Arrival/Check-in: I arrived at the beautiful seaside area of Carlsbad, Calif., by car and began my search for the resort. I was a little confused by the entrance despite my GPS navigation directions, but did manage to make my way through the maze. The valet staff, very quick and helpful in taking my vehicle and bags, guided me to the front desk. Check-in went smoothly and with a smile, but I still had to get to my room. The resort is spread out, so guests may opt for golf cart transport to their rooms. I found this to be a nice touch, however was a tad put off at the wait after discovering that I could have walked the less than 100 yards. (28/30)
Guest Quarters: The lovely one-bedroom suite provided a stunning view of one of the championship golf courses. All appeared to be well appointed with divine amenities from the spa; the flat-panel televisions in each room offered plenty of mindless entertainment. Unfortunately, the desk was less than adequate as a workspace, with the outlet coming loose from the wall. This would have been a minor inconvenience, but the bed was the final straw. Actually, I probably would have had a better night had I been sleeping on straw. For a 5-star spa resort, it was a disappointment to spend the night tossing and turning on a bed with springs pressing into my back. Had I just returned from an expensive spa treatment, I would have been incensed at waking up with a backache. (19/30)
Services/Amenities: The resort has two very famous 18-hole PGA championship golf courses, although it doesn’t currently host any tournaments. The annual Acura Classic Tennis Tournament takes place on the resort’s 21 courts — clay, grass and composite. Although I did not have any time to enjoy the spa, it is world class. It even includes the Chopra Center, founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra as a perfect complement to a full mind- and bodyrelaxing experience.
The pools are also excellent, but there was a lack of on-site dining choices. Aside from the poolside café, there are only two other options. I found the lack of choice insufficient for a resort with more than 400 guestrooms. Area restaurants aren’t too far away, but who wants to get in a car and deal with traffic after a day at the pool and spa? (37/40)
The Experience: The location is gorgeous. La Costa, which translates from Spanish to “The Coast,” dates to the 1960s and has maintained its draw for the rich and famous in Southern California. Current owner KSL Resorts has continued to enhance the beautiful coastal California Spanish architecture while modernizing the offerings. Having been the very first full-service spa resort in the United States, it has continued to stay ahead of the curve in many areas.
Total Score: (84/100)
La Costa Resort and Spa
2100 Costa del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
tel 760 438 9111
Buenos Aires, Argentina, comes to life at night. Translating to “good airs” or “fair winds,” Buenos Aires is an autonomous district filled to the brim with eclectic European architecture and a rich cultural life. The multicultural city, a melting pot of language, history, incredible food and music, comes to life at night. When you travel to Buenos Aires, be prepared to eat late, choose from hundreds of restaurants and thousands of bars and clubs, and dance beyond dawn. The city’s nightlife, as varied as it is intense, allows you to dance to whatever rhythm takes your fancy. A city that oozes sex appeal, it proves dynamic and passionate, and the beauty and rhythm will get under your skin for an amazing trip.
Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler
Like most big cities, Seattle’s distinct personality is made up of the sum of its many parts. Each of The Emerald City’s unique neighborhoods offers something distinct, and exploring them provides as much of an adventure as visiting the Space Needle or wandering stalls at Pike Place Market.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
Sleek, light, minimalist and your someone special’s new favorite travel gear, the TSA-ready Travel Pack from NOMATIC is cleverly designed to carry everything needed for shorter trips. And, if a professional silhouette is required for some expeditions, the pack’s slim profile and patent-pending strap system easily converts it into a briefcase that’s also RFID-safe.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.