Catamaran Resort

During our recent stay in San Diego, my son and I were blessed to stay at The Catamaran Resort in Mission Beach! They truly went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing stay! Everyone here did all they could to make his 18th the best birthday ever! Prior to our trip, I explained about his special needs and it seemed every single staff member we met went out of their way to make sure he was comfortable and had a fabulous trip!


Walking into the lobby felt like a dream… There was a gorgeous waterfall that was so peaceful to sit and watch and relax! Checking in was a breeze and they had our room ready for us immediately. I was grateful to have someone take our bags and show us to our room. Walking thru the resort we immediately felt as though we were in a tropical paradise! Beautiful foliage, parrots, relaxing ponds… It was as if we had traveled to our own private island!

San Diego


Walking into our suite on the 14th floor, I was in awe of the view! We had a private balcony that overlooked the sparkling Pacific Ocean! Life was GOOD!!! As I looked dreamily at our view Boo shrieked with excitement! “Mama! Mama! Look!!!” They had left a wonderful treat for him on his bed! Hot, fresh cookies and ice cold milk! They even left us a handwritten note saying they hoped our visit would be wonderful and they were so happy to have Boo celebrating his birthday with them!

After our long drive drive from Phoenix we were feeling hungry and had the best lunch ever while sitting on our balcony while enjoying the salty sea air!

We didn’t even have to leave the resort to play at the beach! There was a private ( I believe it may be a public beach) on the bay right behind the resort…. It seemed private though because it was calm and not too many people there. This is perfect for Boo…  We had fun walking along the beach before boarding the Bahia Belle! I was happily surprised to receive tickets for this cruise while we were at check in! We had so much fun relaxing and enjoying our harbor cruise in Mission Bay! Absolutely amazing!

After a peaceful nights sleep we woke to the most amazing birthday breakfast for Boo! He couldn’t stop grinning when he saw the custom “Happy Birthday ” chocolate that accompanied his delightful and tasty French toast including birthday sprinkles to decorate them with!

We headed down to spend a glorious day on the beach! We laughed and giggled as we walked along the shore finding seashells. Boo enjoyed making sandcastles and digging moats while I happily relaxed on comfortable beach chairs provided by the resort. This was truly the most blissful day I have had in a long time…. I thought we could not be more relaxed and then a young lady stopped by to see if we were hungry or thirsty…. Boo wanted ice-cream and hotdogs– I didn’t think they would have those but yes, she brought them out to us in no time at all! I seriously just wanted to stay here forever… sigh…. such a perfect, perfect day…

Around 4 I decided it was time to head back up to our room to wash up from the beach and relax a little before Boo’s next birthday surprise!!! We had been invited to attend a Luau to celebrate Boo’s 18th birthday that night! ( ** read more on that next week here on the blog!) He was so excited for that and as we rested a bit I heard a knock at our door… I opened and it was room service, asking for Master Boo…. I called my son over and this amazing young man sang Happy Birthday to my little boy and brought us a beautiful tray of birthday cupcakes! My mamas’ eyes filled with happy tears as we read the birthday card from staff filled with handwritten birthday wishes for my son! My heart was full of such joy at the kindness and thoughtfulness of this truly amazing staff!

Be sure to log in next week and hear about Boo’s amazing adventures at the luau! Until then I hope you all have a relaxed and peaceful week!

Much love,

Shell Maria





  1. That looks like such a nice hotel, the treats they have there look so delicious. The bonus is that view, beautiful.

    1. Hi Luci! This was amazing and so wonderful to wake up to each morning!

  2. Elle

    Your vacation and birthday celebration for your son looked so exquisite. I’m sure he had an amazing time. All the best to him.

    1. Thank you so much Elle! 🙂

  3. This post was such a joy to read. It seems that it is so rare that any hotel or resort goes to such lengths to ensure that your stay was truly special. The Catamaran Resort deserves high praise indeed for supporting such wonderful staff to ensure Boo’s 18th birthday was one to remember. Such wonderful touches and obviously a really fabulous hotel.

    1. Thank you so much Nicole! I truly am grateful for how much they went out of their way to make my sons birthday the most special one yet! 🙂

  4. Wish your son a very happy 18th birthday. Glad to know that you had a lot of fun there. The resort seems amazing and has a very supportive staff. All the pics are so amazing.

    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes Monidipa! 🙂

  5. I’m always excited to read your positive adventures with your special needs youngest son Boo. And I’m always happy to hear that there are kind people all around, people who really care and make his life more exciting. The hotel looks great and the sea…well the waves of the sea always bring me back to me 🙂

    1. Hi Corina! I absolutely love that quote! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth O

    It looks like you had such a great time. The Catamaran Resort really looks like a gorgeous place to stay and it sounds like they went above and beyond to make your stay really welcoming and comfortable. The pictures you have taken are really beautiful indeed.

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth! I felt very blessed to stay here with my son! 🙂

  7. Suzanne Melton

    That looks like so much fun! Happy birthday to your youngest one – he looks like he thoroughly enjoyed his experience. It was always a treat to go to a hotel for my birthday growing up so I always love these sorts of trips with kids.

    1. Hi Suzanne! He had such a lovely birthday! 🙂

  8. This looks like it was such a special trip for you guys! And cookies and milk? Yes, please!

    1. Hi Ramona! It was such a fabulous trip! 🙂

  9. That hotel looks amazing! I wanna go somewhere that brings me me milk an cookies! I’m so jealous! I’m happy he had a good time! 🙂

    1. Thanks Mary!! 🙂

  10. I so wanna pack my bags and go to the beach by looking at these beautiful pictures. Just can’t stop admiring it

    1. Aww thanks so much Sayanti! This was such a beautiful resort! 🙂

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