92011 Travel Guide
In happier Hilton hotel news today, a new resort opened over the weekend about thirty minutes north of San Diego. The property is called the Carlsbad Hilton Oceanfront Resort & Spa, and if that name sounds a little familiar, you're not entirely off.
Further up the beach, the 161-room Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach has been open since 2000—also offering free WiFi, as well as plenty of meeting space, multiple restaurants and gorgeous ocean-facing rooms.
But the price difference between the two properties is not as wide as we would have thought, so we had to wonder: which of these beachfront Hiltons is worth our dollars?
When we reported that the hotel formerly known as the Four Seasons Aviara was set to become the Park Hyatt Aviara, a couple of readers were hoping that the new Hyatt bosses wouldn't change too much about one of their favorite hotels. The chi-chi property officially became a Park Hyatt on Monday—so what's new?
As far as we can tell, not much. At least not yet. But the good news is that as a "new" hotel, the Park Hyatt Aviara is offering an Introductory Offer, giving guests three nights for the price of two, even over the July 4th holiday weekend. So whether you're new to Aviara or a regular, perhaps it's time to get (re)acquainted and then come back here and let us know what you thought.
Our favorite Easter candy is Cadbury Mini Eggs—no, not the nasty fake yolk-filled eggs, but the little chocolate nuggets of bliss. But this year, the Four Seasons Aviara, North San Diego came up with a way bigger and better Cadbury egg replacement.
The hotel has cooked up some ginormous chocolate Easter eggs, all of which are carefully decorated to look like objets d'art. Forget lame dyed eggs; we want one of these in our Easter baskets.
Leaves turning red and gold then falling from the trees. A distinct chill creeping into the air. Shorter days, longer nights. The return of pale, dry skin. There’s nothing like fall to remind you of the passage of time, and your own aging. Cheerful, no? Well, now you can at least maintain your healthy glow well into winter with the Spa at the Four Seasons Aviara’s Fall Ex "Foliation" treatment.
The new treatment started on September 22, to coincide with the first day of autumn. Spa-goers can now get a special 50-minute treatment that includes an exfoliating scrub, a mud mask, and a massage. When guests arrive at the spa, they are greeted with a meditation and hands-on preparation ritual, then given “reflection cards” with thoughts designed to make them think about the meaning of autumn (maybe they’re not as morbid as we are).
As is often the case with hotel disputes between a property's actual owners and the brand they've hired to manage the hotel, money is everything. And apparently the owners (a group of investors) of the Four Seasons Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California think the Four Seasons brand failed to make enough money, so they're kicking them out. The plan to replace the Four Seasons with Dolce Hotels and Resorts, an independent luxury hotel brand, who will run the acclaimed resort starting today. Or will they?
Four Seasons announced today that it has no intention to voluntarily relinquish its role as manager of Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad CA. Four Seasons has managed the Resort since 1997.
The press release goes on to say that Four Seasons will probably sue the owners for damaging the FS rep, which is closely followed by a listing of all of the accolades the hotel has received since Four Seasons has managed the resort.
We went online to the Four Seasons website and there was no sign of the turmoil, with rooms going for $350 a night starting tomorrow. So if you have plans to stay here, we doubt they will turn you away or just close up shop, but it could be an interesting tug of war to witness. Stay tuned for more from this soap opera.