Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, the property, which is part of the exclusive Noble House Hotels & Resorts, offers an escape from the everyday. This tropical paradise comes complete with verdant palm trees, five swimming pools (three heated year-round), a gorgeous mile-long stretch of sandy beach, a full-service marina, five lighted tennis courts, and SpaTerre, the parent company's signature spa (see separate article for more details).
By nightfall, the place is aglow with Tiki Torches (think Jurassic Park), romantic waterfront dining is underway at BALEENsandiego, Paradise Point's critically acclaimed restaurant (see separate article for more details), and couples are dancing at the resort's Barefoot Bar & Grill.
Guestrooms are gorgeous. Of the 462 guestrooms on the property, 99 are suites with bay or garden views. Spacious, comfortable and beautifully appointed, you never have to leave the comforts of home behind. The rooms feature cascading showers complete with SpaTerre's own line of bath products, wet bars and patios designed for stargazing.
At press time, the resort was transformed into a winter wonderland sans snow. Four hundred thousand lights and a 50-foot high fir from the Northern Coast of Oregon set the holiday mood for the resort's seventh annual tree-lighting ceremony.
This year's festivities, which included caroling, candy canes and hot chocolate, and, even a visit from Santa Claus' took place on Saturday, November 25, 2006. In addition, members of the U.S. Marine Corps sang at the ceremony, since the resort serves as a drop-off location for U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program (see link toysfortots.org).
Geoff Young, Paradise Point's General Manager, commented: 'We enjoy hosting the event as a way to say thanks to the community. He added that the event is 'a tribute the resort's staff,' which worked 12-hour days for a full month and half to decorate the resort with holiday lights, poinsettias and adorn the tree with over 40,000 lights.
Many used the long holiday weekend to stage family reunions at the resort. Mother and daughter, Peggy and Noel Blair, who hail from Las Vegas, Nevada, met up with their cousin, Pamela Hobby, who lives in Montana. 'We were looking for a place close to Sea World' and where my daughter could take cool photographs,' said Peggy Blair, who found the property via the Internet. With its beautiful pools, great restaurants and spectacular scenery, they told this journalist that the property surpassed their expectations. When asked if they would come back, the trio replied, 'definitely.'
Young sums it up: 'The resort offers something for every member of the family.'
For more information, visit www.paradisepoint.com
Photos courtesy of Adam Brett Photography