Our weekend getaway at the Kia Classic

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Last weekend we had the pleasure of being the guests of Kia at the Kia Classic and staying at the Park Hyatt Aviara. We had a great weekend getaway and I’m so excited to share the highlights of our trip with you all!

kia classic aviara park hyatt

Before we left for the weekend Kia kindly arranged to have a 2016 Sorento delivered to our home to enjoy during our time at the Kia Classic.

We loved it! Every time we are in a Kia we are more and more impressed. Pete loves the adaptive cruise control and I was stunned at the backup camera abilities. The birds eye view is a huge jump in backup camera technology and something I’m going to want all future vehicles I purchase to have.


The drive to the Park Hyatt Aviara was relaxing (no kids). I think that about says it all about why it was so peaceful!

Everything about the Park Hyatt Aviara is luxurious and every person we encountered on our weekend went above and beyond to make our visit perfect. I fell in love with the tropical scent that encompasses you right as you want in. I’m working on defining exactly what it is so I can recreate it at home. It was a deep floral with a tropical flare. Totally relaxing!

park hyatt aviara hotel

Our room was beautiful and had a view off the balcony of the lush landscaping.

aviara rooms

aviara bathromm

Dinner was at Vivace. The food was memorable and delicious. I am already planning to go back for this salad.


The next morning we woke up early for a ride up the coast in the Sorento to go whale watching.

 kia sorento

kia at the beach

We saw a Minke Whale but it was too quick for pictures, but the dolphins were totally performing for us! 

dolphins off dana point

Back at the Aviara and throughout the afternoon we ordered room service and enjoyed the property.

park hyatt aviara

And then it was golf day! We had a cup of coffee on the balcony and then we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at the California Bistro. Everything was fresh and it was the perfect way to start the day!

breakfast buffet carlsbad

The day was already off to an amazing start… and it just kept getting better!

kia classic michelle wie

kia classic aviara

kia k900

As we arrived onto the course we both commented on how exciting it was. Everyone was in such a great mood and enjoying the players and the warm weather. I stopped as soon as I saw the Kia K900. It’s pretty much a dream car. Like, everything you could possibly dream about having in a car is in it. It is so comfortable while still feeling like a luxury vehicle. If you haven’t seen it in person do… it’s really cool!

18th hole kia classic

kia classic 2015

We got to the Kia Sky Box and enjoyed lunch right as the first round of golfers started on the 18th hole. I could barely eat because I was so excited for them all. As soon as they were done we decided to walk around and see more players. I am amazed at each of their talents. They were all very inspiring. 

sky box kia classic

And then it was time to head back home…

Here is an instagram roundup of our weekend with some other fun moments!

Just about to leave on a weekend getaway with for in the new 2016 Kia Sorento! ♡♡♡♡♡ Trying not to eat the huge decorative chocolate eggs ... they look delicious! Such a beautiful resort. Can't wait for tomorrow and the ♡♡♡♡♡

What dreams are made of... chocolate cronuts. One of the many delicious breakfast choices ♡♡♡♡♡ Room service breakfast and then it's whale watching time in Dana Point! After that we are going to take the for a drive along the coast! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

How was your weekend?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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