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In a residential neighborhood in Carlsbad, about 45 minutes north of San Diego
The Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara is in a quiet part of already sleepy Carlsbad, surrounded by private residences and golf courses. There's very little nightlife in the area, and all off-site dining and the closest beach is a few minutes' drive away.
Once known for the healing properties of the local mineral water, Carlsbad came in the spotlight once again when LEGOLAND California amusement park opened there in 1999. This seaside community, one of the wealthiest in California and in the U.S., has plenty of antique stores and restaurants, but it's mostly residential, and there's little to do after the sun sets. However, there are some interesting historic buildings, excellent golf courses, and wonderful beaches that are great for surfing and sunbathing.
The closest urban areas are Encinitas to the south, and Oceanside to the north. San Diego is a 45-minute drive south.
This isn't a typical Four Season in that it is a condominium complex, not a luxury hotel. The complex is massive, with two "neighborhoods" called (Summits and Meadows), each with its own heated outdoor pool and small fitness center. Because this is more a residence than a hotel, the vibe here is a lot more laid-back than at other Four Seasons properties -- there's no fine dining restaurant (just poolside snack bars), and the expansive grounds give it an outdoorsy feel that many guests enjoy. But the actual rooms have the typical Four Seasons upscale classic American look, with a beige-and-blue color scheme and lots of hardwood accents. Guests can rent a Superior Room with a kitchenette or upgrade to one of the one- or two-bedroom villas and residences, with lots of living space and a full kitchen. Overall, the Four Seasons is a solid choice especially for families -- it's in a quiet area (right by a golf course), allows guests access to all of the facilities at the next-door Park Hyatt, and gives guests the option of cooking meals in their kitchens/kitchenettes.