La Costa Resort & Spa

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California, 92009, United States
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exceptional sevice at the beautiful la costa resort

by TripAdvisor Member sammicat

my husband and i loved our two night stay at la costa resort. the property was beautiful as was our spa room. and the customer service was outsanding. I will definitley stay and play there again.


by maggieber about LA COSTA RESORT


...Boy Nearly Drowns At La Costa Resort and Spa - News Story - KGTV ... SAN DIEGO -- A 4-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being found at the bottom of a pool at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Alert: La Costa Resort Worker Killed On The Job

Posted by roboblogger Jun 28, 2007 | via KFMB-TV San Diego

A recovery effort was underway Tuesday after a worker at the La Costa Resort and Spa drowned, according to a News 8 report. via KFMB-TV San Diego --------------------------------------


Early Sunday afternoon, a father took his son and daughter to the swimming area at the La Costa Spa and Resort in Carlsbad, officials said.

Firefighter paramedic Blaine Morgan said the man's young son headed to the adults' pool and his 3-year-old daughter started toward the children's pool. The father got to the boy before he went into the big pool, but meanwhile the girl made it into the smaller pool, Morgan said.

"Somebody saw her in there under water and jerked her out," he said. "She was unconscious and not breathing. An off-duty Tri-City Medical Center doctor was there. He gave her a couple of rescue breaths. She spit up some water."

Morgan said the girl was revived before firefighters arrived and was taken to Children's Hospital in San Diego. Her condition wasn't available. NOT GREAT FOR KIDS ...BRILLANT yOGA CENTER


by Richmond


There is a lagoon in south Carlsbad. You might end up driving by Bataquitos while passing through North County on I-5 on your way towards LA. It's the large lagoon between Leucadia and Carlsbad's Village area. Recent work is aimed at restoring the lagoon to make it better for nature and neighborhood environments.
The project is well along, and you can take a hike along the north side of the lagoon. From the parking lot, signs will direct you past the Lagoon FoundationÂ’s small office building and onto the trail. As this is a tidal area, you may be close to the water and the many shorebirds or maybe not. (Check the tide tables for high tides to see the birds up close.) A series of information stanchions tell the story of the lagoonÂ’s natural features.

The first trail section is open. As you walk along the dirt path you'll enter a stand of eucalyptus trees. A side trail joins in from a different parking lot, then as you continue east youÂ’ll walk close to the Aviara golf club. If your concept of hiking includes a cool margarita or even lunch while overlooking the lagon, step through the gate, walk 50 feet and thereÂ’s civilization, a fine restaurant and bar in the golf club house. Or keep on walking, with more shade and lots of flowers, past the golf course to where the trail enters from the easternmost parking lot. Someday the trail may continue further around the lagoon, but now it stops here. This hike is perhaps one hour and 1.5 miles round trip.

Keeping a close watch on this area is the Bataquitos Lagoon Foundation. They conduct frequent guided hikes, so call them for information and membership at 760-431-5640.

DIERECTIONS: I-5 north to Carlsbad and right on Poinsettia. Turn right at Bataquitos Drive, go to Azure Cove, turn right (see the sign) and drive to the parking lot at the lagoon. Walk in past the Lagoon Foundation's office and continue along the path. Or enter from El Camino Real just north of the La Costa resort onto Aviara Parkway. At Bataquitos Drive, turn left (south) toward the golf club. YouÂ’ll see two parking lots with maps, information kiosks, and trails down to the lagoon.

Aaaahhhh...I'm feeling great!!!

by A TripAdvisor Member

I have used the spa many,many times and am a big fan! The facility is gorgeous and the staff helpful and friendly. Facials, massages, body scrubs, waxing, and more ... I recommend that you purchase a service and get a complimentary "Aqua Vida" treatment with any service purchased... It is $60 without purchasing an additional service, so you get the most "bang for your buck" this way... I recommend you stay for the day: massage, aqua vida, lunch, hang by the pool, shower (great lotions and hair care products provided), facial, then lounge by the fireplace with a good book in the quiet reading room ... life is good!!!

