We stayed in a waterfront bungalow at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa for a fun-filled weekend in San Diego’s Mission Bay.
San Diego is one of our favorite weekend getaways here in Southern California. It’s only about two hours away, and with each visit, we focus on a different neighborhood, which makes it feel like a new place. This time we hung out a bit north of the city, around La Jolla and Mission Bay. Our home away from home was a cute bungalow on the shores of Mission Bay, at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
The Paradise Point Resort & Spa is on a 44-acre island in the middle of the bay aptly named Vacation Isle. Once we drove over the bridge and onto the island, it felt like we were on a tropical getaway.
Paradise Point is a 4-star hotel with all the amenities, but none of the pretentiousness that can sometimes accompany luxury resorts. The vibe of this place is so fun. They somehow managed to create the perfect spot to kick back and relax whether you are there for a family vacation, a couple’s getaway, or a reunion with a few of your friends.
Our bright and airy one-bedroom bungalow was recently remodeled and right on the water. We loved having a living room and bedroom (it helps all of us get a full night of shut-eye when Hudson has a separate room to sleep), plus a little kitchen. Best of all, we were on the bay, so it was only a few steps until the sand was between our toes.
WATERFRONT DINING AT TIDAL
We started off our weekend with a sunset dinner at Tidal, the hotel restaurant serving Californian-inspired seafood & meat dishes. The food plus the waterfront location on Mission Bay is a total winning combo. We ordered the poke which came with taro chips (so good — I need to find out where I can get these), oysters, grouper, and scallops. All of it was incredibly fresh and perfectly cooked. They even had a separate kid’s menu. Hudson was thrilled that his mac n’ cheese came with a brownie sundae for dessert.
Next time, I’m coming for brunch so I can try the malasadas, one of my favorite hard-to-find Portuguese treats.
SWIMMING, BONFIRES AND MASSAGES
There were far too many things to do at the resort than we could possibly fit in a weekend, but we loved that there were lots of fun activities to enjoy. We started each morning off with a walk around the island, watching the seagulls and sandpipers peck around for food. We even saw the occasional heron, and a group of rowers glide by during their early morning practice.
With the resort’s tropical setting, it feels like a little island of endless summer. We dipped in the pool and spent some time soaking in the jacuzzi. We had a fire pit on the beach right outside of our bungalow, so we could warm up on the cooler nights around the bonfire and roast marshmallows for s’mores. Aaron and Hudson even played the mini 18-hole golf course while I snuck away for an incredible warming ginger chakra massage at The Spa.
While we could’ve stayed at the resort all weekend, we took advantage of its location to visit nearby spots. We soaked up the impressive views at Sunset Cliffs, enjoyed the crystal blue waters of La Jolla, and stopped for a burger at Hodad’s in Ocean Beach.
We loved our weekend at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa and can’t wait to come back! For the best rates, book your room directly on the hotel website here.
Thank you again to the Paradise Point Resort & Spa for hosting us during our stay in San Diego. As always, all opinions are my own.