If you’re looking for a luxurious family getaway with relaxing private beaches and astounding views, then plan your stay at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. This stunning beachfront property along San Diego’s most breathtaking strip of land (Shelter Island) features incredible dining, newly renovated rooms and plenty of kid-friendly activities. The Kona Kai is definitely a must see when venturing to the West coast.
The views are breathtaking from every corner of the resort. You have Coronado Island and a naval base just across the water which means there’s always interesting things to see like jets, helicopters, and ships passing through. The resort is also next to one of the most beautiful marinas in all of San Diego. We were stunned at the miles of mega yachts docked nearby, many of them could only be imagined in our dreams.
Once inside the newly renovated hotel, the airy California-contemporary decor is styled with rich blues, neutrals and turquoise accents. We were quickly greeted at the front desk to check in and went over the fun family activities available that include family pool, fireside gourmet s’mores and sand castle building on the private beach, complimentary cruiser bikes for exploring, and various games like bean bag toss and giant Jenga spread all over this kid-friendly property. They also have paddleboard, kayak, pedal boat, and jet ski rentals if feeling like a water excursion, or for the health and wellness enthusiast, they offer indoor and outdoor fitness classes as well as pampering treatments at their elegant day spa and salon, SpaTerre.
We spent a fun-filled day at the pool overlooking the impressive marina and swoon-worthy Point Loma hillside view. Then after soaking in the warm sun, we cleaned up and enjoyed a delectable dinner at their waterfront Vessel Restaurant featuring California comfort cuisine. Following dinner, we explored the lush tropical gardens and posed for a pic on their massive Instagram-worthy beach chair. We ended the night cozied up near a firepit on the private beach to watch the sunset and the lavish homes on Point Loma all lit up and sparkling alongside the evening sky.
With the unimaginable year we’ve all been living in, I was struggling to decide whether or not a family vacation would be a good idea or not. The thought of airport guidelines and theme park restrictions (just to name a few) drove this mama a bit crazy. However, looking back I had absolutely zero reason to be worried and I’m so glad we went. With enhanced safety measures, it exceeded the needs of this worried mama. We had an unforgettable experience in San Diego and our stay at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa was absolute heaven. I can’t wait for our next fun-filled family adventure!
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Nearby Activities in San Diego
Located at the tip of Shelter Island right at the Pacific Ocean, just a few minutes away from the San Diego Airport, the Kona Kai Resort & Spa is a dreamy destination for families. Its close proximity to local attractions makes it a fabulous choice if you would like to explore San Diego.
USS Midway Museum
The sheer size of this aircraft carrier is mind blowing! Throw in cool interactive exhibits throughout the various decks, 29 restored aircrafts, and personal stories from the ex-military volunteers, and you’ve got an incredible experience the entire family will enjoy.
The Fish Market
Located next to the USS Midway Museum, this waterfront restaurant boasts an incredible seafood selection fresh from the sea to your table as well as spectacular views of San Diego Bay. Their salmon burger with bacon jam was delicious!
San Diego Street Art
Street art and amazing murals are all around town. We took a quick car ride through downtown one morning to spot a few of them and had a blast taking pics with these incredible backdrops!
Though rides, food and some activities were not open due to the virus, this was still such a fun experience! Some of our favorite activities were the entertaining sea lion and orca shows, the starfish and cleaner fish touch ponds, and of course the gift shops which support a great cause.
Hands down this was my favorite thing to do in San Diego because of the impressive architecture and gorgeous lush greenery throughout this massive park. (It’s bigger than Central Park!) It’s home to the zoo, museums, open city squares with fountains and vendors, outdoor theater, rose and cactus gardens, koi fish and turtle ponds, and so much more.
La Jolla Cove
With 70 miles of beautiful coastline in San Diego, this little cove in La Jolla is perhaps the most unique. We could have spent all day here admiring the gorgeous views, finding new wildlife amongst the gorgeous flowing and leafy plant life, and watching the sea lions and their cute pups playing and basking in the sun.
We loved our short visit to the ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station! It’s a former Navy Training Center that has been converted into parks, great eateries, shops and little attractions like the base’s former chapel and commander’s house. Breakfast Republic is an absolute must and worth the wait. Their outdoor dining space is great and the food was awesome. I’m still dreaming about their Jurassic Pork benedict.
Kansas City Barbeque
We stopped here for lunch shortly after arriving in San Diego and what a fun way to start our vacation. Even though the girls had no clue who Maverick is, the historic piano and other film memorabilia from Top Gun was pretty cool and the barbeque was finger licking good.
Old Town San Diego
If you’re craving some chile rellenos or guacamole, you must set some time aside to visit Old Town San Diego where you’ll find great food, history, and heritage. The atmosphere gives you a glimpse of what life was like in the mid-1800’s. We enjoyed touring the 1825 Casa de Estudillo, one of the finest adobe haciendas in the state, watching a blacksmith in action, and eating at Casa de Reyes.