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Lose yourself in this lush 44-acre retreat, a Mission Bay mainstay across the street from SeaWorld. Modern beach bungalows with Balinese accents and private patios— many with bay views—are nestled among tropical gardens with duck-dotted lagoons, fountains, and gazebos. The family friendly destination features five pools plus a mile of beach access with bonfire pits and a private marina with boat, jet ski, and kayak rentals; there’s also an excellent island-themed, 7,000-square-foot day spa. In April of 2014 chef Amy DiBiase launched a new waterfront dining destination with seasonally-inspired seafood cuisine and handcrafted cocktails; next door the casual Barefoot Bar & Grill offers an all-day American menu, craft beers, and patio seating.