gourmet coffee and delicious sandwich but also take a bottle of wine back to your villa.
Seasons Summits Grill
When you’re ready for a break from splashing around the pool, Seasons Summits Grill provides al fresco dining around the Summits Pool.
Serving up delicious eats from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and craft cocktails from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can dine on selections like freshly made fish tacos, washing them down with specialty cocktails like their blackberry jalapeño margaritas. Their famous Sirloin Burger and California Cobb salad are popular lunch menu choices.
They also feature an incredible kids’ menu. Little Surfers has selections that include chicken tenders, grilled cheese, a cheeseburger, and an all-beef hot dog with sides like celery sticks, carrots, and fries.
Palmera Pool Dining
Spend the day at the Palmera Pool without having to figure out what to do for lunch, thanks to their outdoor poolside menu. Created at the Summits Grill, you can choose from a small menu of tempting offerings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, served waterside by professional and attentive staff members.
Providing a little something for everyone, the menu features a collection of shareable bites, salads, burgers, and wraps. Parmesan Truffle Fries and the Chef’s Whim Ceviche are just a couple of the delicious choices.
Whether you’re interested in a quiet dinner for two, a family-style dinner, or an impromptu lunch, in-room dining at Seasons has you covered from day to night. A fun children’s menu is also available.
You’ll find an impressive collection of breakfast favorites, starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, housemade signature dishes, and mouthwatering desserts like their famous chocolate chip cookie with vanilla bean milk — an ideal bedtime snack for your littles.
Room service is currently packaged in to-go containers and delivered using a contactless delivery method.
Note: These experiences are currently paused. I’m leaving them here as placeholders so that you can see how focused the hotel is on the guest experience. There are three dynamic culinary experiences at Four Seasons Aviara: Chef’s Table, At the Counter, and Craft & Crust.
Offering you the ultimate backstage pass, Chef’s Table is the most exclusive and chic dining experience providing an interactive peek at how the renowned chefs at Seasons prepare their New American cuisine. You’ll sit front row at the most exciting and private table, smack dab in the middle of the kitchen as they create their gourmet ingredient-driven culinary masterpieces.
At the Counter
Offering a similar experience, At the Counter also includes an up-close look at the culinary magic of legendary chefs who dazzle in the Seasons Kitchen Counter restaurant. You’ll dine kitchen-side as they prepare their culinary delights in this dynamic working kitchen. Prepare for an exciting five-course meal made from the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Craft & Crust
The most laid-back of the three culinary experiences, Craft & Crust is just what its name implies, a few hours spent alongside an exceptional pizza connoisseur who delights in teaching you how to create the perfect pizza. You’ll prepare and cook your own fresh-baked specialty pizza to be paired with the perfect, ice-cold pint of craft brew.
The Heated Swimming Pools
There are two gorgeous outdoor pools on the Four Seasons Aviara property. One is situated in the Meadows neighborhood, while the other is located in the Summits neighborhood.
They are both heated at a comfortable 83 degrees Fahrenheit year-round and surrounded by plush chaise lounges. Each also features a separate children’s pool and a heated whirlpool.
Located just steps away from the Meadows Clubhouse, the Palmera Pool is a grand free-form outdoor pool that reaches 4.5 feet in depth and features underwater music the kids are sure to love. Adults will enjoy upscale amenities that include chilled towels, Evian spritzes, and poolside service of both food and refreshments. Private cabanas are also available for guest use.
As a bonus, you can enjoy the gentle coastal breeze and listen to the soothing sounds of rustling palm trees with a poolside massage provided by the professionals at Driftwood Spa.
Nestled near the Summits Clubhouse, Summits Pool is a free-form pool offering the same great amenities as the Palmera Pool including Evian spritzes, complimentary bottled water, and chilled towels.
Poolside food and beverage service comes from Summits Grill and delivered straight to your lounger. The pool reaches a depth of five feet.
During normal times both pools often offer guests surprise snacks and icy treats! My daughter looks forward to these treats at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide. It’s all about the little details. They also normally do poolside s’mores on Wednesdays.
Beach Life at Four Seasons Aviara
Hit the beach like a local with help from the resort’s surf concierge, beach rentals, and beach town tour guide. Whether you’re a novice or an expert surfer, the resort’s “wave connoisseur” will have you out on the water in no time with everything you need for a successful surf session.
Four Seasons Aviara offers beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and beach toys for a fun day out on the sand.
For the ultimate beach experience for you and your family, check out one of their three exceptionally designed beach town tours — Historic Highway 101, Del Mar Drive, and Encinitas Beach Cruise & Outing. A local guide, Bruce Wood, leads all tours. He’ll give you the inside scoop for the area of your choice as he drives you around in a vintage, wood-paneled 1951 Ford Woodie Station Wagon.
Each tour includes its own list of landmarks and highlights where you’ll stop off and explore the neighborhoods and their most prominent sights as you delight in the sunshine and fresh coastal air.
With a décor inspired by the ocean and gorgeous light-toned wood furnishings that reflect the sands of its beautiful beaches, Driftwood Spa is a beautifully designed space providing everything you need to relax and unwind.
There are three uniquely-designed spa treatment rooms, a well-designed nail salon, an ultramodern fitness room, and a yoga and Pilates studio. Services include massages, skincare therapies, body treatments, and nail care featuring Sparitual polish, a vegan, eco-conscious brand.