Overrated and in need of a good cleaning

by A TripAdvisor Member

I just stayed at La Costa for 3 days recently. My room was damp and smelled of mildew ($255 plus tax/night) Carpets were dirty, ice machine was broken during my entire stay. While golfing at the South Course, a group of 3 girls was put ahead of us at the turn. A 6 yr old, a 12 yr old in flip flops and oversized blouse and a young teenager. Only 1 had ever played golf before apparently. No Ranger in sight, so we waited 8-10 minutes between shots. $150 bucks for a run down course. I'm generally an optimist- but this brought me to a boil! Go to Del Mar National if you want to golf!!
On a bright note, the employees were wonderfully helpful, especially at Concierge. Merri is a delight! La Costa has plenty of potential but for now it's tired, dirty and not a place I'd bring my family. It's overpriced for what you get in return.

In Need of Quality Control!

by A TripAdvisor Member

Just got back from a long weekend at La Costa. My other half had booked a "suite", along with daily spa and golf, as a birthday surprise for me. He'd heard about La Costa's extensive facelift, and we try to make a habit of visiting high-end golf and spa resorts on a regular basis, as "mini-vacations". Their website and brochure made the property look beautiful. Unfortunately, he didn't read the reviews here at TripAdvisor first! As other reviews state, the room had a very musty smell - telltale sign of its age. Worse, though, were many housekeeping problems, all of which would be easily fixable... if anyone bothered to check. Black handprints on the back of the door, dirty floors and tub, filthy patio, clogged sink, etc. Noticeably poor workmanship on the bathroom facelift (apparently, the contract went to the low bidder). Just sloppy work. Beds were comfortable, towels soft, and the furniture and decor were nicely chosen, although the room was very subdued, almost boring - no color, plants, artwork. Huge closet space, and two french doors leading to the patio. Slatted doors in the bathroom provide for little privacy when in the loo! Our suite was at the farthest point of the hotel, and while we enjoyed the peace and quiet, the walk was a bit much. There is little to no landscape lighting (making for a dicey, uneven, walk in the dark), and the landscaping itself is very unimpressive - especially farther away from the entry and pool area. There wasn't anything "special" about the whole resort, except that it has a nice spa. Food at the one and only restaurant was average. We love excellent food, and went off site to get it. When we go to a "luxury resort", we expect fine food, excellent service, and top-notch rooms. Can't say we got any of that at La Costa. It is absurd that they charge a $15/day "resort fee", which is supposed to be for in-room coffee (dreadful), daily newspaper (only received once), and local calls (Hello?? Cell Phones??). If they really need the money, why don't they just incorporate it into the room rate? This, on top of $16 per day for valet parking, which really rubbed us wrong since the valet/bell staff were disorganized and sometimes nowhere in sight. Service throughout is not polished or professional, and at times was actually rude (Spa Cafe). The Spa treatments I received (two 80-minute massages) were very good - although, and again as noted by another reviewer - what happened to the concept of "spa voices"? I don't want to hear doors slamming and people talking while I'm trying to sink into the $200 bliss I've paid for! The Spa itself is very nice. My other half was disappointed with the golf, due to the extremely poor condition of the course. We were really shocked by all the things that scream for attention. Substandard housekeeping, mediocre food, poor service, torn-up golf course. You'd think that after being in business for 40 years, they'd have service and quality nailed down. When returning to the area, we'll be found at The Four Seasons Aviara, or The Lodge at Torrey Pines. I wrote a nice letter to La Costa management to let them know our comments...we'll see if they respond.

Competent Resort, but not overwheming

by A TripAdvisor Member

We recently returned from a four-night stay at LaCosta Resort & Spa ... a little R&R for two. This was our first trip to LaCosta. This review is long, but hopefully informative.

A little background. We found a "Plaza Room" package (including airfare) through an online site. The site offered an upgrade to a "Resort Room", but we decided against this extra $160.00/night option. I had heard that the service could be a little fussy and unfriendly. In the past, we have experienced poor treatment at other resorts with an online package, so I was apprehensive. Nevertheless we decided to go for it.

