Emily Buckley, editor in chief 

My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this month. In that time, we have finished our educations, built our careers, lived in six homes, moved across the country and back to beautiful Cache Valley, and become the parents to five beautiful little girls. We are happy, fulfilled, and busy! One thing we have come to realize is that the busier our life together becomes, our need to have unhurried time together as a couple is increased. We have found that even two nights away once a year puts a recharge in our marriage and our individual well-beings.

With this in mind, I was thrilled when my husband surprised me by saying he had arranged for his parents to watch our kids for two nights so we could unplug and head to San Diego for a couple of nights to celebrate our anniversary.

Since our time was short, we wanted to find a fun, relaxing place to stay where we could spend the majority of our time. Paradise Point Resort fit the bill. It is an island all on its own, nestled on 44 acres surrounded by beautiful Mission Bay. Movie producer Jack Skirball envisioned and developed the property as a fantasy island vacation destination and movie set that would attract families for many generations.  He was right. Half a century later, Paradise Point is still a popular getaway destination.

Here are our top three reasons we recommend Paradise Point for a couples getaway:

Location, location, location: Babysitter time is precious, so choosing a location you can get to easily is important. The flight to San Diego is just over an hour and half and Paradise Point is a short drive from the airport. We left after we sent our older kids to school and were turning down Vacation Road, where the resort is housed, by lunchtime. The property is lined with palm trees and feels like a tropical island.

Plenty to do, or not: Paradise Point offers expansive activities. There are sailboats that can be rented by the hour: jet skis, motor boats, paddle boats, and kayaks available for reservation; five swimming pools to play in or lounge by; and an on-site spa. Additionally, there are two restaurants on the property and a pool grill, so you will never need to leave the property if you don’t want to (but, if you do, Sea World and Downtown San Diego are just a hop away).

The service: From the moment we made our reservation, we were treated as guests. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying our piece of Paradise.

Whether you visit Paradise Point or camp in Logan Canyon, find time to get away with your spouse regularly! Talk about something besides your children, take walks, enjoy the surroundings, and, most importantly, allow yourself to remember why you feel in love in the first place.