Paradise Point Resort & Spa - San Diego, California - San Diego's Tropical Island Resort

Nestled on a lush 44-acre isle facing Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa is a luxury resort with tropical island flair. Blue skies, sandy beaches, swaying palms and gardens of flowers make this a preferred destination for local vacationers and out-of-town visitors alike, an oasis inspired by images of the South Pacific.

The resort's 462 bungalow-style guest rooms are all single level, including 99 suites that feature garden, lagoon or bayside views and their own private patio lanais. All of the units have been recently redesigned with Balinese dycor, using a palette of turquoise, coral, celery and gold. Adding to the tropical getaway atmosphere are such exotic touches as leopard-pattern rugs, furnishings made of teak, mahogany and kapur, and Javanese Batik-style bed throws.

Bathrooms are spacious, with marble or granite countertops, black porcelain tile floors, and cascading showers. Bath amenities by Spa Terre come standard. The open and airy living areas have flat-screen plasma televisions, wireless Internet access, and dual-line telephones with data ports. Luxury suites come with a dining room table, a wet bar, a king bed, and a queen sleeper-sofa. All rooms are equipped with a hair dryer, iron and ironing board and an alarm/clock radio.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa's Presidential Complex is closest to the water and offers an unimpeded view of Mission Bay. With four separate rooms - kitchen, dining, living and bed - plus a fireplace and a bath and a half, this luxurious suite covers 3,250 square feet. It comes with a full array of kitchen appliances, too: stove top, microwave, and refrigerator.

BALEENsandiego is the resort's signature restaurant. Overlooking Mission Bay, it specializes in seafood and al fresco dining. Popular menu items include the Grilled Kobe Style Burger and Wood-Roasted Chicken Quesadilla, as well as the local catch of the day. Dinner is served from 5pm until 10pm on Friday and Saturday and till 9pm on Tuesday through Thursday.

Another dining option at Paradise Point is the Barefoot Bar & Grill with its Angus Beef Sliders, Los Cabos Fish Tacos, Seared Ahi Salad, and more. Breakfast is available from 7am to 11am daily, with the lunch and dinner menus offered from 11am to 10pm. Cocktails, salads, sandwiches, and sweets are also served at Tropics, the snack bar beside the resort's main pool.

The "spa'' part of the resort's name refers to SpaTerre, a full-service wellness center offering Thai and Javanese-style massages, body treatments and facials. It also contains a full-service hair and nail salon as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center for guest use.

Meeting planners can make use of the newly opened conference center at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Groups of up to 1,000 people can be accommodated in the 32,000-square-foot convention facilities, which include a grand ballroom along with 29 smaller gathering places. Weddings and receptions are a resort specialty.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa is located at 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, California 92109. From San Diego International Airport, get on North Harbor Drive to Laurel Street, and then follow the signs to Interstate 5 North. Take I-5 to the exit at Interstate 8 West. Follow Interstate 8 West to the Sports Arena/West Mission Bay Drive exit and turn right at the traffic light on Ingraham Street. Continue on Ingraham Street to West Vacation Road at the second traffic light, and then turn into the hotel main entrance on the left.

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