Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa is one of my most frequently booked luxury resorts in San Diego. Not only is it a Forbes Five Star and a AAA Five Diamond property, but through me, you have access to extra benefits through two VIP programs: Hyatt Prive or Virtuoso.

People stay here when they want a big full-service resort that has as many offerings for families as it does for golfers and business travelers. A very recent $50 million renovation refreshed all guest rooms, suites, and common areas throughout the resort.

Like the majority of our luxury resorts, it’s located inland about 10 minutes from the beach. You’ll find it in a lovely residential neighborhood called Aviara, surrounding a world-renowned golf course of the same name and the Batiquitos Lagoon. Another location selling point is that it’s midway between San Diego’s downtown and Orange County.

I’ll review what I know about the resort, how to book with extra benefits, how to select a room, and answer frequently asked questions.

Book with Hyatt Prive Benefits

I can book you in with Hyatt Prive benefits that include:

  • Daily breakfast for two at Ponto Lago restaurant
  • A $100 resort credit
  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability and restrictions.

I will also check Virtuoso benefits to see which program is best during your dates. You’ll earn World of Hyatt points either way.

Aerial view over Park Hyatt Aviara to the ocean.

WHAT I LOVE

  • Two bed rooms have two KING beds
  • The redesigned lobby and terrace are fabulous for dinner and drinks
  • Lots of activities like water slides for kids
  • The virtual golf experience in the TopGolf Swing Suite
  • Moonlight movies beginning at dusk on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer
  • Daily complimentary resort activities with special events surround all holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • Hyatt Prive benefits

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Babysitting services for when you and your spouse want a night out
  • Use the complimentary Mercedes-Benz Sprinter shuttle to get to the golf course, tennis courts, and other remote areas of the resort
  • The closest beach is South Ponto State Beach, about a 10-minute ride by car
  • Courtyard rooms can have event views and noise up to 10 p.m.

Guest Rooms and Suites at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Much of the muted blue and grey decor is meant to reflect the Great Blue Heron who lives in the lagoon. And, thanks to its Spanish colonial architecture, it has a decidedly understated feel of Mediterranean elegance.

All guest rooms and suites at the resort have private balconies with teak furnishings where you can watch the sunset or sunrise, depending on your room location, or simply enjoy a drink, relax and enjoy life.

Even the standard guest rooms are spacious at 540 square feet. Of the 327 rooms, 43 are suites. All have modern, clean, and simple furnishings that exude a low-key luxury vibe, along with a subtle blue, gray, and white color palette that is a nod to the great blue heron.

NO ROLLAWAY BEDS

The resort did away with rollaway beds when it renovated so you will need connecting rooms or a connecting room to suite arrangement when traveling with more than four people who need beds.

Standard Guest Rooms

All standard guest rooms have either one king bed with a queen sleeper sofa or two king beds, a marble bath with dual vanity sinks, plus a soaking tub and a shower. You’ll even find real glasses and dishware plus a wine opener in these rooms. Other notable in-room amenities include:

  • 55-inch television with Chromecast video streaming
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Premium Le Labo bath amenities
  • Two Frette robes and slippers
  • Turndown service
  • Mini-fridge
  • Illy espresso/coffeemaker and tea kettle
  • In-room safe

Standard guest rooms come in these view types:

  • Coastal View: Views over the lagoon to the coast.
  • Pool View: Sparkling pool and garden views.
  • Courtyard View: Overlooking the central courtyard.
  • Foothills View: View of local foothills and homes.
  • 1 King or 2 Kings: Entry level room that looks at the resort grounds (could include parking lot).
  • ADA accessible room with tub or shower: Can have either a garden or foothills view.

ROOM SELECTION TIPS

Pool and Courtyard View rooms price the same. Events like receptions and weddings happen in the Courtyard up until 10 p.m. so your room may over look these. Coastal View is the top guest room category and my top pick. I try to book Hyatt Prive guests into Pool or Courtyard and have them upgraded at time of booking to Coastal View.

Standard Suites

A Park Hyatt Aviara Standard Suite living room.

Standard suites have 855 square feet and are generally lower-level accommodations with two terraces that overlook a specific area within the resort.

