La Costa Resort & Spa is nearing completion of a $50 million renovation with the unveiling of a revamped 18-hole Champions Course and four holes on the South Course, a new adult pool with fire pits and infinity-edge Jacuzzis, and a handsome new Lobby Lounge with large screen TVs. Already completed are the resort’s 611 guest rooms and suites, a Coastal Events Center, Athletic Club, Sports Center, and the re-design of its acclaimed spa, complete with an updated lounge, reflexology path, and herb garden. Thai basil, lemon thyme, and rosemary gathered in the garden are used in spa treatments and inventive cuisine in the expanded Spa Cafe. (800/854-5000, www.lacosta.com)     ANDREA NAVERSEN