Getting there. We arrived in the early evening and our route to LaCosta took us directly through busy neighboring Encinitas on El Camino Real. One thing that surprised me was how much development led up to the resort. There is a supermarket, gas station, strip mall directly next to the resort property and “big box” retail shopping just down the road. In some ways it’s nice to have these services close, but you also want a little distance & seclusion from your resort getting you away from the day-to-day.

Arrival. Once on the grounds, you leave the business behind and the property appears well maintained, if not overtly luxurious. No palm trees wrapped with lights here. The valet was professional and allowed us to hold our car in the circle while checking in. At check-in, the desk clerk was efficient and surprisingly friendly in processing our reservation. In fact, he upgraded us to a Resort Room (the "Spa Room") because he said there were no available rooms of the type we reserved. So, we received excellent treatment despite our package.

Room. Our room was located on the far part of the property and we were not offered assistance with our luggage (which was fine with us). The area is somewhat removed from the rest of the resort, but has it's own pool and hot tub for the private use of those staying in the area. This actually was delightful for us.

The room was quite large and furnished in dark woods and earthtones that looks smart, but did not really wow or surprise us. There was a desk, dining table for two, a reading area, sliding doors leading to a narrow outdoor veranda, dresser, comfortable bed with leather headboard and bench. Our room looked into the courtyard, but thankfully was not directly over the pool.

The marble bathroom was very large with an oversized tub and shower stall. Nice brass fixtures with a towel warming rack. The soap, shampoo, lotions, etc. had a very nice scent that we enjoyed. We even purchased some lotion to take home despite the high price ($32 for 17 oz). Towels and robes were of nice quality.

The room also has a safe (which locked but oddly was not permanently attached), a TV with typical hotel “LodgeNet”. There was no CD/stereo or DVD player, which would have been nice. We did not try the wired high-speed internet access, as we were able to connect to wirelessly.

We did not notice any types of odors that others described.


Dining. Room service is what you would expect ... decent but very expensive (modest breakfast for two - $45). The server was professional and set up for us. The young man was also very friendly giving us additional tips on resort and the local area, but only when we inquired of him. The in-room coffee "City Blend" is truly awful, as others have noted ... LaCosta should replace or eliminate it. We did not try the restaurant.

Pool. The private pool / hot tub in our area had unattended, poolside towel service and ample deck lounges, tables, and chairs. Room service dining can also be ordered. The setting is very nice and gave us that secluded feeling we sought. LaCosta also has a “family pool” area that is *much* busier … even “crazy”.

Spa / Golf / Tennis / Exercise. The treatments appear to be reasonably priced, but more than my wife normally pays. Tennis is $15 per person, per day for unlimited use of the hard or clay courts. Had we remembered to take our racquets, we would have played. But since we did not participate in these activities, we cannot comment further.

Construction. As of our recent visit, the property was still under construction. Our timing may have been perfect, but we experienced zero construction noise, dust, or inconvenience. Other than a few construction walls (near the conference center) and the partially unpaved parking lot, we scarcely noticed the construction at all. It appears they are nearing completion on the guest areas, but that they are planning to build additional condos and/or new rooms on-site. Something to consider. We may have gotten lucky.

Checkout. The resort charged us the $16/day resort fee for “complimentary toll free, credit card and local access calls, entrance to Athletic Club, high speed internet access, in-room coffee and a daily newspaper”. It’s really a petty charge that LaCosta should just bake into the room rate. Making us think about $16 not very smart.

Bottom Line / Overall Experience. We very much enjoyed LaCosta. It was an excellent base from which to explore San Diego (we visited the Zoo, beaches, Coronado, Balboa Park) and to return for relaxation. Our time spent in the room and in the resort was extremely relaxing and just our pace. At the rack rate for our room ($425/night), we would have expected perfection and would probably have been somewhat disappointed. But given our package, LaCosta was an excellent value.


by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed Labor day weekend. Staff was very attentive. Spa was the best. Very relaxing. No expense was spared and the massage was the best I have ever had. Lots of activities for the children also. Great pool service. Put your flag up and in 5 minutes you have another margarita.

Carlsbad, "City by the Sea"

by spartan

Carlsbad [German Karlsbad "Charles' watering place"] : elevation 44', population 78,247 (2000 census), Location: 32 46 30 N, 117 25 06 W.

