Vacation - Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA
We just got back from the most amazing resort so I had to share it with you all - the Park Hyatt Aviara. At the time I had no idea I would be starting the blog for sure so I did not take nearly enough photos - but trust me when I say it was a five star experience.
The Spa: Something about spas always make me feel really awkward. Like, I should not be living this life or experiencing this. This is for people who have made it, and I clearly have not "made it" in life yet... I cannot explain it. Please tell me you have felt that uncomfortable "they know I don't do this often" feeling when you are at the spa? That kind of plays through in my experience, but I think I enjoyed it as much as I possibly could. Anyway...
There was a gorgeous atrium with baked goods, multiple types of freshly made iced tea, coffee, fruit, etc. while you wait for your service. The locker rooms had every amenity you can imagine, from a steam room, to a sauna, to a huge whirlpool/jacuzzi. There were cold towels and water with fresh fruit, basically anything you could need to be in there for an entire day.
My services were amazing (I had a Nature at the Park facial and massage) and I do not typically like massages. My toe is also broken and I didn't have to remind my massage therapist of that when she finally got to my feet 60 minutes in to my massage. I have had the opposite experience in the past so I do get anxiety during massages or other services thinking that I will have to remind them about our initial conversation, etc. The only drawback to the 80 minute massage is that I enjoyed all of the amenities so much that I had to use the bathroom half way through and I spent literally 40 minutes trying to decide if I awkwardly ask mid-massage to use the restroom or sit there and waste a few hundred dollars by not being relaxed in an intentionally relaxing service. But that is neither here nor there...
I am all about the details, and when your services are complete you receive a shot glass of apple puree with nutmeg and cinnamon, and it really did "arouse the senses" so to speak. ...Except for the coughing when I inhaled the cinnamon and tried to play it cool around the next group of people who were waiting for their upcoming service.
The room: It was huge - pool view, most comfortable bed I have EVER slept on. Literally. USB ports next to your reading light, right on time turn down service bringing you bottles of water each evening, and a cleaning service that came through twice on our second day to pick up our room. I am sure the second time was during the turn down service, but it was nice nonetheless.
The pools: This was definitely the best part. There was a family pool and then an adult pool. The views were insane and I love how you could bring your family and kiddos and they could play without the stress of interrupting other people. Those people should be in the adult pool - ideally - if they are trying to relax. Family pools are kind of like a free ticket for kids to act crazy, and I am really OK with that, as I feel like Camryn is not affecting others and I can actually relax. They have cabanas you can use without additional cost and poolside food and drink is also available. The adult pool had a swim up bar and was gorgeous. The hotel staff also set up your chairs for you at the pool with multiple towels - which was wonderful but also made me question if I should be tipping everything for everything during the stay. I resolved that the resort fee had been paid and saved the tipping for the valet.
The golf: Kevin said the golf was wonderful, and upon arrival they offered to take his clubs down to the course for him. There was also a shuttle on site to the golf course. I don't know much more about this, because quite frankly I don't golf.
The food: I had a salad and breakfast at the resort and both were fresh and delicious. There are four restaurants on the hotel grounds, a steakhouse, a poolside restaurant, a casual fare restaurant and then an Italian restaurant. The salad was fresh and delicious, and the rosé was even better. The breakfast buffet was too much for me because I do not like breakfast food - so I ordered an acai bowl that was amazing.
Overall I would rate this resort a 5/5 and we would DEFINITELY go back. We loved it and I could have spent an entire week here. My mother in law booked the hotel and made sure this trip happened - and I am so glad she did!