Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck showcases a fabulous, family-friendly travel hot spot every issue. This month, she’s bringing us to a quiet San Diego hot spot, ideal for a family getaway.
It’s a luxury island escape in the center of San Diego- away from the hustle, bustle and business of the area’s mainstream beaches. Kona Kai Resort and Spa is a total gem, giving your family a tranquil and enjoyable escape.
The California-contemporary hotel is located at the end of Shelter Island, situated alongside Point Loma and a quick drive to Ocean Beach. The resort’s location flaunts views of the marina and bay, sitting amidst a walking path lined with fishing boats. And across the street lies another path- this one bayside- with a fantastic kid’s playground.
Featuring newly renovated rooms, our family of 5 fit perfect in a Junior Suite. The suites feature private balconies, swoon-worthy views and plenty of space to relax. There’s a comfy pull-out sofa (for kids to slumber party), and a plush king bed. The cool, coastal flare will leave you feeling California-chill, plus many suites have a gas fireplace as a luxe amenity. It’s also a pup-friendly resort welcoming your four-legged friend.
While the hotel has a “beach”- it’s not what you’re thinking. It’s great for sand play and lounging, and there’s also fire pits for nighttime s’mores. Take your pick between a family-friendly or adults-only pool while sipping signature cocktails and enjoying nibbles from the bar menus. You can reserve a cabana or cruiser bike, as the resort is lined with an array of scenic paths.
If you want to venture out, the Cabrillo National Monument is a quick drive via Kona Kai, where you can explore tidepools. And if you’re craving some exercise, head to Torrey Pines State Beach… it’s about 30 minutes away and has one of San Diego’s most esteemed hikes- easy for kids- leading right to the beach. (Stunning!!) Should you want a dose of surf + sand, Ocean Beach (locally known as OB) is 10 minutes from the resort. It’s a “groovy meets vintage” area of SoCal packed with micro brews and famed burger joints.
Where to Eat
Kona Kai’s Vessel Restaurant is super swanky, featuring a 360° bar at its center and video wall showcasing local landscapes. The coastal fare incorporates local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a flavorful twist.
Another idea- venture to another fab area of SD: Little Italy, a short drive from the resort. There, you’ll find the most adorably lined and lively street of chic restaurants and outside dining options. My pick: Ironside Fish & Oyster, a unique seafood spot situated in a renovated warehouse with quirky, nautical design accents. The cocktail menu is literally a book showcasing the most delectable concoctions that will leave you feeling fabulously tipsy. The food is amazing- order oysters and octopus- in addition to indulging in a seafood tower (worth it!!). Makes an A-list date spot if you can manage escaping the kiddos.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com).