Detailed Guide to Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
A plethora of amenities for kids and adults
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a 400-acre, Spanish-Colonial resort located in San Diego’s North County. Families gravitate toward the resort’s casual nature and trove of kid-centric activities, including one of San Diego’s most robust kids’ clubs.
Reasonably-priced suites and larger villas provide much-needed space for stays of all lengths. Two 18-hole championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, eight pools, 17 tennis courts, and the world-renowned Chopra Center for Wellbeing, also make this a nice getaway for travel-savvy adults, too.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa features on our lists of best hotels near LEGOLAND, best San Diego family hotels and accommodations for large families. We’re going to tell you how to select the right room, suite or villa and maximize your stay.
Table of Contents
- The Bottom Line
- Guestrooms and Suites at Omni La Costa Resort
- Villas at Omni La Costa
- Dining at Omni La Costa
- The Pools at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
- Omni La Costa Resort Amenities
- Kid-Centric Resort Amenities
- The Neighborhood
- Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Reservations
The Bottom Line
What We Like
- Myriad of family-friendly activities
- Spa, tee times, and dinner while kids are at Kidtopia
- Teen lounge
- Award-winning spa with excellent lounging facilities
- Sizeable Villas with designer kitchens for large families and longer stays
- Fantastic spa lounging facilities
- Chopra Center for Wellbeing
- Travel Leader Select amenities
Good to Know
- Pool hours are seasonal and subject to change (clients and readers report late afternoon closures of family pool areas during off-peak seasons)
- Family pool cafe is open in peak season only
- Inland location from the beach
- Rooms and buildings can use some TLC
- Use the resort map to help choose a room type
- Some guests report inconsistent service while most speak positively about it
- 7 minutes from Carlsbad airport/35 minutes from San Diego airport
Guestrooms and Suites at Omni La Costa Resort
Housed in white stucco buildings, the over 600 guestrooms and suites at Omni La Costa Resort feature a Spanish-Colonial style with a diverse color palette.
Some rooms were inspired by the nearby lagoon and the Pacific Ocean, while others were influenced by the golf course and immaculate grounds. Though they have subtle differences in layout and décor, they all share the same furniture, spacious marble-tile bathrooms, and modern in-room amenities.
Guestrooms and suites are between 425 and 1150 square feet and outfitted with plush bedding, a custom-built desk, an entertainment center with flat-screen TV, a coffeemaker with premium coffee, and a fully stocked mini-fridge. Also included are an in-room safe, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, two cozy robes, and an iPod docking station. High-speed Wi-Fi (can be slower in some rooms), cable, and on-demand movies are available.
Important Room Selection Advice
A majority of the guestrooms and suites were updated in 2011. Still, the popularity of this family-friendly resort means wear here and there. It is essential that you book in knowing that rooms and buildings show signs of age, especially because it is a popular resort and can price higher during peak season.
Which room category to pick largely depends on your preferred location on the resort. Plaza Rooms are near the Clubhouse and pools. Signature Rooms are on both sides of the Plaza Rooms, but mostly along the golf course. La Costa Rooms are toward the bottom of the map near the Villas. They’re bigger but a longer walk to the main areas.
If you read negative reviews about long walks and room location, it’s likely due to people booking in without understanding the layout of the resort. You won’t make that mistake because here is the resort map.
As some rooms are near the entrance road, if you are very sensitive to noise, request a quiet room (no guarantees, but it is worth a mention at the time of your reservation).
Located near several of the resort’s most popular amenities, including the restaurants, Clubhouse, and Splash Landing Pool, Plaza Rooms provide 425 square feet of space. Surrounding a serene courtyard with a large outdoor Jacuzzi, rooms feature either a king bed or two queen beds. A small seating area with a chair, ottoman, and side table is included in king bed rooms.
These rooms are typically preferred by families with young kids who aren’t keen to walk very far to hotel amenities.
Mostly overlooking the resort’s legendary golf course, some Signature Rooms offer scenic views. The same in-room furnishings and amenities of the Plaza Rooms are featured in these guestrooms. This room style also offers you the choice of one king bed with a small seating area or two queen beds without a seating area.
La Costa Rooms
The most spacious and luxurious of the guestrooms, La Costa Rooms provide 600 square feet of space, also with the option of one king bed or two queen beds. A sofa bed comes with the king bed option. It doubles as a comfortable seating area during the day with a round coffee table. These rooms also have larger marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.
Situated near the Plaza, the aptly named Plaza Suites are one-bedroom accommodations with anywhere from 850 to 1,100 square feet of space. The bedroom is equipped with either one king bed or two queen beds, and an expansive marble en suite.