Driftwood Spa at Four Seasons also has a collection of Teen Treatments, a special menu for younger spa-goers.
Find your bliss, soothe your spirit, and calm your mind before or after any Driftwood Spa treatments in their serene Relaxation Lounge. Relax with a cup of Rishi Organic Tea and a nutritious, light snack as you read or enjoy a few minutes of quiet meditation before returning to your vacation.
Fitness Center and Activities
There are two fitness centers at Four Seasons, one in Meadows providing 1,530 square feet of space and one in Summits offering 1,037 square feet of space. The latter is situated next to Driftwood Spa located, near the yoga pavilion.
Both centers overlook a sparkling pool and feature state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment with private televisions and personal headsets. A collection of treadmills, elliptical machines, recumbent bikes, stair climbers, weight machines, and free weights are available at both locations. They are also equipped with separate men’s and women’s locker rooms featuring steam rooms and showers.
Four Seasons also offers a wellness program featuring personal training for individuals, couples, and groups; circuit training; and daily group fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, and barre — a full-body workout inspired by ballet. Yoga-Lates, Nia Dance Fusion, and Golf Strength & Flexibility — a 60-minute class focused on strengthening your shoulders and core — are just a few of the additional classes they offer.
If you’re interested in personal training sessions, they provide various workout packages, plus one-hour nutrition consultations. Additional fees apply for workout classes and all personal training sessions.
Four Seasons Yoga Pavilion
Relax and unwind in this open-air sanctuary while experienced professionals guide your body through transformative yoga classes. Four Seasons offers various yoga styles, including Vinyasa — a breath-synchronized and movement yoga, Hatha Yoga — a holistic yogic path, and Restorative yoga — a gentle healing Hatha style that utilizes props.
Recreational Sports Onsite
Guests also have access to the activity centre which offers sand volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, and croquet. You can also take a walk along the lagoon walking trail.
Four Seasons is located in the heart of golf country with access to some of the best golf courses in Southern California including the onsite Aviara Golf Club, Gears Performance Center, and Aviara Golf Academy.
You may want to check with the concierge as well to see where else you can secure tee times.
Amenities for Children
Children are valued guests at Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara. If you’re wondering why I ask you for the names and ages of your kids when you reserve a stay here (or at other Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts worldwide), it’s because they like to create a personalized experience for them, too. This can include goodies and treats.
You can also request practical gear so that you don’t have to pack it. This includes complimentary baby/child toiletries, child-size bathrobes, cribs, high chairs, and childproofing equipment.
Kids also have their own private Club 760, a completely tricked-out playroom highlighted by red furniture featuring fun bean bag chairs and various gaming consoles, including Wii and Xbox.
Club 760 provides various activities such as arts and crafts, board games, books, Ping-Pong, movies, video games, and swimming. It’s mostly a non-staffed play area, so kids age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult unless staff supervised activities occur.
However, check the schedule, especially in the summer months for supervised play times for ages 4–12, so that you can hit the spa or play some golf while they’re having a blast.
Babysitting services are also available with advanced notice and for an additional cost.
Friends and Family at Seasons Lounge
Unwind with friends in a warm and cozy atmosphere in Seasons Lounge. Equipped with a variety of plush seating and ample tables, this area is ideal for some friendly competition between loved ones with its billiards table and board games.
It’s also the ideal place for a moment of quiet relaxation with a warm and inviting fireplace, large plasma-screen television, and a quaint window seat — the perfect reading nook.
The Aviara Neighborhood in Carlsbad
The quiet Carlsbad, CA neighborhood surrounding Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara is predominantly residential. Park Hyatt Aviara is next door to the resort.
Both overlook tranquil Batiquitos Lagoon. Those interested in exploring this ecological reserve can hop on one of the Four Seasons Golf Course trailheads connected to the main trail and Nature Center. Trail guides that identify unique points of interest are available at the Nature Center or from a bird box at each trailhead.
The drive to the beach depends on which beach you choose. In Encinitas, Moonlight Beach, just over 15 minutes away from the resort, is popular with guests for its excellent range of amenities, including sand volleyball courts, a children’s playground, and seasonal live music. South Carlsbad State Beach is the closest beach at about 10 minutes by car.
Other nearby attractions include Carlsbad Village, a quaint seaside retail village of unique shops and restaurants; LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium theme and water parks; Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park; and the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden.
One of the concerns that I receive the most about this resort is whether it’s too far north. It’s not, but whether the location is right for you also depends on how much you value the resort amenities and what your San Diego vacation itinerary entails. I can help you figure this out when you send me your dates below.
During normal times, there can be traffic at rush hour along the I-5 corridor between Carlsbad and Downtown. Without traffic, the drive to San Diego Airport is about 35 minutes. With traffic, it can take significantly longer. You can plan around traffic. Many guests love this resort so much that they don’t mind driving to the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.
The BEST Way to Make Reservations
Four Seasons Residence Club San Diego, Aviara is one of the luxury hotels I can book for you with agent-exclusive amenities through the Four Seasons Preferred Partner Program. You will receive:
- $75 Daily breakfast credit
- One-time resort credit: $100 for Superior King Guest Rooms, $200 for One Bedroom Villas, $300 for Two Bedroom Villas
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
- Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites
- Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
My VIP clients book in this way, and so do I. Please send me your dates, and I’ll tell you what’s on offer.