Carlsbad is located on the coast of Southern California. It is bordered by two lagoons, Buena Vista and Batiquitos, on the north and south, respectively. These lagoons are a major way station for birds migrating up and down the coast. In the center is a saltwater lagoon, Agua Hedionda, which has facilities for boating, skiing, and other water sports.

Carlsbad is a mixed use community of homes and businesses. Carlsbad Village, downtown, is a popular area for shopping. The beaches are popular for sunbathing, BBQs, and surfing. Inland, surrounding Palomar Airport, are several high-tech industries. Several resorts offer golf and tennis--the most famous is La Costa Resort and Spa.

Carlsbad known as the "Village by the Sea"

by Richmond

Southern California is a strange compact mix of endless sprawl, strip malls, crowded freeways, picturesque coastal towns, scenic valleys, seasonally snowcapped mountains and warm, dry desert. Professional sports, arts and culture flourish in Los Angeles and San Diego, while the entire coastline between these two cities boasts the best year-round climate in the continental USA. Don't look for a center to anything here because you won't find it. Think of new communities built upon the dream made possible by the car culture.

Just 35 miles north of San Diego is Carlsbad, one of several rare jewels strung along San Diego County's north coast.

Pleasant beaches, some upscale shopping, restaurants with character, new industrial parks and the home of LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA, make Carlsbad an interesting place for a short visit.

Created by Danish toy manufacturer, LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA is the only park of its kind in the United States. The 128-acre park is designed to stimulate the imagination of youngster's ages 2-12 and is full of fun and surprises. Six distinctive play areas feature unique attractions, family rides, restaurants, opportunities to build and areas to explore. About 30 million LEGO bricks were used to create more than 1,000 colorful LEGO models that decorate the park, adding to its appeal. For more info see

One of the several picturesque communities along the Southern California's Pacific Coast, Carlsbad is blessed with sun-splashed beaches, three graceful lagoons and a quaint small downtown Village.

Known as "The Village by the Sea," Carlsbad aspires to have some of the charm of a European village while being surrounded by sprawling suburban housing developments, planned "burb-claves" with essentially other "edge city" attributes. Its many village antique stores and boutiques, sidewalk cafes and a few touristy hotels are just a short walk from the beach. After browsing in little shops, walking along the beach and relaxing over lunch at a sidewalk cafe, you will be able to appreciate some of Carlsbad's charms.

More than four miles of coastline in Carlsbad offer clean, uncrowded beaches for swimming, with some fishing, windsurfing, and sunbathing opportunities. The restored lagoons are suitable sites for nature walks, bird ~ watching and some water sports.

Along the beach bluffs near the Village is a seawall - walkway that is popular with joggers and strollers. On a clear day, the view from the seawall extends south to La Jolla and north past the Oceanside pier to the sweeping bluffs and mountains of Camp Pendleton.

Carlsbad is less than a 45-minute drive from downtown San Diego via Interstate 5, and slightly longer on Highway 101. The 101 route is by far the more pleasant, with its spectacular scenery and the opportunity to enjoy the coastline and many beach towns that stretch for miles.

If you prefer to travel on Interstate 5, take the Carlsbad Village Drive off-ramp and drive west a half-mile to State Street, the heart of the Village. This unique shopping district is best viewed on foot.

You can amble along some of the picturesque streets, browse the boutiques, dine in down home type restaurants, or explore Carlsbad's few historical landmarks. The community is trying to maitain an atmosphere of a leisurely, unhurried small town where the scale makes walking still possible.

The Southern part of Carlsbad has two magnificent resorts; the internationally renowned La Costa Resort and Spa and the splendid new Four Seasons Resort, Aviara. Mingle with the corporate yuppies and the other rich and famous as you enjoy luxurious accommodations, golf, tennis and elaborate spas.

For information on things to see and do, or where to stay, stop in at the Carlsbad Convention and Visitor's Bureau visitors center in the historic old train depot in the heart of the Village.

Phone: 760-434-6093 or 800-227-5722


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 La Costa Resort & Spa

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Address: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, California, 92009, United States