Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Carlsbad
The gorgeous view from the lobby of the Four Seasons Aviara with the Pacific Ocean in the distance
Sunday brunch at the California Bistro, 2nd Aviara visit:
As a sushi and sashimi lover, I was very excited about the sushi section. The fish was cold, fresh, and delicious.
For the kids:
Kids have a magnificent time at the brunch
My kids were most delighted by the lavish dessert display, which included a cake table offering such choices as carrot, chocolate, key lime, chiffon and cheesecake varieties. I enjoyed the crème broulle. A candy station offered chocolate almonds, macaroons, and other delicacies.
The scrumptious desserts are designed to please all members of the family
After the brunch, my kids enjoyed strolling through the relaxing Aviara property, and they discovered a game area with air hockey, ping pong, a pool table and even a room filled with high-tech video games. This was a nice conclusion to their brunch experience.
The California Bistro brunch is designed with the whole family in mind and is one of the top buffets in San Diego county for fine family dining, in terms of kid-pleasing choices, display, and the lovely surrounding environment. Adults are $58.00 and kids, ages 5 through 12, are $24.00. Children under 4 eat free. Brunch is served between 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Please read the following section for a complete review of the resort from a previous visit.
The Four Seasons Resort Aviara at Carlsbad, a 4-Diamond, 5-Star resort which opened in August, 1997, is absolutely plush and luxurious and yet completely conducive to a family stay. This resort is the perfect getaway for the sophisticated family.
In the lobby and outside at the pool, one immediately notices a plethora of baby carriages and young children romping about, far more than one usually sees at five-star hotels. This reality seems to be a result of the overall family-oriented focus of the resort. Aviara states, "We are committed to making your child's stay here a spectacular one."
The resort exudes a sense of overwhelming comfort, from the suites, to the lobby, to the spa, and restaurants. My suite offered an unforgettable view of the Batiquitos Lagoon and further off, of the ocean. It provided two private decks with cozy, cushioned chairs. Although it was not private enough to nurse a baby for those concerned with utter privacy, it was certainly perfect for sitting and reading with a child or gazing at the Lagoon and ocean. The suite was comprised of two very large rooms, offering enough space to easily accommodate the stroller, crib and all my baby paraphernalia. In addition, it had two bathrooms, very convenient when traveling with children. For Mom and Dad, the suite included internet access, cushy robes and a large selection of movies. For children, a Sony Playstation was available in the room.
The lobby was expansive with many plush chairs and sofas and a very unusual feature--a safety-proofed, barricaded fireplace, that still offered much warmth. A nearby statue of a small child reading indicated the child clientele to whom the Aviara caters. The lobby offered an excellent place to curl up near the safe fireplace with your child and read a book or plan a day at nearby Legoland.
Afternoon tea is served daily in the lobby lounge.
Aviara is a blend of terms, aviary, a home for birds and terra, meaning earth. The resort was conceived of over ten years ago as part of the award winning master-planned Aviara Community. The resort is not the focal point amidst the 1,000 acres of prime ocean-front, Northern San Diego property. The Resort Club offers luxury vacation ownership. The main building of the resort is composed of 331 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants and lounges, a series of boutiques, a fitness and spa center, a world-class hair salon, and over 30,000 square feet of space to socialize and meet new people.
The grand layout consists of two main courtyards: The Palm Court, located off the lobby; and The Pool Courtyard, consisting of the pool, children's pool, whirlpools, and the Ocean Pool bar and grill.
Family activities available include hiking on trails, the tennis center, and bike rentals.
Mom and Dad can take advantage of the in-room fax machines, catering and conference services and film development on the premises.
An array of upscale shops are located within the resort, almost resembling a small village. This is another convenience for a traveling family; there is no need to get in the car and leave for shopping. Shops available:
Health and Fitness:
The Aviara has an utterly plush and complete fitness center, much like that of a country club. Air relaxation rooms are available with fruit, water, and magazines to relax after a spa treatment, workout, or massage. Facilities include locker rooms, a steam room, whirlpools, a dry sauna and luxurious products for guest to pamper themselves with, such as four different kinds of hair gels, foams, brand new brushes, cotton balls, Q-tips, body lotions and liquid talc; everything one could need after a workout or treatment. Their exercise room is like a state-of-the-art gym. Equipment includes life-fitness cross-trainers, cybex strength equipment, dumbbells, recumbent cycles, stair master climbers, upright cycles and treadmills. The equipment features private televisions with individual headsets. Also available for guests planning to work out are walkmans and workout attire such as tee shirts, shorts, socks and athletic shoes.
Massages available include aromatherapy, neck and shoulder, seaweed, shiatsu, sports, and Swedish massages. Body treatments are comprised of body wraps, turkish salt wraps, and chamomile body scrubs. Facials include aromatherapy, glycolic, mud, European deep cleansing, and cellular repair.
Afternoon tea is served daily in the Lobby Lounge. Here, among the luxurious sofas and chairs and tables draped with crisp, white linens, guests can unwind at the end of the day and gaze through the floor-to-ceiling windows which form relaxing views of the Pacific Ocean and the Palm Courtyard.
This resort makes a concerted effort to baby-proof your entire suite.
The very essence of this resort is to present a welcoming atmosphere for families with children. A myriad of child-specific services are available here, including:
This resort is very romantic in general because of the setting, the facilities, and the pampering. In addition, many packages are available including Bed and Breakfast; Golf and Spa; and the Relaxation, Package which includes the room, a bottle of Aviara Grapefruit Body Lotion, and a massage or body treatment.
Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean are foregrounded by the Batiquitos Lagoon, a wildlife preserve. The resort has attempted to sustain the beauty of this natural paradise with its rolling green hillsides.
Although near all the attractions of busy San Diego, there is an appealing hush about the Aviara that makes one feel galaxies away from the business. This is amplified by the Four Seasons Aviara Golf Course that surrounds the hotel. The Golf Course is award winning and offers opportunities for the seasoned golfer as well as for the novice.
Vivacé, which means "alive" in Italian, is the signature restaurant of the resort. The wine list features fine eclectic Italian, American, French and "New World" wines. Italian cuisine meets southern Californian cuisine, combining to make wonderful dishes of local seafood and traditional Italian specialties. The server presents Italian flat breads, served on warm slabs of marble, and complimented with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and artichoke tapenade.
The ambiance of this restaurant is warm and elegant featuring floor to ceiling windows with views of the ocean and lagoon. The Venetian plaster walls are faux-finished in burnt orange with rich wood paneling and stone tiled floors. The carpet, handmade and designed in Ireland, is deep eggplant purple with light green accents. The tables are decorated with elegant china, colorful stemmed crystal ware, colorful hand-blown Vonves glass. Dramatic floral arrangements and a Roman stone fireplace complete the setting. Outside seating is available where one can view olive trees planted in stone planters for a taste of Italy.
The California Bistro offers casual dining, either indoors or on an outside terrace, with a panoramic view of the ocean and golf course. Daily breakfast and lunch buffets are served here and they do offer a children's menu.