Paradise Point Review Part II plus a GIVEAWAY!

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Last month my family took a little three night SoCalCation to the beautiful Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. This is Part II of our amazing experience at this incredibly family-friendly resort.

I am also VERY excited because because Paradise Point has so generously offered to give away a stay so one of you have the chance to win a SoCalCation too! Make sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see how to enter!

There was so much that we loved about staying at this resort it was hard to know where to start. To make it easier, I jotted down a list of our favorite things. When I did, it was obvious I needed to break the review into two posts. Here was the list…

* our beautiful room * the expansive lush grounds * the convenient location * the five pools *
* the tranquil bay * all the different activities available for kids and families

So welcome today to Part II and click here to read Part I about our amazing Bayside Bungalow Room, the expansive grounds and awesome location which were favorites # 1 – #3. Now I will continue with favorites #4 – #6…

[Photo credit: Paradise Point]

My five year old Emma learned to swim this summer and turned into a little fish. To go to a resort that had four different pools to explore was a dream for her!  Paradise Point actually has five pools, but one is reserved for adults only (smart for couples traveling without kids!)

The tropical Main Pool, located by the lobby, was the largest and had an expansive pool to swim and play. Best part about this pool was one area actually had a real sandy beach with a gradual wading entry. You could park right there on the “beach” in a chaise. My two-year-old LOVED the sandy beach at the pool!

The Main Pool also has a poolside Tropics Bar & Grill where my husband and I split the best steak tacos and Mommy enjoyed a little vacation margarita.

The other three pools were much smaller and tucked in between clusters of rooms. They were more quaint and quiet. One of the things my daughter loved was picking which pool she wanted to go to.

Paradise Point Tip:  If traveling with kids five and under, make sure to bring a stroller.  The pools are all walking distance, but some are sort of a trek after hours of swimming for little legs.

All the little pools also had the same wading entry, so my two year old could do this (see picture below.) I could sit in the wading area with her as she splashed around. She was in heaven!

Make sure to check out our room in my Part I post here because having a room right on the sand on the beautiful bay was one of the top highlights of the trip.

With two children under five, the tranquil bay with zero waves to play in was an absolute dream.  My husband and I could actually RELAX and just watch them, unlike when we take our littlest to the ocean and have to continually chase her to keep her from running into the waves.

We brought a bag of sand toys and they spent hours playing in the water. It was hard for me to get good picture of them on the sand because they were both so enthralled with their play!

Paradise Point Tip: Wait to bathe your kids until you are ready to place them SMACK into bed if staying in a room on the sand!

This is what happens when you attempt to take a bath after dinner but still allow them to cruise around.  It was impossible to keep them away from the water.  Here are my newly bathed girls in their pajamas.  But how can you say “no” on vacation?!

To make staying on the bay even better, Paradise Point has twelve fire pits scattered along the one mile stretch of sandy beach that surrounds the property.  You know what that means – s’mores! Yippee!

The Island Market on property sells s’mores kits and firewood, so they have all you need to make your own fire and roast away. It was the first time my girls had a s’more.  Think they liked them?

Paradise Point Tip #2:  Keep the marshmallows out of view from a two-year-old, otherwise, they will be the requested breakfast item the next morning. Marshmallow mommy!  Marshmallow mommy! Over and over again. And since it was vacation, guess what my girls had to accompany their cereal?  You guessed it, a marshmallow.

Our family loved that there was so much to do on this island that in four days we didn’t ever leave except once for breakfast.

We brought our girls scooters and bikes and they loved being able to ride around.   They also loved “playing golf” on the mini 18-hole putting green. Clubs and golf balls available at the Island Market.

Paradise Point also has tennis, basketball, horse shoes, croquet and  ping pong, which we didn’t personally experience, but we saw a lot of families enjoying through the course of our stay. These activities are included free of charge.

Near the Island Market there was a bike rental shop where you could rent surrey bikes, boogie boards, beach cruisers, etc. One morning we rented a surrey and cruised around the property.  It was fun to go around and see all the different beaches.  It also gave my oldest a chance to choose her pool of choice for the day after evaluating the choices.

And I haven’t even gotten to all the activities in the marina yet! Located off a pier adjacent to the Barefoot Bar & Grill, there is a rental shop for pretty much any water activity you could think of.

We saw a lot of families out on kayaks, paddle boards and jet skis.  There are also sailboat and speedboat rentals along with waterskiing and wakeboarding. Even year round surf lessons! You name it!

I love that this property had so much to offer our young children, but there is also a gazillion fun things to entertain older children as well. I think we are going to make Paradise Point a family tradition.  I love the thought of having a special vacation spot to return to each year.

I also learned that the property will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year on 10-11-12 and even more exciting renovations and anniversary plans are in store to celebrate. I can’t imagine this property actually getting better (but I am told it will!)

Thank you Paradise Point for your hospitality and for giving my family vacation memories we will never forget!

One lucky winner will receive a one-night stay in one of the Paradise Point Lanai Garden rooms! Prize will include taxes, complimentary Passport to Paradise (which includes free wifi, use of the fitness center, etc.) and a s’mores kit.

