Get all the excitement of an island vacation without leaving California. Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to the famous SeaWorld Adventure Park. Celebrating 50 years this October, there’s no better time to experience a little piece of paradise for yourself.
Recommended Resort: Paradise Point Resort & Spa. This San Diego luxury resort features comfortable, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. Tucked away in private pockets, the bungalow style hotel suites are beautifully appointed and exude a comfort and luxury that is Mission Bay lodging at its finest.
Enjoy an open and airy, tropically elegant renovation that takes full advantage of garden, lagoon and bay views, with a refreshing color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and gold.
The custom décor includes flat screen plasma TVs, plus edgy fine touches such as leopard-pattern rugs, modern teak and kapur furnishings, contemporary artwork, custom Javanese Batik-style bed throws and black porcelain tile floors. Each room comes with the important and convenient little details of any San Diego accommodations, such as wireless Internet, marble or granite bathrooms, and private patios.
Check-In: 1404 Vacation Road in San Diego. 858-274-4630, paradisepoint.com
Check-Out: Baleen. Paradise Point’s signature San Diego seafood restaurant caters to locals and guests alike with an innovative menu. Uniquely positioned, Baleen San Diego is a waterfront restaurant overlooking Mission Bay that has become a destination for fine dining.
This seafood restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private dining area with an outdoor terrace for intimate get-togethers or special occasions. A wide-open and bustling exhibition kitchen with a centrally located copper hooded fireplace adds to the decadent setting. Only at Baleen can guests enjoy critically acclaimed fare within a lush, tropical island resort setting, and still be just minutes from downtown San Diego.
Baleen’s menu is an artful blend of San Diego seafood and land cuisine infused with regional flavors to create savory beginnings, entrées, sides and divine desserts, and knowledgeable servers can recommend pairings from an extensive list of fine wines. Among the restaurant’s delectable offerings are seared scallops with a kumquat-chardonnay glaze, an entrée of grilled longline swordfish with plantain, smoked tuna hash and cilantro chimichurri, as well as the signature apple-brined pork chop, accompanied by a chipotle sweet potato gratin with smoked bacon, apple and pecan relish.
Don’t Miss: The Island Activities. Whether your pastime of choice is lounging by the pool, an exhilarating jet ski adventure, or a bike ride along the bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa offers a multitude of recreational activities for all ages. This tropical island resort offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service marina, five swimming pools and various sport courts and recreational activities for guests looking for the ultimate southern California beach resort experience.
Paradise Point is well-known for its private, full-service marina, located adjacent to the Barefoot Bar & Grill. Here on the shimmering waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay, aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating and kayaking can be learned and enjoyed. Basic operational instruction given at time rental, and wetsuits and life vests are provided.
For something a little more mellow, visit The Spa at Paradise Point — an intimate and inviting San Diego day spa sanctuary that imparts to its guests some of the world’s best-kept secrets for mind and body well-being.
Choose your sensory destination — Hawaii, Bali, Fiji, Thailand, or the classic Mainland — and experience signature treatments and services using techniques and ingredients indigenous to each island. Enjoy!
Blog post by Always a Bridesmaid Contributor Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
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