Features include one king bed, a separate living room with a queen sleeper sofa, a marble bath with two vanity sinks, a soaking tub, and a shower. You’ll find an additional half bath in some suites. Standard suites reflect their location within the property and include:

  • Pool Suites
  • Courtyard Suites
  • Fireside Terrace Suites (has a firepit)

SUITE TIPS

Pool Suites DO NOT have direct pool access.

Premium Suites

Premium Garden Suites

Spread out and enjoy leisure time in these 1,140-square-foot suites that overlook the resort’s lush gardens and have partial coastline views. Premium garden suites feature a bedroom with a king bed and a full master marble bathroom with dual vanities, along with a separate but smaller full-sized bathroom.

The living area has a queen sleeper sofa and a small dining table for two but does not have kitchen amenities. Guests will also enjoy two furnished balconies.

Blue Heron Suite

This nature-inspired suite overlooks the Aviara Golf Course and the Batiquitos Lagoon, home to these stately waterfowl. It features two balconies, one of which opens off the master bedroom and a larger one that opens off the living room. This specialty suite has a large living area with a dining area that seats eight and a kitchenette with full-sized appliances.

Guests also enjoy two full-sized bathrooms, a Bose stereo system, and access to digital newspapers and magazines. The Blue Heron Suite also gives you the option to connect to another room to turn this suite into a two-bedroom accommodation.

Palmer Suite

Putting green on the terrace of the Palmer Suite.
Your own putting green.

Located on the first floor of the resort overlooking the golf course designed by Arnold Palmer is the suite named after this legendary golf professional.

You’ll enjoy 1,640 square feet of space with a king master bedroom, a separate living area with a dining table that seats eight, a kitchenette with full-sized appliances, two full bathrooms, and the ability to connect to adjoining rooms to create a two- or three-bedroom suite.

This accommodation is ideal for golfers as it includes a putting green on one of the suite’s two patios.

Presidential Suite

Presidential suite living room at Park Hyatt Aviara.
Presidential Suite living room

Panoramic coastal views from two patios and premium comfort characterize this distinctive suite that boasts 2,140 square feet, a living area with a queen sofa sleeper and multiple seating areas, a separate dining space, and a food preparation area with a dining table that seats eight and a kitchenette with full-sized appliances, a Bose stereo system, and access to digital newspapers and magazines.

This accommodation has the option to connect to adjoining rooms to create a two- or three-bedroom suite.

Park Hyatt Aviara Restaurants

Not only did the dining spaces at Park Hyatt Avira get a full remodel, but they were also reimagined in terms of the food offered. Guests have a choice of four places to indulge in dinner and drink, including one that is exclusive to resort guests.

Ember & Rye

The bar area at Ember & Rye.
Rendering of Restaurant

The resort’s new signature restaurant, Ember & Rye, replaces the Argyle Steakhouse, formerly one of the area’s most beloved culinary offerings. Located in the clubhouse of the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Ember & Rye is the brainchild of Richard Blais, who rose to fame as the initial winner of Top Chef: All-Stars.

Blais is well-known for his unique and whimsical creations, yet the restaurant’s menu also retains the tradition of high-end golf clubhouses and old-fashioned steakhouses.

To that end, Argyle Steakhouse’s former head chef Willy Grigg remains on board, as does his popular pork ribs and other menu items like Scarlett’s Half-Chicken Francese and Ciro’s Super Beef Burrito.

The menu has more than 60 items, divided into six sections, including snacks, salads and appetizers, vegetable plates, meat entrees, seafood entrees, desserts, and “add ons” that include items like garlic croissants and Blais’s bottled steak sauce. Steaks are the heart and soul of the menu, including bacon-wrapped filet mignon, a 30-ounce Flannery beef ribeye, and a Japanese

Waygu sirloin, all cook over an outdoor grill near the patio. The fun creations here also include fresh seafood and locally sourced vegetables and fun offerings like radishes dipped in white chocolate. For libations, Ember & Rye emphasizes retro-style cocktails while also offering generous glasses of wine from prominent California winemakers.

Overlooking the golf course’s 18th hole, the redesigned interior is bright and offers golf decor that is not overwhelming, along with background music that trends toward Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Chubby Checker.

Ponto Lago

GET FREE BREAKFAST FOR TWO

If you book in as a Hyatt Prive or Virtuoso client, you’ll enjoy complimentary breakfast for two at Ponto Lago.
Ponto Lago main dining room.