Fine print: Parking not included ($28 per car/night). And any food, beverage, spa treatments or any other fee-based activities are winner’s responsibility. Room is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. Prize expiration date 10/11/12.

HOW TO ENTER:

Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry option. Contest runs through Tuesday, 10/11/11 at 5pm PST. Winner will be selected at random and contacted via email so please leave your email address in the field (won’t be published.) Winner will have 48-hours to respond and claim prize before a new winner is selected.

1. Simply comment below and tell me what you think your family would love most about Paradise Point – 1 ENTRY

2. [Like] Paradise Point on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @ParadisePointSD on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

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5. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

6. Tweet: “Enter to win a stay at @ParadisePointSD now on @TinyOrangesOC! http://wp.me/p1MmcT-2g2” and comment with a link to your tweet. – 1 ENTRY

7. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges email updates – 1 ENTRY

GOOD LUCK!

[Disclosure: We received a portion of our stay complimentary and a portion with a discounted media rate.  This is not a compensated post and all the opinions are my honest ones.  We LOVED staying here and I think you will too!]

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Paradise Point Review Part I: A Family SoCalCation in Paradise

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My family and I went on a SoCalCation a couple weeks back to the beautiful Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego and had one of the most memorable vacations of our lives.

Having two young girls, ages two and five, the property could not have been a more perfect fit. My oldest enjoyed our vacation so much she was crying when we left because she didn’t want to leave paradise!

There was so much that we loved about staying at this resort that when I sat down to write this post it was hard to know where to start. To make it easier, I jotted down a list of our favorite things that I really want to highlight. When I did, it was obvious I will need to break this review into two posts! Here was the list…

* our beautiful room * the expansive lush grounds * the convenient location * the five pools *
* the tranquil bay * all the different activities available for kids and families

So I will start with the first three of my favorite things in Part I today, please look for Part II in a post coming soon!

[Photo: Paradise Point]

The room we had was one of the best parts of the trip. We stayed in a spacious, beautiful one-bedroom Bayside Bungalow situated in a beautiful, peaceful and wind-protected cove called Paradise Cove and our room was smack on the sand.

With little ones, to us,  having a comfortable and convenient room is super important, number one because my little one still takes an afternoon nap and number two because our kids go to bed relatively early so my husband and I enjoying hanging out in the room after they go to sleep.

The Bayside Bungalow could honestly not have worked out better!

When we saw the location and patio right on the beach it was love at first sight, and we hadn’t even walked in yet.

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We’re off to paradise…

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Paradise Point in San Diego that is!  And from the pictures above, it does look like paradise to me!

Our family vacation week has arrived!  Woo hoo! Every year we try to go somewhere for a few days with our family and this summer we are going to spend it at the beautiful (and I am told extremely family-friendly) Paradise Point Island Resort in San Diego and I can’t wait to share what fun is in store for us.

I love taking family “SoCalCations” to kid-friendly Southern California resorts that are an easy drive from Orange County. Because when you tell a 2 and 5- year- old we are going on vacation to a place with FIVE pools on the bay it takes “are we there yet?” to a new intensity. Therefore, being able to be at our destination in a little over an hour is just about the perfect amount of drive time.

Here is what I know about the property and why I am so excited to go with our kids!

* The property is tucked away on a  private 44-acre island on Mission Bay close to downtown San Diego and adjacent to Sea World. In fact, it is so close you can even take a water taxi from the resort to Sea World and enter in your own separate entrance. This was new for summer 2011. How cool is that?

* The rooms are California beach bungalow style amidst tropical gardens and lagoons. To me, this means lots of roaming space for little ones to run around!

* There are 5 pools including an adult pool. I adore the idea of different choices of water fun! One of the pools even has a sandy area for a beachy feel. These types of pools are perfect for my two-year-old.

Swim AND Sand! The hotel is surrounded by one mile of white sandy beach, so I love the option of heading to the pool in the morning and spending the afternoon on the bay letting the kids build sand castles.

Bonfires! The property has 12 bonfire pits on the beach and you know that that means…s‘mores on the beach at night!

Water sports & family fun activities! The marina has sailboats, speed boats, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis & more. They also have beach cruisers or surrey rentals so your family can cruise around and explore. On property you will also find croquet, ping pong, tennis and basketball courts.  No shortage of fun things to do on this island!

If you have time, you should read about the island’s long and fascinating history.  My parents told me they celebrated their 5th anniversary at this property back in the ’70’s when it was called Vacation Village. They got sentimental when I told them we were going to stay there.

Fast forward 30-something years later and I think it is so cool my family will be staying on this same magical little island. Although given the recent $20 million dollar renovation I am sure a lot has changed since the ’70’s!

To be continued…now I am off for some R & R with the family and I am thrilled to pieces!

[Disclosure: A portion of my stay will be provided complimentary and a portion will be provided at a discounted media rate. How fortunate are we?! All my words and opinions are my own and any post on Paradise Point is not compensated. Photos in main graphic above provided by Paradise Point.]

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