After navigating the roadways from LAX to Newport, we arrived at Pelican Hill just as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean. The Resort at Pelican Hill is situated between the cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
The entire resort is Italian-inspired, and landscaped with olive and citrus trees. We were swiftly escorted from the grand lobby on a short drive to the resorts gated Bungalow area. We were able to park our rental car right outside our front doors! Although the resort is on over 500 acres, everything is accessible and you don’t need to shuttle everywhere.
Our Bungalow was cozy with a limestone fireplace, private ocean-view terrace, wood beam ceiling, separate living area and huge bathroom. Perfect for me and my best girlfriend that was traveling with me; two ladies need lots of space to get ready!
For a few hours before dinnertime we kicked back in our room around the fireplace, enjoying a glass of Palladio Chianti and some great conversation. It was off to dinner at nearby Javier’s for some Mexican. It was definitely the place to be seen in Newport.
We set out for a full day of shopping and sightseeing in Newport. We hit Fashion Island, which is owned by Irvine Company who owns the resort; there we found fantastic shops and department stores. Later we headed to Newport Harbor, and spent time peeking in and out of the quaint boutiques and walking along the streets taking in the ocean living lifestyle.
Returning to the resort in the later afternoon, we thought we ought to check out the Coliseum Pool, which is perfect circle pool 136 feet in diameter. Its very impressive and aptly named as it feels like you’re in a roman coliseum.
We sat out on the veranda of the Coliseum Grill for an afternoon cocktail overlooking the pool, overlooking the golf course, overlooking the ocean! There are actually two golf courses and an impressive spa called the Acqua Colonnade. If you’re planning to keep fit during visit you won’t have trouble here. The resort has impressive fitness facilities including a range of programs including yoga, Pilates, dance and my favorite; the guided Crystal Cove fitness walk.
If being on the water is more your style, you can take advantage of nearby boating activities in Newport Harbor or take the shuttle to Crystal Cove State Park; where you can swim, surf, dive and explore the trails.
If your stay on the Pacific Coast is more long term then my two days, you’ll want to look into the Villa experience. The Villas are a private enclave within the resort. You can choose from 2, 3 and 4-bedrooms. The Villas have their own staff and all-access to the resort amenities.
I can only imagine what it would be like to experience Pelican Hill over the holiday season. They have fully decorated Bungalows available for Christmas! Might be nice to have someone take care of all the trimmings this year, including the feast.