Paradise Point Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Part of Mission Bay Aquatic Park, this 44-acre San Diego resort is next door to SeaWorld Adventure Park and within a mile of Mission Beach
- Endless fun for families with kids
- Beach with bonfire pits for oceanside lounging
- Fine eats at Tidal, named one of San Diego's hottest restaurants by Zagat
What To Know
- The property completed a $20 million renovation in 2010
- It takes a good stroll to get around this sprawling property
- Water Taxi to Sea World runs Memorial Day through Labor Day
- Parking is $35 per night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Spanning 44 acres over a private island in San Diego’s Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa is an enticing tropical world of beaches, lush gardens and Bali-inspired bungalows. Bridges arch over serene ponds shaded by palms, rooftops curve wave like above the treeline and walls of windows open to let the SoCal sunshine in.
Bed & Bath
The property, which has been around since 1962, got a face-lift in 2010 in the form of a $20 million renovation. Seattle-based designer Andrea Sheehan delivered Indonesian-inspired flair with teak furnishings, bold artwork, hide-print rugs and a tropical elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and gold in all 462 guestrooms and suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers a private, furnished patio with garden, lagoon or bay views.
With a 7,500-square-foot spa offering an over-the-top menu of treatments and an intimate restaurant serving fresh seafood, this resort is ideal for a romantic retreat. But it also has all of the ingredients for family fun, including five pools (four for kids, one just for adults), wakeboarding sessions and stand up paddleboard excursions. There’s also a fitness center, tennis and basketball courts and an 18-hole putting course.
In the Area
If you really want to, you can happily stay in-bounds for days here, but if you can pull yourself away, there’s lots to explore. First stop Sea World, of course — the resort has a water taxi that delivers you straight to the park. Old Town San Diego offers interesting history, great food and shopping. Mission Beach is alive with boardwalk buzz, beach bums and Belmont Park’s Giant Dipper roller coaster. When it’s time to bid the day farewell, you can’t do much better for views than Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma. A 20-minute drive north, La Jolla is a well-to-do, charming and romantic place to while away an afternoon. Leave the kiddies back on the island.
How to Get There
to make it short, I booked a family vacation of 5 rooms. I booked myself the expensive $700 night bungalow on the cove. The reason was, I wanted the beach for the family, as there was a fire pit and a great "on the water" view. They said fires were allowed and I would be right on the beach. Well I was on the beach, and there were fire pits, but what the resort fails to tell you is all the coastline beaches are " Public Beaches", not owned by the resort. So what happens, to my surprise, is that huge family gatherings of locals poor onto the beach early in the am and stake out all of the fire pits and set up tents and party till 5am, right in front of your beautiful Bay view. They also like to leave there chairs or sneak in at 11pm to put chairs, to stake the fire pit for the next night. It was horrible. If you go, Skip the water-view rooms and make sure u pay regular hotel rates for this place, as its not a resort or spa. I'm currently having Amex look into getting a refund.
Expectations play a huge role in any evaluation. Book a $99 single at the Notso Comfort Inn and you take what you get and keep your mouth shut. Book a $400 double queen bungalow Supreme Bayview at Mission Bay? Well your expectations
range a bit higher.
We travel a great deal, and frankly we could count on one hand the number of rooms, at whatever cost, that have been more modest. Two queens? Check. Distance between the out side of each and the room walls? Maybe one foot. As a matter of fact the beds occupied perhaps 60% of the floor space. The commode and bath were in a room so small that any person of size simply could not comfortably use the facilities. Reading chair? Well not exactly. There was a modest table in a closet like alcove slightly larger than the table, with a hard back chair, but if you wanted to read? Not so good...no lighting around. Wanted to read in bed? One table light between the two beds...no discretionary use of lighting possible.
Where to put your suitcase? The familiar fold out rack was tucked in a modest closet also filled with a chest...put the fold out anywhere near the foot of the two queens (your only viable choice) and you had a traffic hazard. A “best Western this wasn’t...no where near as roomy.
Now to add insult to injury.
I submerged my disappointment (and frankly anger because in addition to the high room rates were tacked on a resort fee and parking charge that added nearly another hundred dollars per night!) and headed to the main desk. A nice young man was very polite surveyed his computer at my request for a room change and said, “Sorry we are completely booked out—not a single room of any size available.”
I then went back to my room and did what I should have done before going to the desk...I checked the hotel website for my room type and found a lovely shot of a spacious attractive roomy Bayview room WHICH OF COURSE HAD IN COMMON WITH MY ROOM ONLY DOORS AMD WALLS. I then checked on availability, for this night, on the hotel website, and found rooms AVAILABLE that were a/ more spacious, b/ better furnished, and c/ cheaper! I lingered over my choices, looked at my 10 year old grandson who only wanted to be fed and take a swim, closed my laptop and said, “Let’s have a pizza and take a swim.” Course he wasn’t out $500 a night...verrrry disappointing but disappointment with a cheap room balanced by God’s gift of San Diego and Mission Bay. Next time we’ll stay at Best Western. No better accommodations of course, but no worse and at a fraction of the cost.
This is a nice location and comfortable rooms. Good pool area. However the $38 per night parking charge is outrageous and the resort food is poor and overpriced. Useful base to explore San Diego but many nicer places nearby to eat out.