The Resort at Pelican Hill is a truly spectacular place. Set back in Newport Coast, driving up one gets the feeling of pulling into a sprawling mansion rather than a hotel. And with rooms starting at 847 square feet, mansion size is somewhat fitting.
My specific room was a bungalow suite. Though not even close to the largest accommodation here (the Villas take that honor), the room was still almost 1700 square feet. But a big room is one thing; this one was also fitted with immense detail, and tended to by a housekeeping team that made it look as though we never lived in the place.
Beyond the rooms, the Resort at Pelican hill also features multiple fine dining options, an insane infinity pool, and 24 hour “courtesy shuttles” (essentially, you give them a call and they will send a Mercedes to take you anywhere on property).
In sum, I’ve stayed at many of the world’s finest hotels, and unquestionably the Resort at Pelican Hill holds its own in that category. If you’re looking for an unforgettable place to relax and unwind, it’ll be tough to do better.