Nestled along Southern California’s pristine coastline, Park Hyatt Aviara has unveiled its latest gem, the Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara. This addition marks the culmination of the resort’s extensive $60 million renovation, inviting guests to a sanctuary of wellness and tranquility.

Miraval’s global reputation in wellness is well-known, with its pioneering resort in Tucson leading the way for over a quarter of a century. Now, bringing its signature blend of mindfulness, spa treatments, and wellness activities to Carlsbad, California, the Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara promises a retreat like no other.

As a Southern California resident, I am eager to try their fitness, spa services, and culinary experiences firsthand—and uncover a new (and local) wellness venue.

Outdoor amenities

As the editor of Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living magazine, I naturally stop at the adults-only and kid-friendly pools first. Aptly named, the 18-and-over Ocean View pool features ample lounges, private cabanas, and poolside food and beverage service. The kids’ Splash Pool has a variety of depths and two tubular water slides!

In addition to the newly reimagined pools, the resort has several amenities, including Aviara Golf Club, the only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer, a TopGolf Swing Suite, tennis and pickleball courts, indoor and outdoor dining, and the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara.

Rejuvenating spa and well-being offerings

After a quick look around the pools and outdoor spaces, which includes a large lawn for outdoor fitness and yoga classes, I make my way to the Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara. Here, you can participate in unique wellness experiences like bungie fitness and aerial silks classes.

I opt for an aerial silks class, a practice that merges the art of yoga with silks, providing a unique perspective on flexibility and strength. I tend to struggle with focus during yoga classes, but the silks class combines core, strength, and yoga into a fun acrobatic experience. My instructor, Liv, is patient and encouraging, and I am certain to return for many more!

After trying my skills at silks, I indulge in a calming 80-minute hot stone massage, a perfect blend of heat therapy and aromatic essential oils. I get massages frequently, as I think they are an important part of self-care, but it is rare for me to completely relax and doze off during a treatment. However, my therapist manages to soothe my muscles and calm my mind, sending me into a twilight sleep. I leave the spa refreshed, completely relaxed, and hungry, which is perfect because a culinary experience is next.

Interactive culinary experiences

Miraval’s wellness programs enrich the mind and body. In addition to the fitness and spa services, the they offer several interactive culinary activities. I am booked for the Pisco Sour & Ceviche class, which is led by Chef Stephanie. This hands-on experience is fun and tantalizes the taste buds. Learning new recipes and sampling a cocktail and ceviche is an excellent way to round out my day of wellness. In addition to ceviche, Chef Stephanie has crafted up an array of classes—ranging from salsa and margarita making to smoothie blending. These are perfect activities for a day with friends, a unique date night, or even corporate team building.

Stay for a day or the week

For those seeking a wellness retreat that combines luxury with mindfulness, Park Hyatt Aviara’s Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara stands as a beacon. Whether for a rejuvenating spa treatment, a round of golf, fun fitness experiences, or simply to soak in the Southern California sun, this resort promises an unforgettable experience.

And you don’t have to be an overnight guest at the resort to indulge in a salsa-making or bungee fitness class. Pop in for a couple of hours or stay for the week. You won’t be disappointed. I am grateful to live just a short drive from the resort. Meet me there!