One of the many reasons why we’re blessed to live in San Diego County is because staycation options provide different experiences depending on the part of town chosen. With my husband away, what better place to take a girls’ getaway than the Forbes five-star Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, about 40 minutes north of La Jolla.
It isn’t really possible to experience everything Park Hyatt Aviara Resort has to offer by only checking in for one night, but we did a pretty good job.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Location
Aviara is a residential community in South Carlsbad, east of the I-5 freeway, that is home to the world-renowned Aviara Golf Club. It would take about 40 minutes to reach the resort by car from the San Diego International Airport and is 15 minutes from LEGOLAND California Resort. Gorgeous Carlsbad beaches are about 5 minutes or so away by car, depending on which beach you choose. You will likely need a car rental if not driving your own.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is perfect for those who would crave a leisure holiday at a family-friendly resort within walking distance to Aviara Golf Club and excellent tennis at a base near popular North County San Diego attractions.
Rooms with Tranquil Views
Our Park King Room boasted a relaxing panoramic view over Batiquitos Lagoon, one of the only remaining tidal wetlands in the state that is known for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Not a terrible place to have cookies and milk (or wine for me), right? These rooms average about 540 square feet and are nicely-appointed. The bed was particularly comfortable and a wide range of kid-friendly stations and more were available on the television.
I appreciated that toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant and a razor were provided along with luxe Bergamote bath amenities. They do have the little things covered in this regard. Another noticeable amenity included personalized stationary which I always feel is a nice touch for guests in residence at luxury hotels. Turn-down service is also available.
Two Lovely Pools
Lounge chairs decked out in pretty lime green line the family pool as do cabanas that are available for rental. A kids’ water play area turns on and off with a button and there are plenty of pool noodles for guests to float around with. Servers patrolled the area for drink and food orders with excellent frequency—always a bonus at a family pool! Kids could eat at a small picnic area specially-designed for them.
And while I was told that the hotel was at high occupancy, the pool areas certainly didn’t feel like it, probably because there are so many things to do in North County San Diego these days. I had my daughter with me so we didn’t venture over to the adult pool, but there were plenty of people over there enjoying cocktails from the bar area and the view over Batiquitos Lagoon.
If you’d like to skip swimming and just dine al fresco by the pool, head to the Ocean Pool Bar and Grill, where they serve sandwiches, salads, a kids’ menu and more.
Fun for Kids in the Game Room
A fantastic way to unwind before dinner is in the resort’s game room which has shuffleboard, air hocking, video games, pool, foos ball and more. It’s right next to the supervised Camp Hyatt kids’ club (which is open during summer months).
It was unstaffed during our visit but we were able to operate the games without any issues. Or, you really could stay outside to cartwheel around the resort’s grass and explore the pretty common areas.
Park Hyatt Aviara is also pet-friendly for small dogs with designated relieving areas and there were a few dogs in residence which was fun to see.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Restaurants
This luxury resort shines when it comes to dining. The signature Italian restaurant, Vivace, is known for its innovative menu and gorgeous views. Argyle Steakhouse is another gem, located in the Aviara Gold Clubhouse with views of the 18th green.
My daughter was exhausted from a full day of play around the resort so we opted for a casual dinner in the Lobby Lounge. The kids’ menu included a fun pasta selection where she was able to choose her own type of pasta and sauce. But we both totally splurged on a charcuterie board and a cheese board, both complimented by freshly-grilled farm bread. It was as good as it looks.
The next morning, we opted for buffet breakfast at the California Bistro. While there were a number of hot options (though no pancakes or waffles) at the buffet, my daughter was a fan of the cereal bar while I dove straight into the pastries.
Complimentary coffee and tea is also served in the atrium here for hotel guests and there is an a la carte menu to order from as well.
Golf, Tennis and Spa
This resort is really ideal for those who are golf and/or tennis enthusiasts. Aviara Golf Glub is an 18-hold Arnold Palmer-designed course that is often recognized as one of the best resort courses in America and home to the LPGA’s Kia Classic. The club has an awesome junior kids’ golf program that I would love for my daughter to take advantage of one of these days.
The six lighted tennis courts are available for reservation by the hour. One even has stadium seating. Guests may also reserve private lessons as well as a spot in the resort’s seasonal clinics, including an after-school program for kids.
I have been to the spa at Park Hyatt Aviara but not recently. I can tell you that it’s a beautiful full-service spa with 20 treatment rooms as well as an indoor solarium lounge area, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and locker and dressing areas. Should you need a blow-out or an entirely new hairstyle, try the Haim Salon (I have been to one in another location. The experience is quite lovely.) During a longer stay, spa will certainly be on my list.
Maybe it’s to do with an inland location but it is possible to score a room here for well under $300 outside of peak season, making the value received for such a nice hotel quite remarkable. If you’re looking for San Diego staycation ideas, this is a good one if you like to stay put in luxury hotels.
We did have a few very small service snafus that in the scheme of things were no big deal, but things that luxury travelers might notice (such as my requested newspaper didn’t arrive and a call when our room was ready was not received). Staff members were lovely and helpful when approached, but it’s not the type of place where they’re falling all over you to assist (as my husband sometimes describes it).
I definitely do recommend Park Hyatt Aviara Resort as a luxury hotel option in San Diego and have for some time.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011