We stayed for four nights at the tail end of an 8-day California excursion with a family of four. We have two sons, 6 and 8. No prizes for guessing what the big attraction in Carlsbad is for our family... We decided we wanted something a bit luxurious and were in for a big treat at Four Seasons Aviara.
The staff knew our name when we I pulled the car up front and told that our room was not quite ready when we checked in. They seated us at the poolside restaurant and offered us free drinks while we wait and munch on lunch. When we got to the room we were amazed - the suite was wonderful! We had a one-bedroom suite, which had a full kitchen and a separate dining/living area, and two full bathrooms and two balconies. The suite was very spacious, and the master bathroom was bigger than the one at home. The suite was decorated with excellent taste (kind of Pottery Barn Light) and everything felt brand new. Parking was easily accessed as the rooms are laid out in small separate buildings with 10 or so rooms in each building. Our balconies overlooked the pool - but there were just enough trees in between so the balconies felt private. Oh, and there were plush pelicans waiting for the boys on the bed, and their names were spelled out in sponge letters in the bathroom!
The pool area is really nice and we spent a lot of time by it. There were not a lot of people in August, weeknights or weekend, and poolside service was very fast. Our room was by the reception area pool - there is also a second pool area where most of the rooms area. We did not visit it, or the kids room that is in that area.
Service was excellent throughout. We ordered room service pizzas once and they were so-so. Other nights we brought in food from nearby restaurants which is easy enough. We ate breakfast in the room - I even made scrambled eggs one morning in in-room kitchen. It was just like being at home.
This place is just wonderful with kids. The place was very quiet - both in terms of there being few people around, and there not being any noise. Sleep quality was excellent. We definitely plan on coming back soon. Just one caveat on pricing - we booked online at Expedia, and I later realized that Four Seasons also sells full weeks on VRBO for a much lower nightly rate - go there to get the best price if you are staying the entire week.
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