You’ll find Baja-inspired cuisine available for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch at Ponto Lago. Menu items include fried egg and blue corn griddle tortilla and conchas French toast for breakfast, a daily roast special, catch-of-the-day, and an extensive ceviche and Crudo menu for dinner.

Diners will also find a craft cocktail menu and a large list of available agave tequilas to enjoy on the Ponto Logo’s lobby-level terrace. The restaurant also offers two private dining rooms, one for up to 14 guests, the other for up to 25 guests. These private rooms offer the ideal location to take in gorgeous California sunsets.

Pacific Point

Outdoor patio dining

This chic lobby bar and terrace restaurant offer Pacific Rim food, including a recently instituted sushi menu, along with Waygu short ribs, octopus poke, and roasted mochi carrots. The restaurant can get crowded on Friday evenings as many locals like to eat here and watch the sunsets. It’s walk-up as they do not take reservations.

The restaurant’s outdoor terrace offers heat lamps to take the chill out of fall and winter California evenings. Enjoy live music on the terrace on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Waters’ Edge

Seating around a firepit at Waters' Edge.
An outdoor space just for resort guests.

Resort guests only can enjoy a limited food menu during the day at this poolside venue. Waters’ edge also serves handcrafted cocktails that you can enjoy while taking in your beautiful surroundings.

Hotel Amenities at the Park Hyatt Aviara

Aerial view of the family and adults-only pools.
Aerial view of the pool deck — grassy areas on the left are great for pets and kids

Guests can expect a full complement of resort amenities, including a concierge, parking valet, laundry and dry cleaning, in-room dining, and overnight shoeshine service.

Upon arrival, guests also receive a list of complementary events that they can participate in during their stay.

Outdoor Swimming Pools

No resort is complete without swimming pools, and the Park Hyatt Aviara gives you two. The reimagined family pool area features a two-story waterslide, a splash pad, and an enlarged Jacuzzi. The pool here also has zero entry which means there are no steps for younger kids to navigate when going in to swim.

WATER SLIDE RULES

To ride, you must be a minimum height of 4 ft. (48″) or 3.5 ft. (42″) with a floatation device. The maximum allowed weight is 300 lbs (136 kg).

For a quieter experience, head over to the adjacent adults-only pool with two additional Jacuzzis.

Both pool decks are open 24 hours (the slides are not) and overlook the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. Luxury cabana rentals (reserve these in advance) are available with lounge chairs, a day bed, and a stocked mini-fridge.

Fitness

A group of guests enjoy an outdoor yoga class.
Outdoor yoga is popular.

The Aviara fitness center is open 24 hours a day to guests. You can access the center during the day via the Aviara Spa reception area or anytime through the fitness center[‘s side door with your guest room key.

Fitness classes offered by VeraVia are complimentary for hotel guests. Complimentary fitness services do not include lockers, whirlpools, steam sauna, or the spa solarium. These services are available on a limited basis for an extra fee (but included for Hyatt Prive and Virtuoso guests).

Guest can partake in a variety of all-inclusive wellness packages during their stay. These holistic, individualized programs range from a three-night Reboot Express to a four-week program. All services are based on your length of stay and your fitness goals.

As VeraVia only take a limited number of clients for these services, it’s a good idea to contact them before your stay to ensure that you can get the program you desire. Among the issues that Vera Via can address are weight loss, nutrition, executive health, stress management, and medical challenges. Wellness retreats are offered throughout the year.

For runners, the resort offers digital walking and running maps via the RunGol app. Trails include walking and running paths around the resort grounds as well as various trails around the Baquitos Lagoon.

Park Hyatt Aviara Spa

Guests will find 20 luxurious treatment rooms in this 15,000-square-foot spa, including one room that is completely devoted to couples’ massages.

To promote a healthy environment, Aviara Spa has implemented a system where advanced reservations are required and face coverings for every person entering the premises.

Available massage tyes include Aviara’s signature massage, CBD relief, bliss, deep tissue, athletic recovery, reflexology, and a special massage for expectant mothers.

For facials, select from the Aviara signature, hydra facial, circadian signature, age-defying, illuminating, clarifying probiotic, freshly picked organic, strawberry fields hydrating, or a gentlemen’s facial. Peels, eye brightening, and paraffin hand treatments are also available.

