Some time ago, my husband and I had the pleasure to stay at the gorgeous Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, California. This is a grand palace perched high atop a hillside with a view over the lagoon and the ocean in the distance. This was a special birthday gift, it was very special to be back to the area where we got married, at a friend's home, overlooking the ocean.
The hotel greeted us with its impressive architecture, sweeping panorama windows in the main building. The structure is similar to an Italian Palazzo high on a hillside, overlooking the Pacific ocean, built in the modern Spanish Colonial style, so prevalent in Southern California.
The Aviara, unlike an Aviary, is not a confined space, but expansive, it forms a space that makes you feel as if you stepped into a Paradise full of birds, plants, views of the ocean and the sky.
Inside, the hotel made me think I had come to a fine Italian country home. Blond wood, low glass tables, comfortable chairs to sink into, the space invited us to sit down and have tea.
Yet when I looked up, I had a panoramic view of the ocean across the vast gardens with exotic foliage and plants, the fountain with large water drops dancing in the air.
Our stay at the hotel was over too soon, reality was calling…
more information: www.parkaviara.hyatt.com