Set on 200 landscaped acres, adorned with Spanish colonial style architecture and surrounded by fairways, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (formerly known as Four Seasons Resort Aviara) is a refined retreat advantageously situated between Southern California's two most cosmopolitan cities. With L.A. to the north and San Diego to the south, you can bar hop, shop 'til you drop or beach comb to your heart's content. Or, you can simply stay in and unwind.
The 329 guest rooms and suites provide a minimum of 540 square feet, and all open onto private balconies or ground level landscaped terraces. Done in colorful — yet tasteful — island plantation style, they are well equipped with amenities such as DVD players, PlayStations, high-speed Internet access and Web TV.
While the setting alone is serene, the relaxation factor is upped with a 15,000-square-foot spa. Expect Hyatt Pure treatments and a spa designed to embrace the local environment. Each treatment room is its own climate-controlled haven, and the coed solarium is a place for rest, with its fireplace and complimentary teas. Among several signature offerings are the hydrating avocado body wrap, peppermint sensation scrub and thermo-active facial treatment — couples are in for a treat (and a revealing surprise) in the hotel's spa suite de deux. You might also take it easy at the "Quiet Pool," where kids and cell phones are banned, and views gaze over the Batiquitos Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean.
For those who don't feel like venturing out for a night on the town, Vivace serves Tuscan-Italian cuisine with organic pastas made fresh daily on-site. Chef Jesse A. Paul oversees a menu that has included lobster risotto, sweet corn agnolotti, and chocolate polenta cake with gelato. Should steak be on your mind, head to the clubhouse where Argyle Steakhouse serves natural and hormone-free beef from various ranches. Add to the resort's already impressive offerings a golf club, tennis programs offered by the renowned Peter Burwash International on hard and clay courts, round-the-clock business assistance and wealth of children's amenities, and it's easy to see why this stylish destination is a favorite with tee types, Agassi wannabes, meeting planners and families seeking to play and stay together.