The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of fun…for a certain demographic, that is (sorry kids). The impending arrival of September means one thing: it’s wedding season! Should the nuptials of others inspire a proposal, we’ve discovered a great place to say “Yes!” to the one question every gal (sometimes secretly) longs to hear. That would be Paradise Point Resort & Spa, a 44-acre oasis tucked away on gentle Mission Bay minutes away from the heart of San Diego, which was recently named one of the most romantic cities in America. Check out five reasons why this SoCal Shangri-la is the perfect place for an Angeleno to get engaged.
- An uber-private place to stay. At Paradise Point, you can be as secluded as you like. For the ultimate romantic weekend, book a bayside bungalow. These 650 square-foot cottages are steps away from Mission Bay (literally, the beach is right outside your door). Book a bungalow with bay views (garden views are also available, though not as exceptional—or romantic) and feature a king bed, living room, dining room (the perfect place to set a scene) and a kitchenette (perfect for storing your celebratory champagne). Even better, there are fit pits outside of each bayside bungalow and large patios—a great place to watch the fireworks display that occurs every evening at sunset through the late summertime at nearby SeaWorld. Grab a glass of bubbly, sit in front of the roaring fire, take in the fireworks and get ready for a truly enchanted evening.
2. A tandem massage session. Get ready to get romantic with the Couples in Harmony Package at Paradise Point’s secret garden-like spa. This $420 package will definitely relax any guy that’s nervous to pop the question, in addition to creating a sexy atmosphere thanks to side-by-side 50-minute Balinese massages, a private, 30-minute private whirlpool soak in the Garden of Paradise hot tub and a bottle of champagne. Pop and pop!
3. A sunset cruise. A private 90-minute cruise around Mission Bay in the resort’s Duffy boat is the ultimate way to propose. Food and beverage can be ordered in advance through one of the resort’s restaurants, so bring on aphrodisiacs like caviar, chocolate and chili peppers! For those that like to think outside the box, there are a plethora of Marina activities to choose from including: sailing; kayaking; paddleboarding; jet skis; fishing; speedboats; and wakeboarding. For those who simply like to lounge by the pool, well, keep in mind that there are five pools on-site, and one has a waterfall. Recreate a Blue Lagoon moment!
4. A sunset proposal. Paradise Point’s luxury eatery, Tidal, was recently named the best hotel restaurant in San Diego. The eatery offers a great selection of Mediterranean-inspired seafood courtesy of Chef Amy DiBiase, as well as craft cocktails, beer and wine.Set in what was a private beach house in the 60s, Tidal’s mid-century modern design draws from the era it was built by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball. A fire pit-dotted deck, a cozy lounge and an outdoor patio with heat lamps are all great places to watch the sunset, sip champagne and indulge in menu items such as olive oil poached halibut, oysters, chicken liver mousse, Venus clams (ooh la la), foie gras torchon, apricot-glazed pork cheeks and the wonderful fresh fish with squash and flowering herb butter that’s baked in paper and carefully cut in front of you. Tidal is uncomplicated, laid-back and as romantic as you want to make it. So what are you waiting for? Go with the flow…or should we say ‘ride the wave?’
5. Romance in Paradise: the whole package. There’s actually a pre-planned package available for the guy who wants to take the guesswork out of the proposal weekend preparation and take more time to focus on the proposal itself. The package included a beach bungalow and sunset dinner for two at Tidal.