The Resort at Pelican Hill
This sprawling oceanfront property is fashioned after a quintessentially Italian seaside retreat.
Surrounded by lush greenery in the residential community of Pelican Hill between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill is unlike any other in the area. Rather than mirroring its coastal setting, it features warm, sun-kissed, Palladian-style architecture inspired by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.
Luxurious accommodations include 204 bungalows and 128 villas, which make the property feel like two resorts in one. Bungalow suites are stacked on a hill so that each room has a clear view of the ocean or the gardens. Wood beam ceilings, limestone fireplaces and private terraces are among their many desirable features. The villas, set behind a separate entrance, boast their own concierge, butlers, garages and shared pool and clubhouse. Housing two to four bedrooms, villas are a pricier option, but are well-suited for families and groups seeking residential-style accommodation.
Multiple dining options include signature restaurant Andrea, which serves Northern Italian cuisine based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The al fresco tables are perfect for a romantic sunset dinner overlooking the ocean. California cuisine is the focus at Pelican Grill, where a curated wine list complements flavors inspired by the Napa Valley. Guests can also enjoy Piccolo at the Villas for global fare, Caffé & Market for gelato and espresso, and the Great Social Room Lounge for cocktails, small bites, DJs and Fellini films. There are also ongoing food events such as The Art of Pasta Making, Bloody Mary Bar and Tea Moderno.
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. Treatments focus on three areas: replenishment, invigoration and relaxation.
While Pelican Hill is a destination resort, it is popular with locals, especially for decadent weekend getaways, social events and weddings. A full staff is on hand to organize ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers and honeymoons, but it's the setting that sets this place apart. With its century-old olive trees, fragrant lavender and shimmering ocean views, this resort offers a genuine escape from the cares of daily life.