Park Hyatt Aviara Renovation

After completing the original architecture a decade ago, WATG and Wimberly Interiors were invited back for a $50m renovation for this iconic San Diego resort.

Park Hyatt Aviara courtyard night


Carlsbad, California, USA


51 acres
327 keys
Including 44 suites


  • For this notable Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond resort, WATG and Wimberly Interiors delivered a transformative renovation in a cohesive effort across our architecture, landscape and interior design studios.
  • The centerpiece of this renovation features an extensive lobby lounge leading into a new outdoor veranda, grand stair and expanded event lawn to accommodate larger and/or multiple events. Other new additions include a kid’s pool with a themed waterslide tower, an adult pool with luxury cabanas, two new Top Golf suites and updates to all guestrooms and suites.
  • The design embodies an upscale coastal estate, with design details inspired by wildlife from the nearby Batiquitos Lagoon.
Park Hyatt Aviara lobby

Lobby Lounge (swipe to see before)

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reception check-in

Reception (swipe to see before)

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As the original architects in 2010, WATG was initially tasked with creating a luxurious European-inspired resort. Since then, Park Hyatt Aviara has become widely regarded as one of the most iconic hospitality destinations in Southern California.

Driven by a desire to always deliver excellence to its guests, the property’s operator saw an opportunity to expand its events offering through the transformation of its grounds, and strengthen its market position with timeless, contemporary design upgrades throughout.

veranda with outdoor seating


WATG and Wimberly Interiors delivered a holistic design in celebration of Southern California and connection to the outdoors, while maintaining a level of luxury in line with the Park Hyatt brand. Since the grand reopening, the hotel has been recognized in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers Choice Awards as one of the Top 15 Resorts in Southern California.

“We were fortunate to partner with WATG and Wimberly Interiors on the transformation of the resort. The imagination and integration of their design vision helped curate an effortless spirit of modernity that is a signature of the Park Hyatt brand.”

– Geoff Gray, General Manager, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

lobby bar interior

Lobby Bar (swipe to see before)

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lobby bar BEFORE

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lobby lounge interior

Lobby Lounge (swipe to see before)

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Arrival experience

The lobby arrival experience has been revolutionized to seamlessly connect the outdoors with the indoors – bringing the ocean view directly into the lobby, creating a Mediterranean “outdoor living room” and developing a new grand staircase that descends into dazzling outdoor event space. A series of lounges and bars within the lobby space are each designed with the unique casual elegance reflective of a coastal California oasis.

WATG and Wimberly Interiors collaborated with Top Golf to concept and create two new Top Golf Suites, situated just off the lobby space, and ideal for ultra-private small events with effortless access to the lobby and event lawn spaces.

Park Hyatt Aviara courtyard daytime

A new grand stair brings guests into a newly expanded event lawn perfect for groups of any size (swipe to see before)

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Outdoor event and leisure spaces

Inspired by the grand estates of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Rancho Santa Fe, the outdoor event and leisure spaces have been designed to cater beautifully to families, couples and Southern California’s most elegant soirees and events. As guests exit the lobby onto the outdoor veranda, a new grand stair offers a picturesque overlook onto the courtyard event space. The new event lawn features date palms, bird of paradise and a variety of aloes and agaves. Some modern elements adorn the courtyard as well, including two new fountains designed as a contemporary nod to classical Mediterranean architecture, and a steel sculpture by local artist, Jennifer Gilbert Asher from Eaton Fine Art, which symbolizes the fluid movement of local birds through an abstract lens.

Park Hyatt Aviara family pool

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Park Hyatt Aviara family pool waterslide tower

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los cabos

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Park Hyatt Aviara landscape aerial

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The Rose Garden, featuring over nine rose varietals, was redesigned in its current location as a reference to its legacy, offering a brick-enclosed sanctuary with seating where guests can “stop and smell the roses”. In addition, many of the mature palms that were planted during the original construction in the eighties were replanted in the new gardens.

To cater to a variety of guests, a new pool area showcases a serene adult pool with luxury cabanas and a family pool complete with a waterslide tower and tide pool splashpad. Featuring two winding slides, the tower features patterns of birds, reeds and fish commonly found in the nearby Batiquitos lagoon, paying homage to Carlsbad’s local wildlife and the artistic expression of the Park Hyatt brand.

As guests enjoy the grounds, they can feel instantly immersed in the grand estate-style environment, taking in ocean views in this uniquely Californian experience.

Ponto Lago restaurant

Ponto Lago (swipe to see before)

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Park Hyatt Aviara restaurant BEFORE

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Food and beverage spaces

A new lobby lounge makes the ideal first impression for guests, with a resort-like feel and open-air corridors leading to an outdoor veranda. The new oval-shaped bar was designed to activate the lobby, equipped with power USB outlets for people to recharge or work remotely. On the opposite side of the bar, the lobby lounge, otherwise known as Park Hyatt’s “living room”, features flexible seating for couples, families and business travelers alike for continental dining. A communal table sits in front of built-in millwork cabinetry, which can also be rented out as another bar for events or receptions.

The pool bar is perfect for lunch or happy hour, where guests can unwind outside, take in the ocean breeze and beautiful surrounding views. The color schemes mix dark tones with crisp whites, as well as detailed banding in grays in blues that is seen throughout the property.

For an all-day dining option, guests can visit Ponto Lago, a new restaurant that immerses guests into an intimate setting featuring local California cuisine. An elegant entry bar greets diners as they enter the space, serving specialty cocktails with local mezcal and tequila. To open up the space, a show kitchen with a stunning quartzite countertop puts food at center stage, with the option for impromptu tastings for guests. Surrounding walls are glazed with light gray tile to play off the stone counter, while Chevron-patterned oak flooring and whimsical leaflike lighting add a touch of warmth. Large windows unveil ocean views to give a constant connection to the California sun, which can also be enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio, adorned with outdoor heaters and select herb plants.

Park Hyatt Aviara guestroom

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Park Hyatt Aviara guestroom living area - enhanced photo

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Park Hyatt Aviara Presidential suite

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The rooms

Guestrooms were designed as a sanctuary inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the Great Blue Heron. Residing in the Batiquitos Lagoon, this majestic bird is celebrated by Native American tradition as progressive, self-reliant, tranquil and graceful. The guest sanctuary was designed as a home away from home in a unique California casual elegant style that features of mix of hard and soft materials that celebrate the subtle blue-grey plumage color of the Great Blue Heron.

Wimberly Interiors collaborated with Terry Eaton of Eaton Fine Art in Austin, Texas to create modern, abstract bronze wall art for each guestroom which depicts the stately Great Blue Heron soaring in flight.

The guestrooms were dramatically modernized to be smart, intuitive and functionally seamless within the elegant design. Unique spatial elements such as wood ledges, living room setting at the window wall and the curated library wall that also serves as a desk and bar maximize the space and delivers a distinctly residential experience for guests.

Throughout the rooms, the materials and finishes are refined, elevated and casually-elegant – creating an authentic escape from everyday life.


Park Hyatt Aviara ballroom

Grand ballroom and meeting space

The inspiration for the meeting space takes cues from the eucalyptus trees, native black sage, salt marshes and 185 species of migrating birds that make up the beautiful coastal wetland surrounding the resort. Thoughtful details, materials, textures and artifacts are layered throughout as the guests embark on a journey through this space.