By: Brandy Black
Park Hyatt Aviara, located in Carlsbad, CA just minutes from Legoland is a parents’ oasis. Formerly a Four Seasons property, I assure you it hasn’t lost its quality of service or attention to detail. Upon check-in a red wagon full of kiddie toys was presented to our daughter by one of the friendly front desk staff members.
Our room overlooked the Batiquitos Lagoon and offered a stunning panoramic view. But most important to these two busy parents was the fast and furious service that never left us wanting. In the time it took to walk from the lobby to the room the cleaning service had already made the couch into our daughter’s bed for the evening and the luggage was delivered promptly. This allowed us to get on with our vacation without hesitation or a more likely 3-year-old meltdown. We zipped down for a dip in the 83-degree water adorned with noodles for the kids. Our daughter was most pleased with the one-foot wading pool as it allowed her to securely attempt to swim. For the first time ever since starting a family we were able to kick back on the lounge chairs without worry as she splashed in delight.
The property offers amenities for children that make a parent grateful that someone understands the importance of a child’s happiness on vacation. Kid happy = parent happier. The goodie bag of treats delivered to the room, the complimentary sorbet guava smoothies passed around poolside, crayons at dinner with coloring books, a kid-sized buffet, a playroom of games (although I must admit there were more adults playing pool, air hockey, and shuffleboard than there were kids), Camp Hyatt and playground were all key ingredients to a happy family vacation. Beware –Camp Hyatt is only open during the day so the romantic dinner I fantasized about became a kid-friendly affair. For this reason, we only checked out the California Bistro restaurant but the food superseded the expectations of standard hotel fare.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family, with tennis courts, Arnold Palmer Golf Course, Beach Butler to escort you with chairs and umbrellas to the sandy beach, and the spa.
Overall it was a lovely stay, a beautiful property, and it certainly left us rejuvenated. I will note one more observation, given that this review is for a modern parent site: the resort was filled with a vast amount of diverse guests. There were mixed race couples, gay parents, straight parents, people of all colors and quite a few couples without children. I have stayed in other resorts in Carlsbad and San Diego and was delighted to find that this was the most diverse that I have seen yet.
Rack rate: $395 a night
Special event at Park Hyatt Aviara coming in September:
Saluting the ingredients, flavors, culture and talents of Southern California and its chefs, this special gastronomic Park Hyatt Masters event will feature a tour of a local Aquafarm – complete with an oyster and Sauvignon Blanc tasting and a eclade-style mussels lunch. After an afternoon of relaxation on the grounds of the hotel, a “Cal-Ital” winemaker dinner concludes the evening at the resort’s signature Italian restaurant, Vivace.