Resort & Spa
Story and Photographs by Greg Aragon
o some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit bay. To others it's
a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage in a tropical
setting. To me it's all of the above and this is why I love a retreat
such as Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San
Diego's majestic Mission Bay.
Covering 44 acres, the resort is a tropical rain forest-like
oasis, boasting an award-winning seafood restaurant, a full-service
spa and 430 guestrooms, set in classic Californian-styled bungalows
with individual parking spaces and lots of privacy.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a tropical rain
The bungalow that my friend and I stayed in sits on
a grassy bluff, overlooking romantic Paradise Cove, about 30 yards from
the water and close enough to hear passing boat sails flap in the wind
while lying in bed.
The room is highlighted by modern décor, with
king size bed, sofa bed, office desk with wireless internet, push button
fire place, large Jacuzzi tub, and a 20-ft wall of glass, looking over
the water and a lanai, with table and chairs. Near the lanai we had
our own fire pit in the sand, which comes with the room.
Some of the bungalow rooms at Paradise Point sit
on beautiful Mission Bay
When not relaxing on the lanai we explored the resort.
Our first discoverys was the waterfront Barefoot Bar and Grill,
where we enjoyed a lunch of crispy calamari and a delicious Barefoot
Burger. After lunch, we walked along the resort's mile-long, white sand
beach, watching sailboats and kayakers drift past. We then went swimming
in the main pool, which also features a sandy beach.
My next adventure took me to The Spa at Paradise Point's,
which was recently voted a top 100 U.S. resort spa by Condé Nast
Traveler. Located beneath a canopy of floppy trees, the sanctuary offers
exotic rituals from islands around the world with a local San Diego
For my treatment, I indulged in the Spa's unique new
Island Origins, an incredible, two-hour revitalization of
body and soul. This soothing journey begins with a guided botanical
tour of the resort's tropical grounds grounds that hold hundreds of
types of exotic foliage from more than 20 countries around the world.
During the walk, my expert massage therapist/guide pointed out many
different types of plants and told me of their natural therapeutic properties
and how they are used in products like oils and exfoliates.
The Spa at Paradise Point offers exotic rituals
from islands around the world
After the tour, I laid down in a treatment room and
experienced a wonderful 50-minute massage, foot scrub, and scalp treatment,
which utilized four of the islands most powerful plants
ginger, hibiscus, tea tree and eucalyptus in their end form.
The 7,050-sq-ft spa also features 8 treatment rooms,
including a couples bungalow, a private garden courtyard and whirlpool,
fitness studio, and a 900-sq-ft salon for manicure and pedicure services.
For dinner we strolled along the sand to the resorts
elegant Baleen Restaurant, hidden behind swaying palm trees and tiki
torches. Baleen's menu is an artful blend of San Diego seafood and land
cuisine infused with regional flavor. Add to this an extensive list
of fine wines and you have a great dining experience.
The resort's Baleen Restaurant serves artful blend
of seafood and land cuisine
Our meal began on the patio, with a half-dozen fresh
oysters, with mignonette, cocktail sauce and lemon; and roasted diver
scallops on a wooden plank, with crushed marble potato salad, grapefruit
and caviar butter.
For the main course I dove into Baleen Seafood Cioppino.
Packed with tender local fish, shrimp, clams and mussells, roasted red
pepper broth and harissa aioli, this Cioppino rates with the best I've
ever had. My friend went with the Northern Halibut, with soft polenta,
savoy spinach, cherry tomato, pickled red onion and basil pistou. While
dining, we sipped California wine and watched boats sail by and lights
twinkle off the bay.
Back at our bungalow, we opened a bottle of wine, threw
some wood in the fire pit on the beach in front of our room and roasted
s'mores on beneath the moonlight.
Other resort amenities include a fitness center, five
tennis courts, NBA basketball court, five swimming pools, bicycle rentals,
35,000 sq-ft of meeting and event space, a fully-stocked mini-market,
and an 18-hole putting golf course. The place even has its own private,
full-service marina, with sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, kayaking
and stand-up paddleboarding.
Paradise Point offers numerous water activities
such as paddleboarding
Paradise Point Resort and Spa is located at 1404 Vacation
Rd., San Diego. For more info and reservations, call (858) 274-4630
or visit www.paradisepoint.com.
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