If you want pampering and relaxation with unbelievable surroundings, this is the place to go. On the quiet end of Coronado island, a short ferry ride across the bay from mainland San Diego, the Marriott Island Resort sits peacefully at the shore. This four-star resort is secluded just enough to let you slip away into contentment, but is merely a 10 minute walk back into the promenade action if you want to get going.
For the perfect day: start with a fabulous breakfast in the Current Restaurant, kept bright and airy by floor-to-ceiling windows so you can see the pool, the bay, and the city beyond. Grab a muffin, fruit, and Starbucks coffee (they’ll give you a huge fresh cup to go, by the way!), hot items like scrambled eggs, toast, pancakes, cinnamon rolls…or have the chef make you a custom omelette. Once you’ve eaten your fill, relax in your room for a bit, then hit the free fitness center for a healthy workout on the cardio machines — or on the basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts.
When your workout is finished, slather on some tanning oil and hit the pool deck. Drool over the San Diego skyline, the bridge, and the yachts floating sleepily on sparkling blue bay water as you tan, amidst palm trees and a tiki-style bar. After soaking up the golden rays, slip back up to your room, don your thick fluffy complimentary bathrobe, and pad over to the spa facilities for free use of the relaxation lounge or dry sauna, or for a paid massage, facial, or nail appointment. Shower off and freshen up with the free amenities in the spa bathroom, then float back to the hotel, your body feeling like warm butter.
Sip an afternoon cocktail either at the poolside bar again or the more intimate indoor Tides Bar, then enjoy a delicious meal and a glass of wine from the extensive list back at Current as the sun dips below the horizon. To top off the perfect day, stroll along the boardwalk that runs in front of the hotel (and down past the promenade shops), enjoying the gentle lapping of the water on the rocky shore, and the dazzling lights of the city skyline across the bay. You’ll sleep like a baby in your giant, soft bed tonight – pampered, comfortable, well-fed, and thoroughly drunk on sunshine and ocean.
The next morning, the sunshine comes back for another day, streaming through your curtains and inviting you to rent a bicycle (at the spa facility) and see the island — or stay put and repeat yesterday’s luxuries all over again.
2000 Second St.
Coronado, CA 92118