Tucked into the hills overlooking some the lushness of the California coast, The Park Hyatt Aviara is the kind of staycation destination that feels entire worlds away. And while the nearby town of Carlsbad and surf-friendly ocean (more on that later) are worthy draws, the resort has made it its business to offer guests every creature comfort imaginable, so there’s no need to venture far. The immaculately manicured Spanish-style property is home to an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, multiple tennis courts, two pools (the kid’s pool plays host to pizza nights, movie screening, and more), and a full-service spa. If you’re looking for a more intensive approach to incorporating wellness rituals into your life, the VeraVia Health and Wellness Center—elements of which guests can add onto their stay or go all-in with a dedicate retreat—employs a knowledgeable staff who focus on nutrition, stress management, spiritual healing, and overall quality-of-life enhancement. A fun add-on whether you’re partaking in the wellness program or not, the Surfing With the Chef experience combines Executive Chef Pierre Albaladejo’s (he oversees the culinary programs for all five Aviara restaurants) love of surfing and good food into a single, all-senses-on-deck experience: Start the day with a from-scratch breakfast, then go down to the water for a surf session, and finish with a gourmet beach picnic.

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