VeraVia is an all-inclusive health resort located within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, and Spa in Carlsbad, California. VeraVia uses a holistic approach to improving guests’ health centered around its four pillars of fitness, nutrition, medical health, and mental health.
Guests complete pre- and post-stay health questionnaires and assessments to gauge their progress. During their stay, guests are provided the opportunity to consult with VeraVia’s Director of Fitness and Director of Nutrition to formulate a fitness and diet plan in accordance with their needs and goals. Additionally, guests can attend daily educational workshops on a variety of health-related topics.
VeraVia offers a variety of different packages ranging from 1-week to 4-week stays, all of which include luxury accommodations, access to resort amenities, comprehensive health analyses, personalized meals and eating plans, personal coaching, and after-care consultations and resources. VeraVia also offers a three-night stay or one-day wellness experience for guests looking for a shorter option.
The VeraVia program is for adults 18 and over. Children are allowed to attend with their parents and stay at the resort, but the weight loss programming is strictly for adults.
Resort guests have the option to book single or double rooms. The single rooms (540 square feet) come complete with king-sized beds and furnished balconies, with upgraded suites also available. Additional room amenities include:
- Living/sitting area
- Work desk area
- Bath amenities
- 24-hour multilingual concierge
- Free Wi-Fi
- Plasma TV
Because VeraVia is located within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, guests also have access to the resort’s 18-hole golf course, the 15,000-square-foot Aviara Spa, tennis courts, recreation center, meditation gardens, and nearby hiking trails.
Prior to arrival, guests complete an online questionnaire and receive a one-on-one phone call from VeraVia’s Director of Fitness to assess their current habits and health. Upon arrival, guests undergo a body composition analysis to assess their initial health, and a comprehensive fitness test to gauge metrics such as strength, posture, balance, and flexibility.
During their stay, guests work directly with the Director of Fitness to better understand current lifestyle and exercise preferences to tailor a fitness program to each individual’s personal fitness goals. Pre- and post-stay health analyses are conducted to measure the impact of the personalized fitness regimen.
While at VeraVia, guests will participate in a variety of fitness activities and classes. Some of these may include cardio exercises, strength training classes, hiking, stretching, yoga, and more. VeraVia advises that they do not offer “boot camp-style” classes, but instead provide motivating, encouraging exercise support.
After their stay, guests are provided a personalized long-term fitness plan, online resources, and the ability to consult with VeraVia fitness experts to ensure that they are able to maintain their fitness beyond their stay.
As with the fitness program, guests complete an online questionnaire and receive a one-on-one phone call from VeraVia’s Director of Nutrition to assess their current health status and nutritional habits. Throughout their stay, guests meet with a holistic nutritionist to review their dietary habits and map out daily meals and snacks.
Guests can benefit from educational workshops and guided grocery store trips led by VeraVia’s Director of Nutrition. Additionally, guests learn from food cooking demonstrations to learn healthier cooking techniques they can apply after their stay.
Meals at VeraVia have been described as healthy but not feeling limited in portion size. While this is not a calorie-counting resort, guests are encouraged to work with the nutrition staff to ensure that meals align with each individual’s weight loss goals.
At the end of their stay, guests are provided with a take-home nutrition plan customized to fit their tastes, budget, and available time.
Guests undergo a thorough health assessment of important vital signs and blood laboratory tests which are interpreted by designated clinicians. More comprehensive packages also include consultations with one of VeraVia’s naturopathic doctors. VeraVia provides guests with a personalized summary of their medical tests with their long-term take-home plan.
In addition to fitness training and nutritional guidance, guests participate in individual sessions with a behavioral health therapist to address underlying mental hurdles to achieving their health goals. VeraVia emphasizes the acquiring of tools to create life balance, mind-body integration, and achieving an overall better quality of life. These include stress management tools such as guided meditation and biofeedback systems.
In addition to the personalized take-home plan, VeraVia provides after-care coaching sessions to keep guests accountable and help them transition into an independent, healthy lifestyle. Guests also have access to complete recipes and meal plans, as well as other resources on the VeraVia alum portal webpage, and can remain connected to the VeraVia community on their private Facebook group.
VeraVia is located within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, and Spa in Carlsbad along the coastal region of Southern California. The resort is just 30 minutes north of San Diego, 90 minutes south of Los Angeles, and 10 minutes from South Ponto Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the Park Hyatt is just a few blocks from the Aviara Golf Club and the Batiquitos Lagoon.
For visitors traveling by car, VeraVia is near US Interstate 5, just two miles south of LEGOLAND. Guests at VeraVia arriving at the nearest major airport, San Diego International, can take a rental car along I-5 for the 30-minute drive to VeraVia.
All-inclusive packages (not including 1-Day Stay) range from $3,450 to $7,950 per week, depending on the length of stay and services selected. Meals and fitness are included in every package, but some medical tests and spa credits are only available at the higher tiers.
Guests looking for an upscale health resort with luxurious amenities may want to consider VeraVia. As one of the more expensive FitStays, VeraVia includes a large variety of different health-focused features from personal fitness coaching and nutrition guidance to comprehensive medical and behavioral health assessments. Additionally, guests can enjoy the amenities available at the Part Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, and Spa.
- Wide breadth of amenities – The program’s location within the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club, and Spa allows for a wide variety of activities and amenities outside of the VeraVia health resort.
- Multiple package options – VeraVia offers several package options to accommodate different lengths of stay (1 day to 4 weeks) and different budgets, though most options are pricier than most other FitStays.
- Holistic health approach – VeraVia not only focuses on teaching the technical aspects of health and fitness but also targets a change in guests’ mentality to promote health beyond their stay.
- Expensive – VeraVia is more expensive than many other FitStays in the Health Resort category, including some with similar all-inclusive options.
- Lack of detailed fitness and nutrition information – VeraVia does not provide much specific information on the specific activities/meal services they provide, making it difficult to compare this resort with other FitStays.