My fiance surpride me for Fathers day with a getaway to San Diego for last weekend. She booked us into the Bahia Resort. I have nothing to complain about and I need to compliment almost everyone and everything. We had plans on staying at the resort (sleeping) and spending alot of time exploring San Diego. What we didnt expect was that we would spend the majority of our time at the resort. When we checked in we were greeted by Kaylana who was so nice and explained everything about the resort to us including telling us about a boat ride and a show on the beach. Our room wasnt ready so we walked around the resort and there was so much going on. We saw the "show" on the beach they were talking about being set up and the "boat" in the distance. We went into there gift shop and were greeted by a man named Michael who we later found out knew a bunch about San Diego and was one of the Managers. He acted like he knew us and started talking about San Diego, things to do, asked us what we wanted to do, pulled out a map and gave us suggestions. The whole time he and a girl in the store were busy helping people but he kept coming back to us like we were the only people that mattered. He told us about the show on the beach which turned out to be their annual Brazilain Carnaval that they do each summer. He explained that by the time we got into our room and got ready to go out and then go to dinner it would be late and we would probably spend $100 on dinner. Our tickets to Carnaval for both of us which included 3 hours of music, amazing food ( the chimichurri sauce was so good) and then a Brazilian Carnaval show on the beach were less than $100. We bought the tickets and got a text that our room was ready. My fiance was looking at a dress, and Michael set her up in a fitting room and brought her a few others. I was looking at some flip flops. Within 30 minutes of being at the resort we had made two new friends, plans for dinner and a show, my wife had a new dress and I had new flip flops.
Our room was on what they call the Easy Bay. It over looks a public beach. If you walk out the patio and cross the street your on the beach and can access public fire rings etc. They also have a Private Beach which is where the Show was that night. The room was great, big, queen bed, private patio. It was a bit dark but we didnt care because it was really private. Plus we saw the Sea World Fireworks from our room on Saturday Night.
The Carnaval show, it shard to explain. Think a Luau but Brazil. Its a huge stage setup on the beach with whote table cloth tables and yo sit with other people. We were greeted with cocktails and hot girls in Brazilain costumes. We sat and chatted with a lot of hotel guests. There were probaly a few hundred people that night and every employee was smiling and having such a good time. It reminded me of Mexico when we go to resorts and all the employees at every resort in Mexico work so hard to make the hotel guest have a good time. It was like that here. No one, and I mean no one had a bad atttitude. We got to know our cocktail waitress well, she kept the drinks coming. About 30 minutes after arriving they start letting people get up and get in line. All the food was a Brazilian type of foot, Fish, Chicken but the Pork Stew and the Churrasco Beef were my favorite. My girlfriend loved the calamari salad.
The show started about 7:45 so we had plenty of time to mingle, eat and drink. The show was about 1 1/2 hours of singing dancing and everything youd expect from a Brazilian Carnaval. During the dinner the Gift Shop Manager came over to check up on us and asked how we were doing. He told us to find him during our stay if we needed any advice on anything else to do. We really felt like we were at someones house and we were guests, thats how friendly everyone was.
Friday, frankly we were hung over. We slept in late and had breakfast in their Cafe restaurant. They have a huge Breakfast buffet but we wanted to go explore San Diego so we just ate off the menu. The Cafe is really small, but the patio attached is really big so we sat outside and ate, which was great because we discovere dthey shlter and home Harbor Seals that cannot be released back into the wild. We saw the seal they currently have being fed and she looked fat and happy. We also found out by the person feeding her that she was blind.
We went down to the Embarcadero and checked out the Midway and wlaked along the harbor and had lunch at Anthonys FIsh Grotto. Michael had told us that it was a legend in San Diego and it had been around forever and he was right. You could feel how old it was but he was also right that thye have the best Clam Chowder. We had planned to go back to the hotel and go out downtown but we made the mistake of going backinto the gift shop when we got back, (Ha ha it wasnt a mistake). Michael was there and said "Marc, Debbie, how was the show?" We told him all about it and he asked us if we were going to go on the Bahia Belle that night. That was the boat. Its a huge Sternwheeler that takes people and hotel guests for free across the Bay everynight to another hotel that is part of the Bahia. He suggested since it is complimentary we take that instead of driving downtown. He said take the boat across to the hotel, get off, wlak around and have dinner. You can have some cocktails too, not drive and then catch the boat back when we were done to get back to the Resort. He suggested a Restaurant at the Tower 23 Hotel in walking distance from the boat. The boat ride was fun, it was packed, there was music and you can buy cocktails on board. What hotel has this. It was so fun. In fact everyone was having fun, even the employeesn the boat. We had dinner (it was pricey but good and over looked the water) and came back to the resort later on that night. The boat was hopping and they had a band playing on board when we got back.