The spacious living/dining room has a comfortable couch, coffee table, large dining table, and a custom-built desk. French doors open onto a private patio with picturesque views. Plaza Suites are centrally located, providing easy access to many resort amenities and activities.
La Costa Suites
On the smaller end for a suite, but no less well-appointed, La Costa Suites offer 650 square feet of space, including a separate bedroom with king bed. The bedroom has a spacious marble en-suite bathroom with dual-sink vanities, a deep soaking tub, and a separate shower. In the living area, there is a queen sofa bed, an oversized chair, a handcrafted desk with chair, and a round marble coffee table. French doors open onto a charming courtyard.
These suites are extremely popular with families who want a living area completely closed off from the bedroom as they are also some of the most reasonably-priced suites in town.
Explicitly designed with families in mind, these oversized Family Suites feature a whopping 1,150 square feet of space with two separate bedrooms. There are two queen beds in one bedroom and one king bed in the other bedroom. The two en-suites have dual-sink vanities, an oversized soaking tub, and a separate shower. The living room has a spacious seating area and French doors that open onto a private furnished patio. (These are basically guaranteed adjoining rooms.)
The Presidential Suite
The most lavish accommodation at Omni La Costa Resort is the Presidential Suite. This one-of-a-kind suite has 3,011 square feet of space. An arched floor-to-ceiling window provides panoramic views of the golf course.
The suite includes four balconies, a sitting area with fireplace, oversized sofa lounger, two oversized chairs, coffee table, six-person dining area with wet bar, small kitchen, and coastal décor. Two well-appointed bedrooms have private seating areas and expansive marble en suites. A third bedroom can be added for even more space.
Villas at Omni La Costa
Villas at Omni La Costa can be summed up in one word – more. They feature more luxury, more comfort, more space, and more value. These hacienda-style villas come in four designs with craftsman furnishings, stylish décor, and curated landscape artwork.
Villa amenities include well-appointed bedrooms with luxurious linens, large marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, and fully-stocked kitchens with stainless steel Viking appliances. You’ll find dishware, glassware, silverware, cooking utensils, and a Keurig coffee/tea maker with complimentary K-cups in the kitchen. Villas are also outfitted with large flat-screen TVs in each room, gas fireplaces, and private balconies or patios. Unlimited high-speed Internet is included.
If you are a luxury traveler who is keen to stay on the resort, I would choose the Presidential Suite or one of the Villas below. (Please make sure their location suits you.)
Though it may be the smallest villa of the bunch, the Villa Bedroom still has 625 square feet of space. You can choose either two queen beds or one king bed. It has French doors that open onto a private patio or balcony overlooking lush gardens. This is the only villa option that does not include a living room or kitchen. It’s a good option for families who want a little more space and privacy but aren’t necessarily looking for a home away from home.
Slightly larger with 700 square feet of space, Villas Studios feature an open concept with one king bed, and a petite kitchen with a two-burner stove, dishwasher, and microwave. It also includes a sofa bed, large dresser, small dining alcove, walk-in shower in the bathroom, and a washer and dryer. It’s an ideal home away from home for a small family of four.
Junior Villa Suite
Junior Villa Suites come in two sizes. One-bedroom villas have 850 square feet of living space, and two-bedroom villas have 1,475. The parlor has a sofa bed, and each bedroom has one king bed and a spacious marble bathroom with walk-in shower. Kitchens in Junior Villa Suites are the same as Villa Studios, and also include a washer and dryer. (You’ll see these villas sometimes referred to as Executive Villas.)
Available in one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs, Villa Suites are the largest accommodations at the resort. They offer between 1,200 and 1,800 square feet of space and include fully-equipped kitchens, a spacious dining table for six, and an expansive living room with a sofa bed. Each bedroom is equipped with one king bed, a marble en-suite, and a balcony or patio. Living rooms also have a patio or balcony.
Dining at Omni La Costa
There are six dining options at Omni La Costa Resort – Bob’s Steak & Chop House, VUE, Diversions, Marketplace, Spa Café, and Splash Café. From cool and casual to elegant and upscale, you have choices here. Some ingredients are from the onsite gardens and beehives.
Bob’s Steak & Chop House
A classic American prime steakhouse, Bob’s is known for its stiff drinks, savvy wine list, tender filets, and legendary, large glazed carrot. Bob’s is the best choice for a romantic dinner for two or a fancy family night out.
Known for its panoramic views of the resort’s championship golf courses, VUE is a modern eatery with creative dishes, craft brews, signature cocktails, and al fresco dining. It’s the ideal option for breakfast at sunrise or a scenic afternoon bite after a round of golf.
(If you book through me, breakfast for two at VUE is included, buffet or a la carte. Details are below.)
