Charles S. Peck, president and chief operating officer for Destination Hotels & Resorts, today announced the company will manage Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The 462-room resort, owned by LaSalle Hotel Properties, is located on a 44-acre island on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego.
“We’re excited to add another unique property in the San Diego area to the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection,” said Peck. “We’ve been serving business and leisure customers in San Diego since 1992 including the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and the $26 million total renovation of L’Auberge Del Mar that was completed in 2008. Paradise Point is an irreplaceable beachfront property with tremendous appeal to both the leisure and meeting segments which adds to the diversity of what our customers have experienced with us in this special part of Southern California.”
With the three San Diego properties, Destination’s presence in Southern California continues to grow as the company also manages Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, which opened in 2009, and Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells.
“We’re excited to have Destination Hotels & Resorts manage the Paradise Point Resort & Spa,” said Michael D. Barnello, president and chief executive officer of LaSalle Hotel Properties. “Their ability as a proven operator of independent upscale resorts, coupled with their expertise in the group and leisure markets will add great value to this unique resort. We look forward to working with their team to bring this resort to even greater prominence in its market in the years to come. ”
Paradise Point’s convenient, beachfront location provides travelers’ with easy access to all of San Diego’s attractions. The resort is adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park and a short drive to Balboa Park where the world-famous San Diego Zoo is located. The hotel’s proximity to these attractions and its family-friendly amenities caught the attention of the editor’s at Forbes.com who designated the resort one of the “Top Ten Family Resorts in the World.”
Paradise Point, which recently completed a $20 million renovation, features comfortable, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. The resort’s location offers guests one of the best settings for indoor and outdoor dining, offering spectacular views of Mission Bay. And Indonesian-themed spa transports guests into a pampered retreat with custom-designed spa services and rituals. Additional guest amenities include five swimming pools, five hard-surface tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an 18-hole putting course, a full-service marina, bicycle rentals, lawn croquet and a 1.3-mile jogging course.
The property’s central location and proximity to San Diego International Airport makes it a great escape for business travelers, as well as group and meeting attendees. Paradise Point’s 29 meeting and banquet rooms offer more than 32,000 square feet of indoor event space for group and social activities which are complimented by an additional 30,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space. Spacious meeting rooms overlook Mission Bay and provide a unique setting for both day and evening events.
The resort first opened in 1962 with 150 guestrooms and has gone through a number of enhancements and expansions over the years. Its rich history dates back to 1902 when a city commissioner had a vision for creating an aquatic park, which is now Mission Bay. The master plan was approved in 1958 and included 30 miles of shoreline beaches, grassy knolls, areas for sailing, swimming, boating, SeaWorld and Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
The original resort, which opened as Vacation Village in 1962, was the vision of producer Jack Skirball who saw the potential to create a destination for both vacationers and Hollywood productions. Skirball envisioned a fantasy-island setting that would feature family vacationers as the cast. Today, guests can still see remnants of the property’s Hollywood heyday such as the porpoise fountain from the movie Cleopatra that Skirball produced.