Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

I grew up often coming to San Diego for vacation but always stayed on the ocean side.  Family friends of my folks would sometimes stay on the bay and I could never figure out why anyone would want to be staying on the bay when they could be next to the waves every minute!  Now that I’m older I can understand what the draw is for adults…quiet, calm, peaceful; and families…quieter, safer more gentle swimming for the children.

Yesterday I received a wonderful tour of the Paradise Point Resort and Spa, with Dana Flower, the marketing manager.  I ended up springing this on her and she was more than gracious and generous with her time.  I LOVE this place.  When I first got there I was driving around looking for parking and that led me through the various groupings of lodgings. I was struck by how private it all felt.  Here is this 44 acre resort with 462 Balinese influenced rooms (including 162 hotel suites) and yet, it felt cloistered, quiet, peaceful and so private.

In 1962, Jack Skirball, a  movie producer, was introduced to this land and decided to create a resort that would be a “set” that he didn’t have to take down after the movie was made.  He created this property to be a fantasy tropical island. He used various touches such as mementos from the movies he had produced and historic objects scattered around. It was originally called Vacation Village but has been Paradise Resort for over 50 years.   With Jack’s involvement that original resort was quite popular with the Hollywood set. Now it is a popular destination for families, adults, weddings, conferences and an entire company has even taken over the whole property before for it’s international meeting.

There are 5 dining venues from Baleen San Diego, fine dinner dining with one of the most beautiful views in outdoor dining in San Diego,; a Mexican cantina; the popular Barefoot Bar and Grill that was originally a bomb shelter and now shares space with  Cave Man Pizza, which delivers all throughout the property; a coffee and pastry counter and in room dining.  All rooms come with  a mini-fridge, and many of the rooms come with a microwave.

There are 4 wedding venues including a beautiful bay and beach venue surrounded by luscious tropical plants.  There is 32,000 sq. ft of inside meeting and wedding venue space and this includes a rare water view. It is one of the top 10 venues in size in San Diego.

There is enough to keep anyone as busy as they’d like to be.  You can walk around the entire bay on a 27 mile path; take the water taxi to the back door of Sea World and avoid parking and lines; practice your putting on the 18 hole mini golf course (no cutesy windmills here); buy a bon fire kit in the onsite market and cook up some s’mores; take the water taxi to the surf academy and learn to surf or walk a block and go to the ocean; rent a bicycle or surrey quadracycle; play on one of the 5 lighted tennis courts; shoot some hoops or play ping, pong, sand volleyball or croquet;  go to the kids or teens club; swim at one of the 5 pools or take in a summer dive in movie;  take a tour of the bay; stroll through the gardens;  work out at the fitness center or take a private class; or head over to the marina where you can rent a jet ski, sail boat with lessons, speed boat, paddle board, kayak, fish, or go water skiing or wake boarding. You can even dock your own boat here.

For those who would rather just relax, there is a 7050 sq. foot spa offering treatments influenced by Hawaii, Bali, Thailand, Fiji and the mainland. There are treatments for your toes to the top of your head and a salon and make up application to polish you off at the end.  There is a steam room and dry sauna and special private Jacuzzi you can rent out for your own little group.

I was very impressed with their dedication to sustainability, one of my passions.  They are part of the Destination earth program. Their irrigation system is set up to only come on when needed to conserve water and avoid run off into the bay.  They reuse their landscape debris and turn it into mulch.  In the bathrooms the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are in refillable bottles to avoid the waste of all those little plastic bottles normally used in other resorts and hotels. Green cleaning products are used by the housekeeping staff. They use electric carts onsite and electric cars and you can rent electric cars to drive to your destination and bring back or leave there to be picked up by the company who runs this program and even charge your electric car onsite.  They are partnered with the Surfrider foundation to protect beaches and waterways.

The rooms range in size from the standard room at 450 sq. ft to 3250 for the largest Presidential suite.  The standard rooms have a patio but no view. The Lanai rooms have either a garden or bay view. There are junior suites, bungalows and luxury suites. Also available are executive suites that have connecting rooms you can add to it to expand the lodging space. The standard room rate starts at $275. There is a $34 doorstep parking fee, and a $19 daily fee that includes internet, fitness center and recreational amenities. This is a pet friendly resort.

So come enjoy a stay here or come to one of the free summer concerts!  You will feel like you’ve left the country and arrived in a tropical paradise! For more information about the spa or to book a stay go to  http://www.paradisepoint.com/

This is the outside and inside of lobby and a very unique chair I had to try out!

Lobby Cool chair in lobby Inside lobby

This is the main pool next to the lagoon and the adult only pool. The pools are spread out so that each lodging group has an accessible pool.

TMain pool next to lagoon Adult only pool

This is the Baleen San Diego fine dining outdoor lounge, the cave man pizza and the Barefoot bar and grill with the Marina in the background.

Outdoor lounge of  fine dining area Cave man pizza Marina and bar and grill

This is the water view from the Conference center, the outside of the conference center and one of the wedding venues with the marina in the background.

Water view from conference center Conference Center Marina and wedding venue spot

This is the pedicure room, the spa entrance and a facial room.

Pedicure station in spa Entrance to spa Facial room

The first photo is the view toward Sea World, three shots of the mail lagoon and garden with one of the showing the observation deck you can climb (when it is renovated, and the tennis courts.

View toward Sea World Garden and lagoon walk Lagoon with observation tower in background Main lagoon Tennis courts

Here is a bay view from one of the bungalows, a garden view from a Lanai room, the inside of a Lanai room and the mini-kitchen in the bungalow.

View out bay view bungalow Garden view out of Lanai room Lanai room with garden view Mini kitchen in Bay Bungalow

Hope you have enjoying walking with me on the tour of this luscious Island Resort!

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