Fall Fun at Hilton
Resort and Spa
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
here are many great sights and sounds that come to mind when thinking
about my recent escape to the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. There
are ocean breezes flowing through palm trees; a large, crystal blue
pool, sparkling in the sun; sprawling Tahitian-inspired grounds surrounded
by a sandy beach; and ducks yes ducks.
For some reason I keep thinking of these web-footed
quackers. Maybe its the soothing sounds their feathers made against
the water when they swam past our room. The sound was similar to a trickling
fountain and went very well with a glass of wine and the sunset on San
Diegos Mission Bay.
Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa is a recreational
paradise on 18 ocean-front acres
My fall getaway to the 357-room resort Hilton began
when a friend and I checked into a comfortable room overlooking Mission
Bay and a sandy beach, as well as an ocean-front bike and walk path,
and the resorts sports dock, where Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards,
small boats, bikes and surreys are rented.
The Hilton boasts a sports dock, with boats, kayaks,
paddle boards and bikes
The Southern Californian-styled room featured bright
and festive hues and came with a large flat screen TV, comfy king bed,
lounge chair, office area with Internet, and a big balcony. From the
balcony we could scan the beautiful bay, watching ducks and watercraft
drift past, and the sun set into the water.
When not in the room, we explored the rest of the four-diamond
property. Celebrating 50 years on Mission Bay the resort is a recreational
paradise on 18 acres. Just next to the 5 Freeway, just six miles from
the San Diego International Airport and 15 minutes from the Gaslamp
District and La Jolla, the resort and spa is also conveniently located
one mile from Sea World.
The Hilton is located close to all major San Diego
One of our favorite hotel spots was the pool area, where
we swam in the warm water and relaxed in a big cabana with soft recliners
and lunch from Fresco's Grille and Bar, the outdoor pool café,
which offers a full menu of grilled favorites, snacks and refreshing
Besides lounging at the pool, I liked walking on the
small wooden pier, working out at the fitness center or hitting tennis
balls on one of the resorts many championship courts. Next to the tennis
and gym is the hotels renowned full service Spa Brezza.
The resorts small wooden pier lets guests
walk out to the water
Signature indulgences at the spa include the popular
Island Fresh Scrub, with raw sugar exfoliation, coconut oil and a fresh
tropical scent and rinsed with an invigorating Vichy shower. The spa
also offers manicures and pedicures, including its popular Mojito Manicure/
Pedicure where guests may sink their hands or feet into a sugar rimmed
bath with floating lime slices and mint leaves.
For dinner at the hotel we experienced Acqua. Led by
award-winning Executive Chef Hermann Schaefer, Acqua serves fine steak
and seafood, unique cocktails, and more than 3,000 bottles of wine from
around the world. The design boasts a wrap-around patio, with fire pits,
and romantically overlooks the bay.
Acqua serves fine American fare, with unique seasonal
Our dinner began with griddle crab cakes on fire roasted
tomato pepper vinaigrette; a beet and goat cheese salad with roasted
nuts, frisee and white balsamic vinaigrette; and seared diver scallops
on pancetta, chanterelle mushrooms and truffle essence.
For the main course we devoured filet of North Atlantic
salmon on roasted fennel, thyme tomatoes, haricot vert and coriander-saffron
broth; and a big, juicy filet mignon with madagascan green pepper sauce,
potato trio and baby vegetables. We complemented a tropical rum cocktail
and a Bloody Mary.
Acqua is also known for exciting cocktails and wines
from around the globe
After dinner we took walk along the shore past crackling
fire pits and through a park located next to the resort.
With a host of activities, the Hilton San Diego
is fun for the whole family
The San Diego Hilton Resort and Spa also features a
gift store, coffee shop, a 9,600 sq-ft Garden Pavilion that can accommodate
groups up to 1,100, and a 9,600 sq-ft Ballroom, divisible into six separate
meeting rooms. The resort is located off the 5 Freeway, at 1775 East
Mission Bay Drive San Diego, 92109. For more information, current specials
and reservations, call (877) 313 -6645 or visit: www.sandiegohilton.com.
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