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“12 Days of Gifts” At Park Hyatt Aviara


Park Hyatt Aviara Resort will come alive with holiday cheer with exclusive offerings in honor of the 12 Days of Christmas. Commencing on 12/12/12, guests will enjoy “12 Days of Gifts” with daily giveaways and surprises that will make everyone in the family feel like a kid waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve.


From December 12-24, all guests and visiting locals* will be entered into Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s nightly giveaway of special presents. Each day brings a new opportunity to win prizes such as complimentary treatments at the award-winning Aviara Spa, rounds of golf on the Arnold Palmer championship course, cooking classes with resort’s culinary team, Pranzo brunches at Vivace, and much more. Santa’s elves will unveil the lucky recipient each evening in the Lobby Lounge, where guests can sip on holiday drinks and nibble on treats while enjoying live jazz music.


Come turndown, overnight guests will be treated to another gift from the resort’s chefs. For “12 Days of Aviara Recipes,” a recipe will be delivered to each room accompanied by freshly baked Christmas cookies. Easy to prepare, the traditional holiday recipes allow guests to bring the Park Hyatt Aviara experience back to their own homes for the holidays.


A “12 Days of Holiday Cheer at Park Hyatt Aviara” package is available and offers additional perks to make the holiday even merrier. The package includes: 


  • Best Rate Available and upgrade to next available room category
  • $120 dining and spa credit
  • Kids under 12 eat free
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Automatic entry to win an all-inclusive return vacation to Park Hyatt Aviara in 2013 (including meals, spa treatment and golf)

Package price starts at $319 per night. Bookings are subject to availability and a two-night minimum stay is required.


*Registered guests are automatically entered into each drawing with their confirmed reservation. Local residents can enter that night’s giveaway by purchasing a cocktail or small bite in the Lobby Lounge.


For more information and to book the “12 Days of Holiday Cheer” package, visit www.parkhyattaviara.com or call reservations at 760.448.1234 and mention offer code 12DAYS.




Park Hyatt Aviara Resort will also be hosting a variety of on-site activities, including:


Gingerbread Decorating Classes

From December 1-21, the resort will offer hands-on gingerbread-decorating classes for all ages. Classes are taught by executive pastry chef Franck Riffaud, Park Hyatt Aviara’s own “Gingerbread Man,” who leads an engaging step-by-step tutorial on the art of gingerbread making and decorating. This year the resort will offer separate classes for adults and kids; adult classes will offer more advanced baking and icing techniques while youth classes will focus on creative gingerbread house decorating. 


Adult classes (ages 13 years and up) will be held on December 1, 8, and 15, from 2-5pm and are priced at $60 per person. Children’s classes (ages 6-12 years) will be held on December 17, 19, and 21, from 3-4:30pm and are priced at $40 per child. Pricing includes all materials. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 760/603-6800, ext. 5056.




Holiday Dining

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your loved ones this holiday season at one of Park Hyatt Aviara’s specialty restaurants. The chefs at Park Hyatt Aviara promise that every meal will be an occasion to remember.


Teddy Bear Tea at Lobby Lounge

November 30 through December 23, Park Hyatt Aviara will offer an exceptional tea experience for the whole family complete with entertainment by the “Peppermint Princess.” Price per adult is $42 and $49 for the Luxury Tea, which includes a glass of port, sherry, or sparkling wine; Children are $20. Available Friday through Sunday; 1pm seating.


Christmas Eve & Day Dinner at Vivace

On December 24 and December 25, Vivace is serving a special four-course dinner created by chef de cuisine Jesse Paul. Menu highlights include Ravioli al Sugo di Astice (Beef Cheek Ravioli, Lobster-Parsnip Ragu, Beef Sugo) and Rombo in Salsa di Scorzonera e Ostriche (Turbot, Roasted Salsify, Sunchoke Puree, Luna Oysters and Sea Bean Ragu). Price per person is $85. Dinner is served from 5:30-9pm.


Christmas Eve Seafood Buffet at California Bistro

California Bistro’s famed Seafood Buffet will be open on Christmas Eve from 5:30-9pm, featuring Fresh-Shucked Oysters, Lemon Wedge, Mignonette; Oysters Rockefeller Gratiné; Live Maine Lobster, Drawn Butter and Local Citrus Beurre Blanc; and Loch Duart Salmon, Borscht Sauce, Braised Endive, Walnut Crumble. Price per person is $78.