You’ll want to plan time to arrive early and linger for a little bit after your treatment in the indoor solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, and steam rooms.

Tennis Courts and Recreation Center

Located near the Aviara Golf Club are six state-of-the-art lighted tennis courts, including two clay courts, one with stadium seating.

The Aviara Tennis Club is ranked among the top 75 tennis resorts in the world. Private lessons are available, while general tennis clinics for resort guests are available on Saturdays. Guest can reserve courts on an hourly basis and can request match-ups for play.

In the tennis facility, you will find a recreational center where guests can play badminton, croquet, and sand volleyball daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Equipment is complimentary, and reservations are not needed.

Surf Concierge

The Park Hyatt Aviara may not be located directly on the Pacific Ocean, but that doesn’t mean that the resort staff won’t assist you in making the most of your time in the sun. Contact the surf concierge to arrange surfing lessons and other ocean experiences, or schedule a beach set up with umbrellas, chairs, and sand toys.

Also returning is the resort’s exclusive “Surfing with the Chef” experience, where guests begin the day by preparing breakfast with chef Pierre Albaladejo and continue by taking a surfing lesson from a local guide. The day ends with dinner on the beach with Chef Pierre. This experience includes a personalized surfboard that the Park Hyatt Aviara will ship home for you.

TopGolf Swing Suites

The giant screen, seating, and golf clubs in the TopGolf Suite.
Practice your swing here.

Links lovers, and anyone who has a mild interest in the game, should not miss this experience. Located near the main lobby, TopGolf offers two suites where you can practice your swing and participate in various interactive golf games and other multi-sport offerings on the floor-to-ceiling screen.

Not only can you perfect your swing here, but you can also enjoy gastropub-style food and drink, which comes as part of your rental fee.

As of this writing, the experience is available by the hour for resort guests but will eventually become available for rentals to larger groups depending on safety considerations.

Aviara Golf Club

One of the tees at Aviara Golf Club with sand bunkers in the background.
A pretty spot to tee off.

Links enthusiasts love the Aviara Golf Club, rated the top golf resort in San Diego and #32 in the United States by Golf Digest. The 7,007-yard, par-72 golf course fits into the area’s natural topography with water hazards almost looking like they are extensions of Batiquitos Lagoon located adjacent to the course.

Aviara’s unique 18-hole coastal layout is the only course in San Diego designed by golfer Arnold Palmer. The panoramas overlooking the lagoon prompted Palmer to design this course, which winds through stunning terrain that includes native wildflowers and rolling valleys along with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.

Guests say that playing the carefully maintained greens and fairways is like walking through a botanic garden. The two-story clubhouse matches the Spanish colonial architecture of the resort and includes 32,000 square feet of space that includes Aviara’s signature restaurant, Ember & Rye.

The clubhouse houses an award-winning golf shop and the Aviara Performance Center, where you can get custom golf clubs designed to fit your swing. The course also hosts the annual Kia Classic LPGA tournament, which I highly recommend attending to locals and visiting guests.

Golfers can improve their game through Aviara Golf Academy, the longest-running golf academy in the Western United States. Choose from one-, two- and three-day golf schools, private lessons, and on-course playing lessons. Golf Digest has recognized the academy as one of the top 25 golf schools in the country.

Weddings and Events

For more than a decade, the Park Hyatt Aviara has been considered one of the best wedding destinations in Southern California. It has a total of 78,000-square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces to satisfy your requirements for all kinds of functions, including birthdays, anniversaries, or corporate events. Outdoor venues include:

  • Avalon
  • Laviana
  • The Gardens
  • Fountain Terrace
  • Palmer Pavillion
  • Heron Lawn

The largest venue is the Grand Ballroom, which has a total of 11,700 square feet of space, including a pre-function foyer with 3,480 square feet. Other interior venues are:

  • Aviara Salon
  • Pelican
  • California Salon
  • Goldfinch

All newlyweds get a complimentary night at the resort plus romantic extras. Wedding parties may reserve a block of rooms for guests and may even reserve the entire resort.

The Park Hyatt Aviara event staff specializes in ethnic weddings and will help couples customize their reception menus. Among the ethnic weddings that the resort can arrange are Hindu, Jain, and Muslim weddings.

