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Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Ocean Pearl Spa, Carlsbad, CA

On Tuesday I received a tour of the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and the onsite Ocean Pearl Spa in Carlsbad, CA. http://www.sheratoncarlsbad.com/    http://www.oceanpearlspa.com/home 

I have been a holistic therapist, trainer and coach for over 34 years, and have worked in various resorts, so being able to tour a spa is always a special treat. And what a treat this small yet elegant spa is to see. They are  dedicated to using mostly  organic products in all of their treatments and a few of the lines are produced locally.  The spa director, Carol Holguin, described the Kimberly Parry Organics line produced locally, how Kimberly makes up the batches when ordered so they are fresh and how they’ve been able to go to the facility and ask for additions and alterations to the various ingredients to produce signature products for their treatments.  All body treatments are done with Kimberly’s line and all facial treatments are performed with either the Kimberly Perry line or the Hungarian line, Ilike, which is made up  of fruits, vegetables and herbs.  Several lines are carried in the lobby for purchase, too.

Carol also showed us a device used for non-invasive face lifts, called nuface, using a microcurrent.  She has used it and says in five minutes it produces visible results. This is available for purchase in their lobby. She also showed us poultices filled with herbal pearls that are used to perform both massages and facials, a signature treatment.

The spa has 2 facial rooms, 6 massage rooms, including a couples massage room; a manicure/pedicure station that looks out to the lovely pool;  locker and relaxation areas for both men and woman; a eucalyptus steam room.

Various massages, body treatments, and facials are available alone or in a package.  I love how dedicated they are to organic product;  water conservation and other green initiatives;  and all they do to support local guests as well as guests of the resort.  During the summer they have bi-monthly happy hour offerings with various treatments, vendors, and food. During the off season these are offered monthly.  Oct. 4th-6th, they are offering a weekend of wellness with classes, workshops, treatments, and wellness consultations.  My favorite was the special of a  lunch, use of the pool, steam room, outdoor hot-tub and fitness center, all for only $5 added to the purchase of a 50 min. treatment. Most resorts charge a fee of $25 for spa, pool and fitness center use alone.  They also cater to small groups, wedding groups, etc.

Here are some pictures of the spa. All are photos taken from their website except for the photo of the women’s locker room.

Women rest area website photo fitness center website photo Lobby websit photo Manicure station website photo Women locker room

I was quite impressed with the Sheraton Carlsbad resort as well. They are connected with the MarBrisa time share, too, so guests are welcome to use the main pool as well as pools connected with the time share.  They are in the process of building some new timeshare units which adjoin the new two pool area called “The Cove”. The cove is a lovely area with what will eventually be a family pool and an adult pool, a bar, outdoor pool and ping pong tables, and food service at the pool, plus several lounge areas. The pool can be partially rented out for groups.

The first and last photo are of the main pool. The last photo is taken from the website and includes a picture of the rooms.  The other three photos are of the Cove and the new MarBrisa time share units.

Main pool aug 27 2013 More Cove New MarBisa time share The Cove poolCarlsbad-Hotel-Pool and rooms website photo

The Sheraton Carlsbad is located right next to Legoland and has a private entrance to it, plus special rates to explore it.  I love the Mediterranean architecture and how lovely the landscaping is throughout the property. They are also next door to the Crossings Golf course. The resort has ocean views and all rooms have patios and balconies that face beautiful scenes of flowers and gardens, the ocean, the canyon or the fairway.  There is a large conference center and many companies hold meetings and retreats here as well as having business travelers stay here. There is 40,000 sq ft of meeting and event space for corporate retreats, weddings and other large gatherings. There are several outdoor spaces available as a sweet wedding setting.

Looking toward conference center and entrance Conference Center

Their Twenty/20 restaurant has recently been remodeled and has 5200 sq. feet of space, of which 1700 is outdoor dining with views of the Pacific Ocean. The setting is elegant yet casual.  They use local organic produce as much as possible.  I love the resorts dedication to green initiatives such as the Blink recharging system for electrical cars, use of recycled paper products, organically grown flowers, green transportation, sustainable food options, china service for meetings to avoid all the waste that often accompanies these events.  They even donate left over food.   These are photos from their website.

twenty20- restaurant website photo

The rooms range from 488 sq. ft to 915 ft. for the Presidential suite.  Prices start at $199 per night and go up to $639, plus a $12 fee for internet, paper, resort activities, and use of fitness center.  There are 250 rooms. They are pet friendly.

These are photos taken from the website:

Executive-suite website photo traditional-guestroom-choco website photo

I highly recommend these facilities for locals as well as guests either visiting Lego Land, or wanting a mid-range lovely resort option for their ocean vacation.  The airport is close by and soon there will be major airline service there, in addition to the computer jets.  It is very close to the ocean near the I-5 interstate and there is transportation offered to the beach and other local attractions!

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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Last Friday, I was treated to a delightful tour of the resort by the marketing coordinator at the resort.  As you drive in via the main entrance you drive within the Aviara planned community and past the Four Seasons residence club which has time shares.  Real estate is available in this community but the jewel of this property is the beautiful AAA 5 diamond resort and Arnold Palmer 18 hole golf course.

