The Resort at Pelican Hill is an oasis nestled in the residential community of Pelican Hill, on the coast of Southern California's Newport Beach. Expansive ocean views abound at the resort, which features warm and accommodating Mediterranean architecture inspired by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The property blends in well with its pristine natural surroundings. Luxurious accommodations come in two forms (bungalows and villas) which make the property feel like two hotels in one.
Bungalow suites are stacked on a hill so that each room has a clear ocean view. Villas, set behind a separate entrance, boast their own pool, butlers and garages. Villas are a pricier option, running upwards of $2,000 a night, but are well-suited for the demanding traveler seeking residential-style accommodations packed with amenities.
Providing a picturesque contrast to the adjacent ocean are the resort's two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses. After a round on the greens, guests can unwind with soothing treatments at The Spa at Pelican Hill, a modern 23,000-square-foot sanctuary featuring a dramatic 28-foot-high Palladian rotunda, a wall of flowing water and 22 private treatment rooms. The resort regularly offers epicurean experiences, as well as etiquette classes and art tours. Multiple dining options satisfy guests' appetites, including the signature restaurant Andrea (named after the aforementioned architect), which offers Tuscan-influenced Italian cuisine and al fresco dining, and the more casual Coliseum Pool & Grill.
Leaving little to be desired, the resort is not only a worthy destination resort but a perfect wedding spot, complete with specialized wedding services. And for those fortunate Southern Californians, the resort serves as a simple getaway that is close by in location, but seems worlds away with its beautiful scenery and luxurious setting.