Bonfire of the Families: S’more Fun for Guests at Paradise Point Resort and Spa – Review

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This review of Paradise Point Resort and Spa is a Guest Post by K. Pearson Brown

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The Star Treatment

Hollywood director Jack Skirball conceived of Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay in 1962, bestowing all those amenities on the resort that appeal to Tinsel-Town VIPs, such as movie-set gorgeous landscapes, the welcome solitude of a private island where VIPs can escape their public and world-class amenities worthy of a celebrity getaway.  Yet this four-star rated resort in San Diego is accessible to everyone, especially families.

Beach Bali

Celebrating its 50 year anniversary and looking as fresh as a starlet back from rehab thanks to a $20 million renovation in 2010, the resort features 462 beautifully appointed bungalows and suites.  The beach front bungalow we occupied was modernly outfitted with contemporary furnishings and amenities, including wet bar, granite bathrooms, luxurious designer bed linens, plasma TVs, wi-fi and a comfy family room with a leopard patterned rug and padded leather lounge, perfect for reading that paperback you’ve longed to finish.

The upscale and sophisticated décor belies the fact that the resort is made-to-order for kids. Just outside our door was a patio lanai where I could relax and watch my four-year-old play in the sand a few feet away.  We could walk everywhere on the property, or hitch a ride with the friendly attendants cruising the resort in golf carts.  We rented bikes, with my son pedaling behind me on a tandem-like trailer, to explore the 44-acres grounds and sites, including a lookout tower with 360-degree views of the resort’s lush tropical gardens and its one-mile expanse of beach.

Paradise for Kids

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Called one of the “Top Ten Family Resorts in the World” by, the resort answers the needs of families with such amenities as Paradise Point Island Adventure Club, a day camp offered during peak season which includes arts and crafts, treasure hints, seaside frolic, nature walks and other activities.  The whole family can enjoy “Dive-In” Movie Nights where guests watch films poolside or on floats.  Ask any kid though and they will tell you the coolest thing about Paradise Point is building a bonfire at night in one of the fire pits along the beach and roasting s’mores.  Don’t worry if you forget your supplies, as the Island Market sells s’more kits complete with sticks and bundles of logs.

Families can partake in abundance of exciting activities without leaving the island, such as swimming in the five pools, mini-golf, sailing lessons, court sports, jet skiing or kayaking, one of the most popular attractions of the resort is its proximity to SeaWorld Adventure Park, just a five-minute drive, or guests can take Paradise Point’s own water taxi service to SeaWorld, bypassing the entrance lines and parking fees while touring beautiful Mission Bay en route.

Wet and Wonderful SeaWorld

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My preschooler loved his first trip to SeaWorld Adventure Park, especially the rides.  He could barely sit through the entertaining Sea Lions Live, and after a few minutes watching the famed killer whale Shamu swim in his aquarium, my son tugged on my arm pleading to go to the rides.  I was leery about getting wet on the water boat rides, I was assured by those in line for Journey to Atlantis that as long as we avoided the front boat that we would not get soaked, unlike Shipwreck Rapids which was sure to be a bath.  We rode a half dozen times, daring to ride in the front boat at last, which sure enough left us soaking wet.   Luckily I was a prepared with extra clothes and shoes in my backpack.

Save Room for Dessert

Three distinct options are offered at the eateries at Paradise Point.  Barefoot Bar and Grill serves farm-fresh casual fare in an indoor or outdoor setting with spectacular views of the marina and bay, wonderful for a lazy morning of reading the newspaper, enjoying the early sun and watching the sail boats drift past.  Tropics Bar and Grill at the main pool also offers salads, sandwiches and snacks along with a variety of refreshing drinks.

Family friendly fine-dining restaurant Baleen serves creative dishes of seafood and land cuisine.  Entrees include a delicious Matcha Crusted White Sea Bass served with mascarpone polenta, wild mushrooms, sweet pea, tendrils, blistered tomatoes, cauliflower soup, chive oil and a micro salad, and a divine Angus Filet Mignon with Point Reyes blue cheese chive butter, truffled potato puree, asparagus and Cabernet sauce.  My son opted for chicken quesadilla from his choices of sophisticated kid-size dishes, such as petit filet, soy-orange black tiger shrimp with pasta, or grilled wagyu burger, all made better with a side of Truffle Parmesan Fries, served in a stylish tall spiral basket deserved of the delicacy.  For dessert, the treats on the menu looked fabulous, but for my son nothing could compete with s’mores we made later under the stars on the beach.

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This article was written by K. Pearson Brown, who owns the content in its entirely, all rights reserved.  The author is not paid for her reviews or opinions, though she does accept sponsored travel in exchange for consideration in her reviews.  

K. Pearson Brown is a public relations executive, mom blogger, columnist and writer living in Los Angeles.  She is a contributor to L.A. Family, L.A. Parent, Expecting, OutTraveler, SheWired, Westside Today other Southern California and national outlets, and she can also be heard as a commentator on the top-rated NPR radio station KPCC-FM in Los Angeles.  You can follow her on her blog at and contact her at



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