Carlsbad, located just a short 20-minute drive from San Diego International Airport, surprised us as an exceptional destination for a two-night getaway. Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the Californian coastline, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa, offered a perfect blend of relaxation and luxury.
Situated directly across from the beach, with only a small campground and a road separating it from the ocean, the location of Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach is truly idyllic. Everywhere you turn, the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean mesmerize you. Surrounded by large residential homes, the resort exudes tranquility, making it an oasis of peace.
Upon our arrival, we opted for self-parking, although valet service was also available. The resort has a spacious multi-story parking lot across the street, providing a secure spot for our rental car.
Our room, the Ocean View Balcony, exceeded our expectations. It was not only spacious and immaculate but also featured a luxuriously comfortable bed adorned with plush linens. A large dresser and work desk provided ample storage space, ensuring a clutter-free environment.
What set Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach apart was its commitment to reducing plastic waste. They thoughtfully provided two branded refillable water bottles in our room, encouraging all guests to utilize the water stations. This environmentally conscious gesture resonated with us, as we strongly believe all accommodations should offer unlimited access to drinking water.
The modern and well-lit bathroom had a large vanity with storage shelves, ensuring a pleasant experience. To pamper their guests, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach partnered with the esteemed Evelyn and Crabtree luxury skincare brand to supply high-quality bathroom amenities.
While cloudy weather prevented us from witnessing the renowned Californian sunsets from our balcony, we could envision the scenic beauty that awaited on clearer evenings.
Dining at Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach was an absolute delight. In the mornings, the lobby provided a complimentary coffee station and refreshing lemon-cucumber water throughout the day. We were fortunate enough to experience both breakfast and dinner at Chandler’s, the resort’s in-house restaurant. For breakfast, we enjoyed the cozy ambiance of the pretty outdoor patio, warmed by heaters. The friendly service complimented the unique dishes, such as the Crab Cake Benedict and the delectable Lobster Hash, made with fresh ingredients from the on-site garden.
Dinner at Chandler’s offered a contrasting yet equally enchanting experience, with seating around fireplaces and captivating views from every table. Impeccable service enhanced the night’s flavors, particularly when paired with the staff’s expertly suggested wine, accentuating the deliciousness that was the steak frites.
Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach shines with its exceptional range of amenities. The possibilities are endless, making it difficult to fully indulge in all the offerings within a few days. We had the pleasure of exploring Ocean Crest Spa, the in-house spa, which pleasantly surprised us with its spaciousness and impeccable cleanliness. From the changing rooms to the relaxation areas, every corner had a serene ambiance. The spa provided an array of massages, facials, and couples’ treatments, all delivered by a warm and inviting staff.
For golf enthusiasts, Carlsbad presents a haven of opportunities. Although our schedule did not permit us to play, we had the chance to visit the nearby course at The Crossings. It stood out as one of the most picturesque and elegant courses. Cape Rey Resort now offers the Stay to Play package, featuring a one- or two-night stay inclusive of an 18-hole round, complete with carts and parking for two people.
The resort’s gym was exceptional, defying the typical cramped spaces often found in other resorts. Its generous size, complemented by large windows that invited lots of natural light, created an invigorating exercise environment. Facing the ocean, the cardio machines offered the best views to enhance workouts. Also, the gym’s 24-hour availability makes it super convenient for all guests.
The pool area at Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach was a vibrant hub of activity. Equipped with an outdoor bar serving refreshing drinks and delectable food options, the spacious pool catered to every guest’s enjoyment. Two hot tubs added an extra touch of relaxation, while daybeds and cabanas, all boasting stunning ocean views, could be reserved for those seeking an elevated poolside experience.
The beach across the street can sometimes be a thin strip of sand. The hotel provides shuttle and butler services to the nearby Ponto Beach.
In conclusion, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa, offers a remarkable retreat where laid-back luxury meets the mesmerizing Californian coastline. With its exceptional location, spacious rooms, delectable dining options, extensive amenities, and convenient access to golf and the beach, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach provides an unforgettable experience for those seeking relaxation, indulgence, and tranquility.