Spent 7 days here with my family, two adults and 3 children (2 boys 12 & 10 and one daughter age 8 ). We stood in a 2 bedroom villa. The villas are well appointed and decorated beautifully. You have use of a butler to take you to and from the main club house or villa pool. From our villa the pool was only about a 5 minute walk. Room service is offered as is in room cooking if requested. Maid service is done both in the day and turn down in the evening. I would suggest that everyday upon leaving to contact the maid service to request your room to be made up otherwise they might not come to later in the afternoon.
The resort is beautiful and the lay out works well. Check in for villa guests is at a different private entrance and all went well. Prior to arrival I requested an early check in and a room with a view. Unfortunately neither requests were met. Like all resorts this is only a request not a guarantee but our butler worked his magic and got us a room with a wonderful view (500 area works best in my opinion for the villas).
The resort amenities are superb. Two huge pools with private cabana's for rent daily. The Coliseum pool is located in the main resort and can be used by both villa and regular guests. The villa pool and cabana's are used exclusively for villa guests only. Neither pool ever seemed to be crowded and getting space or renting a cabana wasn't a problem either. The gym at the villa club house was also adequate and never too crowded.
We ate breakfast at the restaurant in the villa club house daily. They offer an a la carte menu or breakfast buffet. Lunch by the pools was also adequate and the drinks were very good. Service at the pools were also above expectation.
There are a number of other restaurants located at the main resort which were indeed very good. Andrea is considered an Italian restaurant and is decorated beautifully. Both the service and food were great. The Pelican Grill is located at the Pelican Hill Golf Club and offers a more casual environment with wonderful views. I strongly suggest making reservations a few days in advance for either.
In summary this resort exceeded our expectations in every way. Again you pay for what you get and in this case I didn't mind paying.
- 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