A Spectacular Summer Stay-cation Destination for Family Fun
The world has changed over the past few months. I’m sure, if you’re like me and most of my mom friends, you’ve already had to adjust, reschedule or even cancel some of your family’s much-anticipated travel plans during these unprecedented times of shelter-in-place, and safer-at-home.
Before we know it school will be back in session and our family didn’t want to let the entire summer fly by without some semblance of a “vacation.” We had our reservations about traveling too far away, but were definitely looking for a change of scenery. So when things started opening back up, we made a beeline for family fun at the Balboa Bay Resort in nearby Newport Beach.
The resort features newly appointed guest rooms and suites, fresh, modern, contemporary furnishings and amenity-rich luxury including a full-service spa complete with nine treatment rooms and a premier blow-dry bar for moms who want a little extra pampering. The 24-hour fitness center and array of fun and energizing outdoor endeavors are designed to keep every member of the pack happily occupied. From the perfect pool day (think lounge chairs, daybeds, private cabanas and Pool Bar for drinks and lunch) to on-property recreation rentals including electric Duffy boats, kayaks, paddle boards and bikes, our family was able to create our own customized experience that combined the best of both - relaxation and recreation.
Upon arrival, we stocked up on snacks and beverages at Blend Cafe and boarded a Duffy boat for a meandering self-guided tour of the picturesque waterways of Newport Harbor. Dinner at the resort’s seafood-focused waterfront restaurant A&O Kitchen+Bar showcased expertly crafted cocktails, local brews and shareable plates for even the most discriminating palate (by that I mean there is something on the menu for every member of our family, including finicky eaters). I opted for a flavorful tuna poke, my husband went with a grilled-to-perfection signature burger made from grass-fed beef, caramelized onion and white cheddar on brioche and the kids both cleaned their plates of fish and chips before diving into a sweet treat of peanut butter s’mores for dessert.
Grab a gourmet coffee at Blend Cafe to start your day, paddle board the afternoon away, and come back home for a relaxing waterfront dinner at A&O Kitchen+Bar (casual indoor and outdoor seating, including fire pits and live weekend entertainment). The Resort is implementing safety measures, and offering a flexible cancellation policy (stays through September 30th can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance), in accordance with CDC guidelines, to ensure its guests are brought the highest level of service, no matter the changing landscape.
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Hwy.