La Costa Resort’s $50M makeover brings the outdoors in

CARLSBAD, CA—Although the goal for the recent $50 million renovation of the La Costa Resort and Spa, here, was mainly to enhance its interiors, the inspiration for the majority of the new design was inspired by what was outside its doors. That natural theme is now reflected in everything from the lighting and color palette to the flooring.

According to Paul McCormick, the recent renovation was actually a continuation of owner KSL Resorts’ $140 million renovation that began in 2003. Overall, the two projects helped to give the Spanish Mission-style resort a more contemporary look. “This was a chance for us to put the icing on the cake after that first renovation,” he said. “Our goal was to create a light, bright and modern feel. Because La Costa is set within a very lush, garden landscape, the beauty of the outdoors served as our inspiration. Throughout the renovated spaces, you see themes from nature.” 

Dallas-based ForrestPerkins served as the principal design firm for the renovation, and McCormick noted the firm did a significant amount of research prior to starting the project on the design styles of the area and the Moorish influences on the region’s architecture. 

When it came to the flooring at La Costa, the majority of spaces were upgraded with new carpeting, but from a wide variety of sources. In the 474 guestrooms and suites, the design team focused on infusing the spaces with a lighter, more contemporary style. “The previous guestroom design was more influenced by the Spanish Mission style with a darker color palette and a lot of woods and leather. It was more of a club-like feel. The renovated rooms are brighter with more colors and textures,” McCormick explained. 

To complement the floral-inspired textiles and nature-inspired artwork, custom-designed carpet made from 100% solution-dyed nylon by Clayton Miller Hospitality Carpets was selected for the rooms. “Compared to what was there previously, the new carpet has much more color to it. Two color schemes were created to coordinate with the two different room types,” McCormick said. The resort’s Fairway, Courtside and Plaza rooms reflect the water and flora surrounding the property by featuring blue and cream colors accented with terra cotta and gold, while its signature La Costa rooms are styled with soft green, cream and gold tones.

While coordinating with a space’s décor is important, McCormick noted the property had another important factor to consider when selecting carpeting for its corridors. “La Costa’s guestroom layout is unique because it has a lot of exterior corridors linking rooms. As a result, we had to find a carpet that would look beautiful and be vibrant in color, but could also withstand the San Diego sunshine,” he said. To solve the problem, carpet made from UV-stabilized yarn from Signature Hospitality Carpets was installed in the corridors.

As part of the project, La Costa’s meeting facilities were upgraded and expanded as well. Now renamed The Coastal Events Center, it features a “contemporary California” design with 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible space and enhanced technology. “The conference center closed for nearly three months and underwent a complete redesign. The result is a totally different aesthetic with a vibrant palette of blue, green and terra cotta,” McCormick said, adding that for this part of the resort, manufacturer Couristan, Inc., was selected for the carpeting. “The carpet is bright and has really energized the entire facility. Again, the themes of nature are prevalent and the flooring includes floral patterns,” he said. 

Couristan also supplied the custom wool carpet that is now in the lobby of the resort, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the surrounding valley and the property’s golf course. 

The 28,000-sq.-ft. Spa at La Costa also underwent a refurbishment to reflect a coastal California feel. McCormick noted the flooring in the spa’s locker rooms was upgraded with broadloom carpet by Atlas Carpet Mills, which also supplied the new carpet for BlueFire Grill, the resort’s signature restaurant. A new luxury sports lounge and the members-only Champions Club, which features broadloom carpet from Masland Carpets, have also been created as part of the renovation project.

Although durability and ease of maintenance were key considerations for all of the flooring selections, McCormick noted no special maintenance practices are required for any of the new carpeting, and that the renovation has been getting rave reviews. “Everything has been very well-received by guests, meeting attendees and club members. Most of the comments center around the light and contemporary feel of the new design,” he said.