Christmas Day Brunch at California Bistro

On December 25, California Bistro will offer a variety of offerings for brunch from 10:30am-5pm. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood including Oysters, Alaskan King Crab Legs and Crab Claws, as well as Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast, Vanilla Crème Anglaise; Lobster Thermidor, Roasted Cauliflower, Shaved Fennel, Tarragon Beurre Blanc; Spiced Apple Brined Prime Rib, Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish and more. Price per person is $85 for adults (beverages not included); $42 for children 10-12 years old; and  $21 for children 5-9 years old.


Additional holiday menus will also be available, including a holiday lunch buffet at California Bistro and a seasonal three-course lunch menu at the Argyle Steakhouse, served December 1-23, from 11am-2:30pm.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations

On December 31, Park Hyatt Aviara will offer a variety of dining options to ring in the New Year. After dinner, head to the Lobby Lounge for a New Year’s Eve Celebration, with live music and balloon drop at midnight.


California Bistro Seafood Buffet: 5:30-9:30pm; $95 per adult, $47.50 children 5-11; includes adult admission to Lobby Lounge Celebration.

Menu Highlights: Iced Seafood Display; Sushi and Sashimi; Live Maine Lobsters, Drawn Butter and Tarragon Beurre Blanc; Apple Brined Smoked Prime Rib, Au Jus, Creamy Horseradish; and Chocolate Fondue Station


Argyle Steakhouse Four-Course Dinner: 5:30-9:30pm; $95 per person; admission to Lobby Lounge Celebration is an additional $25.

Menu Highlights: Butter Poached Lobster, Saffron Pasta, Butternut Squash, Celery, Pepita Pesto; Vintage Farms Natural Prime Filet, Sweet Potato Gratin, Winter Roasted Vegetables, Sautéed Wild Mushroom; and Hot Chocolate Mud Cake


Vivace Five-Course Dinner: 5:30-9:30pm.; $120 per person; includes adult admission to Lobby Lounge Celebration.

Menu Highlights: Lenticchie e Cotechino (Poached Holiday Sausage, Lentils, Cippolini Onion Crema); Risotto con Vongole (Carnaroli Rice, Saffron, Clams, Jalapeños, Lemon); and Tagliata di Carne (Grilled Prime New York Steak, Saba Glazed Cippolini Onions, Grilled Treviso, Salsa Verde)


Lobby Lounge Three-Course Dinner & Celebration: Dinner served 8pm onwards; $110 per person; Adults 18 years and older only.

Menu Highlights: Beet and Vodka-cured Hamachi, Crab and Local Grapefruit Salad, Orange Crème Fraîche; Prime New York Steak, Porcini Crust, Local Glazed Baby Turnips and Carrots, “Pommes Pont Neuf,” Béarnaise Sauce; and Chocolate and Crunchy Praline Mousse Cake, Espresso Gelato


The Lobby Lounge Celebration kicks off at 9pm and is priced at $25 per person unless dining at the Lounge, Vivace, or California Bistro.




Throughout the Holiday Season:


Gingerbread Mountain Village

Park Hyatt Aviara’s Gingerbread Mountain Village has become one of the must-see attractions in Carlsbad during the holidays. Using more than 300 pounds of gingerbread dough, 400 pounds of sugar icing and 18 pounds of chocolate, the village is complete with Santa’s Workshop, Frosty’s Ski-Daddle Ski School, Snow Tube Rental, and Blitzen’s Ale and Spirits. Gingerbread Mountain Village will be on display in the Lobby from November 26 through December 26.


Festival of Trees

In the true spirit of giving this holiday season, Park Hyatt Aviara will hold a silent auction of professionally decorated trees, with all proceeds benefiting the Semper Fi Injured Marine Fund. The auction will be open for bids from November 28 through December 28 in the Lobby.



Park Hyatt Aviara will observe the Festival of Lights with a traditional menorah lighting. A menorah will be placed in the Library at sundown on December 8th and will remain on display until the close of the holiday on December 16.


Specialty Winter Cocktails & Holiday Beverage Station

From November 26 through January 1, Park Hyatt Aviara will serve specialty winter cocktails, including mulled wine; cider; and holiday-themed elixirs at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge and Argyle Steakhouse. Complimentary hot chocolate and apple cider will be available for guests in the main Lobby.


Roasted Chestnuts

From December 19-24, guests can enjoy complimentary roasted chestnuts fresh from a cast iron pan. Available on the Front Drive from 5-10pm.




Festive Aviara Spa Offerings:


Selected as one of the “World’s Best Spas” by readers of Travel + Leisure, Aviara Spa announces its Holiday Health Series featuring four new Bespoke Treatments infused with winter ingredients. Treatments are available from December 1-31.


Crème Brulee Body Polish – 50 min. $145

Frankincense Facial – 50min. $155

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Scrub – 50 min. $145

Sugar and Spice Body Ritual – 50 min. $155


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