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Located in Carlsbad, surrounded by residences and a golf course
The Park Hyatt 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 in 1999. This seaside community, one of the wealthiest in California and in the US, 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.
The 373-room Park Hyatt Aviara features Spanish colonial architecture and a stunning setting just north of the Batiquitos Lagoon wildlife sanctuary, which makes for stunning views. It was formerly a Four Seasons property, but switching from one luxury brand to another didn't impact the hotel's comfortable mid-to-upper-level ambiance. The rooms are clean, and though their decor is slightly generic (not quite up to the Park Hyatt's usual standards), there are modern amenities (flat-screen TVs with DVD players and iPod docks) and spacious balconies. There are separate pool areas for families and adults, and the adults-only pool is attractive, with impressive views of the nearby lagoon and Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.