Evans Mission Bay Magazine Issue 3 Summer 2022 | Page 40

Cuisine at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
The Lodge at Torrey Pines is next to Torrey Pines Golf Course , site of the 2008 and 2021 U . S . Open
Sustainability is also important to the company , according to Miguel Vazquez , Director of Engineering at the Bahia Resort Hotel . “ We have become much greener over the years and we continue to make large strides in this area ,” he says . “ We have made changes to our grounds and watering systems in an effort to do our part and conserve water due to California ’ s recent drought conditions .” The hotels also work to conserve energy and minimize waste . In fact , for its sustainability efforts , all three hotels have attained the highest level of participation in the California Green Lodging Program .
The business also remains a family-run endeavor : When William Evans passed away in 1984 , Anne took on more responsibilities within the company . With the help of their children , she commissioned a custom-built , 100-foot sternwheeler called the William D . Evans . Launched in 1986 , the 400-passenger boat was crafted in the same turn-of-thecentury style as the Bahia Belle . Both sternwheelers continue to cycle back and forth between the Bahia and the Catamaran today , used not only as a shuttle but also for private events and chartered cruises .
In 1995 , Evans Hotels purchased The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla , renovating and reconstructing a large portion to create a brand-new luxury resort with 170 guest rooms . It reopened in 2002 with a prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating and sits alongside the Torrey Pines Golf
Course , near picturesque Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve .
As Evans Hotels has grown , members of the Evans family and other staff members have worked side-by-side with the local community . From political activities and presidential visitors to partnerships with health organizations and supporting community events , they have integrated themselves into Mission Bay Park , greater San Diego and beyond .
“ I am immensely proud of what we do and of the relationship we have developed with our staff members and with the public ,” Evans says , explaining that her company has brought a stable work force to Mission Bay and continues to thrive in a service-oriented industry .
Vazquez , who has been an employee at the Bahia for over 30 years , adds that while the hotels have grown through the years , one thing hasn ’ t changed with time . “ That is our commitment to creating the best possible experience for each of our guests ,” he says . “ And , as an employee of Evans Hotels , I have become a part of that commitment .” Vazquez notes that small businesses have come and gone on Mission Bay , but that , overall , the area has remained consistent . “ Belmont Park has changed a bit and so has SeaWorld , but they continue to draw many people to this area as do the beach and bay areas themselves ,” he says . “ We remain a very popular place to bring the family .”
THREE DISTINCT DESTINATIONS Each hotel has its own personality , atmosphere and style . The founding Bahia Resort Hotel is situated on a 14-acre peninsula with guest rooms featuring views of the bay or hotel gardens . The light colors and expansive windows add to the seaside vibe , creating a breezy , relaxing environment conducive to winding down . Beachside cabanas are available , and the resort also offers lighted tennis courts , access to nearby watersports and movies on the Palm Terrace — not to mention cruises on the Bahia Belle .
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a different environment altogether , with a tropical Polynesian design . The hotel ’ s theme is implemented in everything from the decor to on-site events . The grounds are filled with lush gardens — tropical plants , waterfalls , koi ponds and talking parrots . Tiki torches and handcrafted Balinese totem poles further add to the ambience . The hotel hosts events like summer sunset luaus complete with hula dancers and an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian buffet , as well as yoga classes , bayside Polynesian dance lessons , seasonal movies on the bay and cocktail cruises . The Polynesian theme carries over to The Catamaran Spa with South Pacific and Asian-inspired massages and other treatments . And Oceana Coastal Kitchen offers bayfront dining and California cuisine made with seasonal , local ingredients .