We hung out by the pool Saturday and and it was busy. There was a wedding going on at the resort I think and lots of families and kids but the pool is big, there were plenty of places to lay and sit, they have a place to get towels and music was playing AND they have a pool Bar!
We knew we wanted to go get dinner on Saturday night but really wanted to go explore downtown but not spend a lot of money. On a whim we went back into the gift shop to see if Michael was there and he was. We told him what we were looking for and he suggested to go to Little Italy which borders downtown, but he said it was an inexpensive italian restaurant that was a San Diego favorite called Fillippis. He said youd eat alot and then have full bellies to go drinking, and he was right. Everything he said was right. We did need to go early and we did wait in line and you do go through the Italian grocery store to get to the restaurant. But the Meatballs really are the size of baseballs and the smell of sauce permeates the restaurant. We ate a huge meal for about 1/3 of what we paid the night before so we had some extra money to just go have fun with downtowin in the gaslight district.
We got back late and had to be up early and dint get a chance to say good bye to anyone. But when we did get back we had a brief conversation with a security guard making his rounds named Sam who was so nice and wanted to know how we were doing, if we were enjoying our stay and if we needed anything.
You know when you travel you hope for the best and expect the worst. In this case we hoped for the best and recieved even more. We honestly cannot wait to get back and see everyone. Kaylana, Sam, our cocktail waitress (we forgot her name) and the gift shop manager Michael. This was the best Fathers Day gift I've ever gotten.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bahia Resort Hotel is a welcoming waterfront property located on a 14-acre picturesque peninsula in San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay. Featuring spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and lush tropical gardens as well as friendly service and comfortable accommodations, Bahia Resort Hotel is the ideal destination for an authentic Southern California beach getaway. Impressive accommodations are key at the Bahia; guests may choose between our deluxe studios and suites, each with its own balcony or patio and a full range of amenities. Further room options include kitchenettes, direct access to the beach and views of the sparkling bay and our expansive tropical gardens. At Bahia Resort Hotel we ensure you receive all the comforts and amenities needed to enjoy your vacation. Staying at the Bahia grants guests easy access to an array of dining options, including our signature restaurant Cafe Bahia, which offer international cuisine served amid this indoor-outdoor tropical paradise. At our Moroccan-inspired Tangier Lounge, guests enjoy crafty drinks alongside a crackling fireplace and live piano bar. Beyond the Bahia, seemingly countless options offering an array of culinary experiences are just minutes away. For those seeking to spend their vacation on the water, Bahia Resort Hotel boasts an assortment of options. Headlining these choices is the Bahia Belle, an 1860s-era sternwheeler that tours guests around the bay nightly. Step back in time and enjoy a colorful sunset and views of the bay’s playful seals from the top deck, then prepare to kick up your heels as the vessel becomes a vibrant nightlife destination with live entertainment and a full-service bar. Additional nearby water activities include sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing and more though nobody will blame you for simply relaxing on our soft sand beaches or at our sparkling pool. Back on land, the Bahia boasts a fitness center, kids’ arcade, tennis courts and bicycle and Segway rentals. Within walking distance guests can also explore Belmont Park, an oceanfront amusement park featuring the Great Dipper, a wooden roller coaster and designated historic landmark built in 1925. Take in the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean during a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, go rock climbing, or play miniature golf in this popular beachfront locale. Traveling further afield is a breeze, as the Bahia’s location is ideal for those seeking to experience San Diego’s major attractions. The Bahia Resort Hotel is located directly across from SeaWorld and is within 10 miles from the world famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Downtown’s Gaslamp District and the San Diego International Airport. The Bahia Resort Hotel is owned and operated by Evans Hotels, a San Diego-based hospitality group that also includes the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Bahia is a reflection of all that “America’s Finest City” has to offer ‒ from year-round perfect weather and soft sandy beaches to dazzling Pacific Ocean sunsets ‒ and we look forward to helping you create your picture perfect Southern California getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Hotel San Diego
- Bahia Resort San Diego