Whether you’re a local or visiting California for the first time, there’s plenty to do and see for the whole family. From outdoor concerts and art festivals to surf contests and amusement parks, it’s no wonder millions flock annually to enjoy the sun and sand over summer. As a result, many hotels offer exciting packages to entice travelers.
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Carlsbad
This Spanish Colonial-style Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort near San Diego provides the perfect escape for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts with its 200 acres of exquisitely manicured grounds. Take advantage of this sublime locale this season with the Aviara Golf and Spa Package.
You’ll enjoy a free round on the greens, plus discounts on private instruction and purchases at the Aviara Golf Pro Shop as well as complimentary storage for all your gear.
After a day on the course, head to the Four-Star spa for your 50-minute treatment before indulging in a prime cut at Argyle Steakhouse overlooking the 18th hole or a wine-paired Italian dinner at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Vivace.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
As one of the go-to hotels for celebrities during awards season, this Five-Star gem knows how to pamper. To put its service to the test, book the Bed and Breakfast Package. You’ll partake in the property’s many amenities, such as a private balcony and the saltwater pool, as well as a gratis daily breakfast for two at the hotel’s elegant Italian restaurant, Culina, or a morning meal in the comfort of your room.
But grown-ups aren’t the only ones getting spoiled at this luxurious Beverly Hills hotel. Little ladies can experience the good life with the American Girl Package, which consists of a nightly surprise with turndown service, special doll-sized amenities like robes and travel beds and a $150 breakfast credit to help you make the most of your L.A. stay.
San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara
If it was posh enough to serve as John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon destination, this Four-Star property will meet your standards, too. Set on 500 rolling acres just outside of Santa Barbara, the ranch offers private bungalow cottages equipped with the works, from private patios sporting gorgeous creek-side vistas to fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.
Recently remodeled, the ranch’s spa is certainly worth adding to your vacation itinerary. Be it a girlfriends getaway or a restorative solo trip, the Make Yourself Beautiful package includes a bottle of local wine waiting in your cottage upon arrival, breakfast for two in the Stonehouse Restaurant, a $100 spa credit and a parting gift.
If a romantic escape is more what you had in mind, try the Ranch Weekend Indulgence. This two-night package gives you a bottle of chilled champagne upon arrival, continental breakfast each morning and your choice of a full day of wine tasting in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley, 18 holes of golf at a nearby course or a 90-minute couple’s massage at the spa.
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport
Passing through Los Angeles on your summer getaway? There’s no better spot to spend a layover in luxury than Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport. The conveniently located property (it’s the closest hotel to LAX) recently underwent a $75 million renovation to refresh its guest rooms and introduce one of the city’s unique restaurant concepts, Unity LA.
With a menu that highlights six L.A. communities (ranging from Boyle Heights’ crispy pork belly to Santa Monica’s fish tacos), Unity LA is the spot to take in all of the city’s culinary diversity without spending countless hours in traffic.
Not to worry if you land after the restaurant closes. The Unity Bar, open until 2 a.m., serves a menu of small local bites, such as ramen or queso fundido.
Local travelers can take advantage of the Park n’ Fly package, which allows complimentary valet parking for up to three nights. If you’re merely stopping through on the way to a couple’s retreat, opt for the Romance Package and be treated to a bottle of champagne and complimentary breakfast at Unity LA before jetting off to your final destination.