Located about 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport and minutes away from San Diego’s major attractions, Sea World, Legoland, and the San Diego Zoo is San Diego’s tropical Paradise Point Resort and Spa, a 44-acre private island nestled in Mission Bay.
Our first trip here was in February 2005. My friend and I arrived in San Diego from a relaxing vacation in Hawaii and we just weren’t ready to head home. We decided to rent a car at the airport, and booked a hotel reservation for Paradise Point. We had no idea what to expect and when we drove through the long entrance driveway amongst the palm trees and tiki torches, we were in awe as we truly felt we had returned to and found paradise right here just minutes from home.
After that initial visit, our friends and family have returned time and time again along with us to experience this special family resort. My daughter has loved every trip we have taken here together. It is our favorite place to stay in San Diego! I know that as she grows older, she will bring her family here someday!
There are 81 steps to reach the top of this observation tower where you can not only see the resort but you can also see a panoramic view of Mission Bay.
The view from this tower is worth each and every step!
There are five pools and jacuzzis located throughout the property. On Saturday nights during the summer time, we have experienced a dive-in movie while swimming in the sparkling pool lit up with tiki torches.
During the day, pool toys and suntan lotion could be purchased at the poolside market or Island Market. You can also be served your favorite drink and enjoy a bar-b-que lunch by the pool servers. The little ones love the sandy beach that leads into the pool.
During our last visit, we stayed in the Lanai Garden Guestroom. We hope to one day be able to stay in one of the Bayside Bungalows on Paradise Cove and enjoy a campfire and s’mores outside our door.
The bottle of Mondavi, fresh tropical fruit, and personalized note was such a nice surprise after a long day at BlogHer.
Our view from our patio chairs was rich with tropical beauty.
If I had any complaints at all during this trip, is that I missed the personal sized shampoo and conditioners that they used to provide their guests. Oh my goodness, did it smell good!
Once you get settled in your room and you have taken a moment to sink into relaxation, you will want to take some time to enjoy the property. Be sure to take the map of the property with you so you can make sure you stop to see all that this resort has to offer.
You may want to have a bite to eat at the Barefoot Bar & Grill which has a beautiful view of the marina and bay or you may decide that you would like to be pampered at The Spa at Paradise Point or you may want to enjoy an evening glass of wine and dinner at their signature beachfront restaurant, Baleen. The choices are endless at Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
You can buy food to feed the ducks located throughout the property at the Island Market.
You can also feed the fish located next to the Barefoot Bar and Grill.
As you stroll, bike, or drive around the property, you will notice the beauty of the tropical landscape and flowers. We spotted this plumeria.
After dinner, be sure to take a moment to enjoy the sandy beach areas surrounding the property with your own bonfire. You can buy firewood and s’more kits at the Island Market.
Travel Tip: Beginning in 2011 from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, you can purchase tickets to Sea World at the Island Market and you could take a water taxi over to Sea World and enter in your own private entrance. This is definitely something to remember when planning next summer’s vacation!
Outside the Island Market, there is a coffee stand and a bike rental shop. You can rent surrey bikes, beach cruisers, boogie boards, and even these crazy looking treadmill bikes.
You and your family will never be at a loss of what to do while visiting Paradise Point Resort & Spa! You have the choice of enrolling in the Pacific Surf Academy, play a game of tennis, shoot the hoops at their basketball court, or play a game of croquet, miniature golf, or ping pong.
It goes without saying that Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a perfect place to share your special wedding day with your friends and family. This island property is absolutely gorgeous and tranquil. I can’t imagine how beautiful the wedding pictures are for the lucky couples who choose Paradise Point Resort & Spa as their wedding location.
I can only imagine that many couples who have been married here are now bringing their families and little ones to share this island getaway.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a perfect location for a wedding, weekend vacation, honeymoon, or a local escape to unwind in your own island paradise.
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Disclosure: During the last visit, which was only one of the past seven times that I have stayed at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, I was provided a media discount rate during the weekend of BlogHer 2011. All opinions and comments are my own. I am sure that I will be returning to paradise sometime soon.
Photos (c) 2011 Amy Hutchison