Park Hyatt Aviara with Kids

I have stayed here with my daughter and we’re long overdue for a return trip. There are kids menus available throughout the resort and chefs are more than willing to make customizations for picky kids when possible.

They’ll be happy to place a crib in the room if you need it. And there are games like foosball and air hockey in a game room. You’ll also always find something on the resort’s agenda that’s a fun family-friendly activity whether it’s s’mores or a sandcastle building contest.

Park Hyatt Aviara is also pet-friendly for dogs up to 50 lbs (75 lbs combined weight if you bring two dogs) with designated relieving areas and there were a few dogs in residence which was fun to see.

Fun Things to Do Near Park Hyatt Aviara

The resort is located away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego, but you’ll still find plenty of great activities if you choose to spend a day off the resort grounds. Try these attractions during your stay.

LEGOLAND California

An excursion to LEGOLAND California is a must for families with children. The nearby theme park features 60 rides, attractions, and a water park made of lego bricks. I have loads of advice on how to buy discount LEGOLAND California tickets and a promo code that you can access with the password lajollamom.

Batiquitos Lagoon

Located adjacent to the golf course, Batiquitos Lagoon is home to the Great Blue Heron and is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands in Southern California. Several easy walking and running trails wind through this protected ecological preserve, which dedicated hikers and families won’t want to miss.

Pacific Ocean Beaches

Three San Diego beaches are located near the resort: South Ponto Beach, Carlsbad State Beach, and Moonlight Beach.

South Ponto Beach is a popular Carlsbad beach with families and is closest to the resort, situated between California Highway 101 and the Batiquitos Lagoon.

Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach, is another family-friendly location. It’s also an ideal place to walk or jog, thanks to ta four-mile path that parallels the ocean.

Moonlight Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Southern California, is located in the neighboring community of Encinitas. This beach offers a grassy park in addition to the sand and surf. The resort offers a shuttle service to and from Moonlight Beach because it offers guests the most amenities including a snack bar, playground, and state-of-the-art lifeguard station

Mission San Luis Rey

This restored mission is the largest one in California. Still used as a seminary and a retreat center, Million San Luis Rey is a National Historic Site with buildings that blend Spanish, Mexican and Moorish architecture.

The Flower Fields

If your stay occurs between March 1 and Mother’s Day, a trip to the Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields is well worth your time. The massive flower garden encompasses nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, providing an annual riot of color.

GET MORE CARLSBAD TIPS

Check out my list of things to do in Carlsbad with kids and where to eat in Carlsbad.

FAQs About Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Here I’ll try to address the questions I hear the most when people are trying to decide whether this is the best place to stay for their vacation.

How Many Rooms Does Park Hyatt Aviara Have?

Park Hyatt Aviara is a 322-room resort spread across 200 acres. Rooms and suites are all in the main building and a shuttle can take you to the tennis courts and golf course.

How far is Park Hyatt Aviara from LEGOLAND?

It takes 15 minutes by car to reach LEGOLAND California from Park Hyatt Aviara Resort.

How Far Is Park Hyatt Aviara From the Beach?

It takes 10 minutes by car to reach the closest Carlsbad beaches from the resort which are either South Ponto Beach or South Carlsbad State Beach.

What Is the Quietest Guest Room?

The Coastal View guest rooms are the quietest on the property because they face the lagoon more than the public areas on the resort.

Can I Get a Tee Time at Aviara Golf Club if I’m Not A Memeber?

Yes. Aviara Golf Club has public tee times. You can book one directly. The rates depend on the time chosen but range between $130–$250.

How Much Is Resort Parking?

Expect to pay $45/night for valet parking. Self-parking is not accessible.

If I Book a Coastal View Room, Can I Be Upgraded to a Suite?

No. The way Virtuoso and Hyatt Prive upgrades work is that they are room to room or suite to suite, subject to availability.

Can the Complimentary Daily Breakfast for Two Include Room Service?

No. The Hyatt Prive and Virtuoso complimentary daily breakfast for two must be enjoyed in Ponto Lago restaurant (which is delicious).

Can I Buy a Day Pass to the Pool if I’m Not a Resort Guest?

Yes. You can buy a day pass or rent a cabana through our site partner, ResortPass.