The Spanish Colonial architecture is complemented by the lush landscaping on the 200 acres and the breathtaking view of the Batiquitos natural lagoon and the ocean beyond.  There are sculptures placed around the property and all the guest rooms have either a private balcony or terrace to access these views.  Even the pools are situated to best take advantage of the lagoon, ocean and landscaping views.

There are 329 sleeping room, from the 540 sq. foot guest room to the 855-2140 suites, including the Presidential suite.  All rooms are certified hypo allergenic with special cleaning processes, materials, etc. to provide this clean environment.   When I looked today, the rates ranged from $259 per night to $459 for the Park Suite deluxe, plus the $25 a night resort fee and a parking fee.

There is 78,000 sq feet of indoor/outdoor facilities for weddings, business meetings and events, and 17 meeting rooms. The meeting rooms are  held on one side of the hotel and the guest rooms on the other, to keep a separate and more private space available for guests and attendants.

There are five dining venues as well as in room dining. The Vivace is the fine dining venue, Italian, offering dinners and a Sunday brunch. The California Bistro has a wonderful buffet that the marketing coordinator says is exquisite, featuring locally sourced and organic food as much as possible.  The Argyle Steakhouse is located next to the 18th hole on the golf course.  The Ocean bar and grill is next to the pool and lastly, the Lobby lounge is in the library area and serves tea and finger foods as well as cocktails in the evening. Wed. through Sat. there is live music in the lobby and lounge area.

One of my favorite offerings at the resort is their quarterly Masters of food and wine events.  The event during the summer months is focused on teaching families how to make pizza dough,  mozzarella cheese and decorate cupcakes.  Earlier in the summer it focused on the local Carlsbad Aqua Farm, with a tour, and oyster tasting paired with fine California wines.   Later on the focus will be on Single Malt scotch tasting paired with cigars.  Bridgette stressed that food is one of the main focuses at this hotel, one that lifts it above the rest.

Other facilities in the hotel are various shops, 6 lighted tennis courts, a game room for kids and adults, a golf academy aligned with the Arnold Palmer golf course, 1/2 court basketball court, sand volley ball, movies, and camp Hyatt for the kids.  There is a large and lush family pool and a more secluded adult only Tranquility pool below that one. Another fun offering through the resort is called their Beach Butler service. They offer transportation to the beach, along with beach chairs, towels and umbrellas; a picnic lunch and/or morning coffee service.

I wasn’t able to view inside the spa as it was booked full with appointments but a friend of mine has visited there and says it is lovely.   It is 15,000 sq. ft, has 20 treatment rooms, an indoor solarium lounge, whirlpool, steam room, sauna and a fitness center. They offer various body treatments, facials and massage treatments. There is a salon onsite as well.

I am sharing the photos I took here but if you want more info or pictures, you can go to: http://www.parkaviara.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

This is a view of the lobby and fountain, the view from the fountain and the view of the lagoon.

Lobby and fountain Aviara view from lobby looking west Aug 9 2013 Lagoon view

These last two photos are of the fine dining restaurant and the bistro:

Bistro Fine dining restaurant

Although this is a fairly large resort, it felt very comfortable and intimate to me.  Go visit yourself and let me know what you think!

Chopra Center, Carlsbad, CA

Chopra Center

 

Yesterday I went to visit The Chopra Center, in Carlsbad, CA. This is one of the wellness centers I had researched online a few years ago so I wanted to see it in person. I attempted to set up a tour, also, of the La Costa Resort and Spa, where the Chopra center is housed, but after leaving 3 voice mails with 3 different marketing people, and a voice mail and email with the marketing manager, I received no response and after two weeks gave up. I did drive up and receive a 5 min. tour of the center though. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures, nor did they offer for me to grab photos off the website. So if you want pictures, you can look at their website http://www.chopra.com/welcome-chopra-center

The draw for this center is of course that it was founded and is run by Deepak Chopra.   He founded this in 1996.  Many of the participants in his classes and workshops stay at La Costa but they also can stay in other local resorts and catch shuttles to the center. I recommend the Park Hyatt Aviara, instead, which I toured yesterday and will soon post pictures of, as they were much more accommodating. http://parkaviara.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?k_clickid=1476c819-5e87-08c9-0a1b-00005154048c&src=agn_smg_prk_ppc_google_ss_propertyspecific_sanpa_parkhyattaviara.

One of the drawing points of this center is that there are classes available online as well as in person, workplace wellness is offered via various teachers trained through the center,  and it offers teaching training to those desiring to be trained in one or all of the tracks they focus upon.  Locals can come to occasional talks they have there, too. The Center offers medical consultations, Ayurveda body treatments, online counseling, retreats, programs and a store at the site and online. There are only 7 treatment rooms but if there are more therapies scheduled, they use the La Costa spa for the overflow.

The Center consists of medical consultation offices, a waiting room, store, two meditation rooms, a classroom, and treatment rooms. That is all.  But their offerings are intended to powerfully immerse participants in full mind-body-spiritual programs for profound transformation and provide tools to take back into daily life and relationships.

A few of the programs I found on the website were as follows:

Music and meditation – 6 or 7 day program cost $2175

Journey into healing -$2075 for a week

Perfect health (their signature program) – $3375 for 6 days (Includes a medical consultation, cooking classes, treatments, classes, meditation, yoga and is available in a 10 day program, too)

Emotional Freedom – 3 day $1175.

There were also various weekend programs mentioned as well.

 

 

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