Diversions is an upscale lounge with oversized craftsman furniture, flat-screen TVs, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lush landscape and charming courtyard patio. Stop by on game day for mouthwatering appetizers, shareable plates, expertly poured craft beer, and a unique list of specialty cocktails.
The Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your necessities including food, gifts, and travel essentials. They offer an assortment of grab-and-go wraps, sandwiches, and homemade pizzas as well as sweet treats like chocolate and ice cream. Peet’s Coffee is also served here.
Located in the resort’s award-winning spa, Spa Café offers al fresco dining in a private garden courtyard with a satisfying and healthy menu of light, tropical dishes. Treat yourself to a Crab & Papaya Salad and their famous Blood Orange Bellini.
Splash Café (Seasonal Hours)
Adjacent to the Splash Landing pool area, Splash Café is a casual and convenient eatery featuring scenic views of the golf course, and offering an assortment of fresh, light, and delicious fare. Menu selections include a medley of salads, sandwiches, sweet treats, and cocktails. This is the perfect choice when the kids refuse to leave the pool. Splash Café is open seasonally.
The Pools at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
There are eight pools at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa that range from Splash Landing pools for the kids to Edge Adult Pool and Terrace for the over 21 crowd. If staying close to the right pool is important to your vacation, the resort map shows the location of each pool on the property.
Cabanas may be rented at Edge Adult Pool & Terrace that include two chaise lounge chairs, an outdoor living room with ceiling fan and flat-screen TV, a seasonal fruit and berry plate, and chilled bottled water.
Gazebos may be rented at the Family Pool and the Splash Pools. They include chilled bottled water and whole fruit, two chaise lounge chairs, table and chairs for four, and a ceiling fan. Find pricing for cabanas and gazebos here.
Please note: We’ve had readers turned away from the Sandy Beach family pool and Splash Landing pools/water slide areas due to early afternoon closures in off-peak season. The staff onsite has advised me personally that the best way to find out pool hours in the off-season is to call the resort a week or so before your stay. Omni La Costa’s website also states that pool hours are seasonal and subject to change.
Lifeguards, water slides, and Splash Cafe have seasonal hours.
Edge Adult Pool & Terrace
This lively pool and terrace are exclusively for guests who are 21 and up. Backed by the palm-lined Valley Promenade with gorgeous views of the golf course, the adult pool and Jacuzzis are set apart from the main complex of pools. It’s a great gathering place for soaking up some rays poolside with adult beverages or relaxing in a private cabana. During the evening, fire pits, fountains, and views create a romantic setting.
Two Splash Landing Pools
Splash Landing has a fun water play patio and toddler water slide for little guests, and two 100-foot waterslides where kids 48” or taller plunge into a separate pool. Both are adjacent to the Resort/Family Pool. Adults can ride with toddlers on the toddler slide.
Splash Café is open seasonally and serves family-friendly light fare, treats, drinks, and cocktails. If it is closed during your stay, poolside cocktails and food need to be ordered from elsewhere or brought in from Marketplace.
Sandy Beach Family Pool
Sandy Beach Family Pool is located next to Splash Landing. This zero-entry pool with a sand beach is the perfect choice for families with young children. There’s enough beach to play in the sand and build sandcastles. There are also private gazebos at this pool, and access to Splash Café during high season.
Two Garden Pools
At the other end of the resort, surrounded by Villa and La Costa Rooms, are two garden pools and two hot tubs. These two pools with their respective Jacuzzis are separated by a patio, large shade trees, palm trees, and tropical foliage that create a serene garden setting. There are numerous comfy, blue chaise lounge chairs and a few umbrellas around both pools.
Villa Pool & Jacuzzi
Villa guests in Building 7310 have a large separate pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by a large fenced in patio. Tropical foliage and palms, fountains, and a fireplace give this space a relaxed atmosphere. There are numerous blue chaise lounge chairs for sunning, a few wide umbrellas for shade, and some tables and chairs for dining, drinking, or conversation.
Spa Courtyard Pool
The Spa Courtyard Pool is the most luxurious pool on the property but is for the exclusive use of guests who schedule spa treatments. Guests walk through an arch of bougainvilleas to a serene garden courtyard overlooking the pool. Spa Café offers guests a menu of delicious and nutritious fare. Chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas encircle the pool and Jacuzzi. Roman waterfall showers and a reflexology pathway complete the experience.
Omni La Costa Resort Amenities
Tennis at Omni La Costa
Omni La Costa Resort offers a world-class tennis program overseen by Tennis Hall of Famer, Cliff Drysdale. They provide daily tennis instruction, clinics, and camps as well as private or group lessons. There are 17 hard and clay courts, seven of which are lighted for weekly tennis nights. Tennis programs are available for all ages from Tennis Tots to Tennis for Teens.
