Wave Crest Oceanfront has broken ground at its new hotel property Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa in Southern California, US.

The $75m property will feature 215 guest rooms, a 1,798m² restaurant, a 1,524m² spa, 4,572m² of meeting space on South Carlsbad State Beach, private cabanas and swimming pools, and a health club.

The project is expected to be completed in 2012.

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa will be operated by Wave Crest Hotels and Resorts Management Company under an undisclosed, long-term management contract.