Getaway for a few days, when was the last time you’ve done this? It is a perfect way to relax, re-energize, re-focus and just have a great time. No need to plan, and just go on a whim.
I have awards for two free nights at any Hyatt hotel worldwide that would expire in June, 2013. Since my husband has total left hip replacement surgery in April, and was not sure how long his recovery would take, we decided to use our freebies before they expire. To take full advantage of our free nights, I wanted to use them at the most luxurious and/or expensive Hyatt hotel. Not wanting to fly or drive far, I considered Huntington Beach, San Diego and Carlsbad. In the end, we chose Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad based on good hotel reviews at TripAdvisor.
Situated on Southern California’s sun-drenched Pacific Coast, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort is a luxurious seaside hotel in Carlsbad, CA, just north of San Diego. Located within the master-planned community of Aviara, it is very private and secluded amid hillsides and rolling valleys. It sits atop a high ridge on the shore of Batiquitos Lagoon, surrounded by lush landscape, edged by one of top golf courses in San Diego. This spectacular setting provides natural beauty and tranquility.
As a Platinum member of Hyatt Gold Passport, we received free room upgrade to a higher floor with pool view, instead of the lagoon view I requested on our reservation. Cristina, from the reception desk, wanted to make sure we were happy, offered to show rooms on the lower level with partial view of the lagoon. We decided to keep our room on the higher floor. In addition, she offered us a choice of free amenities; a cheese plate and bottle of wine or fresh fruits. Wow, very nice and so accommodating. I made sure I gave her very positive feedback. Actually, all the hotel staff are very friendly and helpful.
The resort has two swimming pools, plenty of lounging chairs and shaded, draped tents. Their tranquility pool, reserve only for adults, is pretty amazing providing privacy and romantic setting. We came here during St Patrick’s weekend, perfect timing, as it was not crowded. Had we come the following week, this place would be so crowded for they were having golf tournament; and all their rooms were sold out.
I highly recommend staying at Park Aviara Hyatt Resort and Spa, albeit it’s not cheap with average rate of $300 per night. But if you are celebrating a special occasion/event, this place deserves consideration. It is beautifully landscaped, food delicious and luxuriously appointed. It is just the place to relax, indulge and enjoy.
Carlsbad, about two hours away from downtown Los Angeles, offers many things to do. Shopping at the Premium Outlet offers bargain prices; a visit to Legoland keeps your young ones entertained; spectacular and colorful display of ranunculus at Carlsbad Flower Fields , but must be timed in the spring. You can take a coastal train from downtown Carlsbad to San Diego, which takes about 30 minutes and offer a spectacular view of the coastline.
Just what we needed before hubby’s major surgery.
Update: It’s been 5 weeks since my husband’s total left hip replacement surgery. He’s doing well and happy with his “new & improved” left hip, but now bothered by arthritic pains from his right knee. Oh well….another surgery, and another getaway?