Golf at Omni La Costa
The resort offers 36 holes of golf at their Champions Course and Legends course. Both cater to families and offer resort perks like free play, lessons, and complimentary TaylorMade club rentals for children 15 and younger with paying adults. For 16- and 17-year-olds, 50% discounts apply with paying adults. Promotions are limited to twilight tee times. A Family Golf Program includes tee-off for four and a personal attendant for the day.
Fitness at Omni La Costa
The fitness center at Omni La Costa provides state-of-the-art workout equipment including stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, and treadmills, as well as strength training machines and free weights. Guests can also participate in any of 52 group fitness classes ranging from spin to Zumba. Personal training sessions are available for an additional cost.
The Spa at Omni La Costa
The Spa at Omni La Costa offers an eclectic array of skincare, bodywork, massage, and aromatherapy treatments using organic ingredients, sustainable products, and innovative techniques. The Spa has several unique features including a reflexology pathway and Roman waterfall showers. Guests can refresh in the private outdoor spa pool, sip a cocktail on a poolside chaise lounge, or dine al fresco at Spa Café.
The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa
Created by world-renowned holistic physicians David Simon, M.D. and namesake Deepak Chopra, M.D., The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa is a truly one-of-a-kind resort feature. A sanctuary for well-being, it’s nestled among lush gardens with inspiring views.
It is the ideal setting for renewal, offering several services, experiences, retreats, and live events. These include yoga, meditation, Chopra Fit, the Chopra Center Marketplace, the Chopra Spa Center, and Mind-Body Medical Consultations. You really should take advantage of the Chopra Center during your stay.
Kid-Centric Resort Amenities
Omni La Costa Resort puts a premium on family activities that appeal to kids and parents alike. It begins at check-in with VIK (Very Important Kid) gift bags and doesn’t let up until check-out. There are numerous programs for all ages and an action-packed activities schedule that updates weekly and includes seasonal festivities. Here are a few of the regularly scheduled activities you’ll find at this resort:
- Scavenger Hunts
- Nighttime S’more Roasting Sessions
- Dive-in Movies (poolside movies)
- Arts & Crafts Classes
- Ceramics Classes
- Limbo & Hula Hoop Competitions
- The Radical Reptile Show
- Bocce Ball
- Kids Fitness Boot Camp
- Surf Camp
In addition to their ever-changing activities, kid-focused amenities include Kidstopia Kids Club, Vibz Game Lounge, and golf and tennis programs, activities, and clinics.
Kidtopia Kids Club
Kidtopia Kids Club is a 6,000 square-foot, counselor-supervised nursery for kids six months to three years, and a play center for kids ages four to 12. Kidtopia features soft climbable furniture, small slides, and several activity stations. There is a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium of exotic fish, computer stations, a light floor, a seven-foot tree house, and a movie lounge. Their weekend Night Camp program is ideal for parents looking for a romantic evening for two.
Kidtopia’s generous hours and age allowances are often a reason why families book into Omni La Costa. We do not have a San Diego resort with nearly the same kids’ club offerings.
Vibz Game Lounge
The Vibz Game Lounge is a fun activity center for pre-teens and teenagers featuring an array of classic arcade and video games. This includes five Xbox 360 stations, two billiards tables, a foosball table, an air hockey table, and a basketball shot game. The space also features a TV lounge area with Skee Ball, a PGA pay-per-play challenge game, and a ping pong table.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located in Carlsbad, an upscale coastal community about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego. If you’d like to explore the neighborhood, Carlsbad Village is a good place to start with its mix of restaurants, cafés, bars, and boutique shops.
The most well-known Carlsbad attraction is LEGOLAND California, a toy-themed amusement park and waterpark that’s also host to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Carlsbad Premium Outlets features high-end brand outlets like Nike, Gymboree, and Barneys New York. Another noteworthy attraction is California Watersports on Aqua Hedionda Lagoon where you can rent everything from SUP boards to wave runners. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park explores the Hollywood star’s life, career, and former ranch. Carlsbad beaches are typically less crowded than others, and many are family-friendly. There are plenty of things to do in Carlsbad with kids or as a couple.
Most guests arriving via air will opt for a rental car to explore the area though Uber works well, too.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Reservations
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa often has sale rates available directly through Omni.
The benefits I list below do not apply to sale rates, but they do apply to their Best Available Rate. Those who are interested in booking in with a higher level of service and amenities, through me, can opt for Travel Leader Select benefits that include:
- $100 Resort credit per stay
- Complimentary full breakfast for two
- Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
- Room upgrade at time of check-in (subject to availability)
You’ll need to contact me with your dates and preferred room type to access these benefits.Send Me Your Dates
Overall, if you’re looking for a casual family resort with lots on offer for all ages, consider Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009