We went last month for a friend's 40th - among the group of us, we rented 1 4 b.r. villa and 3 bungalows. The resort is absolutely beautiful. Everything is well appointed and luxurious. I really have no complaints about the service other than that feeling that they are looking at you like you don't belong there (especially when you drive up in your rented Mazda and they try to hide it away from the Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins.) No joke! The pool is fanastic (the largest circular pool in the world I believe?) and we had great service (had a cabana both days). The food was decent at the pool as well. (We didn't eat at the formal restaurant.) Had a decent massage at the spa (though wouldn't say it was my best one ever or anything) and the facilities (sauna, steam, wading pool) were well worth getting there early. The place is huge (for example the bungalows and villas are almost a mile apart) but they will drive you in golf carts or shuttles - however, be prepared to wait a fair amount at key times. My husband (a high handicapper) played golf and said it was fairly difficult but obviously a nice course. Can't complain other than you will pay big money for everything. However, for a special occasion where you are prepared to drop a fair amount of $, it was certainly worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill(R) features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world's most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic "Coliseum Pool," one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report; as Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure's "Top 100" World's Best Hotels (2011 Readers' Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Hill Hotel Newport Beach
- Hotel At Pelican Hill
- At Pelican Hill Hotel