You may have driven past Paradise Point on your way to Pacific Beach. It appears like an exclusive club from the distance, a hotel for tourists, and business travelers, but as I discovered it's worth exploring this resort and spa located on Mission Bay, and uncovering it's many treasures. As you drive through the hotel entrance, instantly you discover it's tropical vibe. Your eyes are stimulated by lush vegetation that surrounds you, forty-four acres of palms, bromeliads, ginger and macadamia nut trees. A one-mile beach encircles the island filled with tropical gardens.
Paradise Point started out as a getaway for Hollywood executives and their families when film producer Jack Skirball created this fantasy island setting in 1962 and called it Vacation Village. Skirball built bungalows on Mission Bay with a Hawaiian inspired landscape. Fast forward to present day 2018, and Paradise Point still maintains forty-four acres just five minutes from Downtown, and all the attributes of a Hawaiian island. It even features a lagoon and ponds, with ducks, fish, eels, and leopard sharks my sons personal favorite!
History is still large at Paradise Point, there are eight El Camino Real Mission Bells (which once marked El Camino Real trail), and a dolphin fountain from the film Cleopatra is on the grounds. The Barefoot Bar and Grill was once a bomb shelter. I dropped in The Barefoot Bar and Grill with my family, and we sampled tasty dishes like the Spicy Shrimp Bowl with parmesan quinoa, garlicky kale, and fire roasted tomatoes. Another favorite was the Halibut over Thai Noodles. It was comforting to know we were enjoying our meal in the safety of a bomb shelter. The restaurant also has ample outdoor seating facing Mission Bay, and it's just one of five restaurants located in the resort.
Paradise Point Underwent a 24 Million Dollar Renovation and Has a Fresh New Look!
When you stay in a bungalow at Paradise Point, you feel like you have your own piece of paradise. The resorts 462 bungalows have been fully renovated by the interior design firm Perkins and Will. Each bungalow boasts a California coastal decor with whitewashed headboards, rope tables, jute chairs, and new porcelain tile floors. Nautical colors were chosen for the rooms that have hues of navy, tangerine, and lime. Kitchenettes are in each bungalow with refrigerators and stainless steel sinks. The bathrooms have walk-in showers, two apothecary sinks, and Italian rustic design tiles. Couch potatoes will love the two 60 inch smart flat screen televisions in each room. Our bungalow faced beautiful Mission Bay with a private patio, fire pit, and lounge chairs. There are fourteen fire pits throughout the resort perfect for roasting marshmallows and making smores. Paradise Point is family centric, and since it is located on the Bay, you feel comfortable as a parent letting your child enjoy some freedom playing on the beach without the worry of the ocean waves. As we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast on our patio, a group of mallard ducks walked by us much to the delight of my son.
As the sun rose we rented some kayaks at the resort and paddled along scenic Mission Bay. There are an array of activities on-site including bike rides along the one-mile island, paddle boarding, surf lessons on the bay, golf and tennis. There's really no need to ever leave the hotel with five swimming pools, fitness center, spa, and a variety of restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. Basically, Paradise Point is a vacation destination for locals as well as tourists. It is the ultimate getaway without schlepping your luggage to the airport. You can find rest and relaxation within your zip code, and still feel like you're away from it all.
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