Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Coast, California, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Excellent golf, spa and fitness facilities

  • Fantastic family option with bungalow and self-catering villa options

  • Excellent concierge style service

  • Two and three bedroom villas offering kitchens and home-from-home facilities

  • Great location for exploring Orange County communities and LA and San Diego attractions

  • Family activities from whale watching to surf lessons to Disneyland and Universal Studios

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Newport Beach has a year-round climate. Summer (June - September) is the peak-tourist season, this is when the weather is hottest but beaches can be over crowded. January and February are the rainiest months. If you are visiting in May, June or July, watch out for the 'marine layer', a cloudy overcast, almost fog-like cloud which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings.

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Adults and children alike delight in swimming in the incredible circular pool, it feels like you're swimming in a crystal clear blue lake. By night, it's a treat to relax in one of the bubbling hot tubs and star gaze.

Golf enthusiasts can choose between two fabulous award-winning courses, with several holes perched on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Make sure to take the complementary shuttle down to the beautiful Crystal Cove Beach to explore the tide pools, go for a swim or a stroll. 

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The Resort at Pelican Hill is a superb family resort stunningly set on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an hour’s drive south of Los Angeles. It offers a wonderful opportunity to kick back and relax in opulent surroundings.

The Resort at Pelican Hill has been heavily influenced by Northern Italian architecture, infused with the style of Palladio, and is designed to feel like a small Italian village. Set within 504 acres, no expense has been spared to create something quite remarkable and palatial. The central circular swimming pool, the Coliseum, is quite literally vast, and is surrounded by colonnaded cabanas.

Throughout the grounds are tile-roofed bungalows and villas, each offering fabulous views over the ocean. All too often hotels fall short of perfection with too many eccentric touches or by gilding the lily, but The Resort at Pelican Hill has the balance spot on, and a great deal of thought has gone into every detail. For instance, of the 750 olive trees scattered throughout the resort, they added 30 century-old trees to bring authenticity and charm, and to ensure that the resort didn't feel as if it had sprung up overnight.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is ideal for families; offering two kids clubs, one for 4-12 year-olds and one for teenagers. They are well run, with a wide range of activities and experiences on offer. Families can enjoy a number of activities to be organized by the resorts attentive guest relations stuff. There are a number of villas on offer, ensuring that any size of family can easily be accommodated in a self-contained unit. The resort also has one- or two- bedroom bungalows for smaller families or couples or those not wishing to self cater. The Two-Bedroom villas are huge at over 2000 square feet and even come with your own butler. They are sumptuously furnished (many of the fittings were sourced from Italy) and feature gourmet kitchens. Feeling very much like a Tuscan country house, you are ensured a truly comfortable base whilst at Pelican Hill.

There are plenty of dining options at Pelican Hill, and it would be surprising if they did not specialize in excellent Italian fare at the Andrea Ristorante & Bar, but there are four other options that will suit different needs just as well including the Pelican Hill Bar and Grill offering gourmet dining with a more laid-back feel. The hotel also has a huge 23,000 square foot spa, with a superb fitness center. The two Fazio-designed championship golf courses are stunning, offering coastal views around every corner. For guests who want to head to the beach, Crystal Cove is a short drive or bicycle ride away, and there are four miles of beaches to explore with many coves to wander through.

In short, for an indulgent beach break, Pelican Hill really lives up to its ambitious vision of offering unapologetic luxury.

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The resort consists of 170 Bungalows and 34 two-Bedroom Bungalow Suites, 52 two-Bedroom Residences or 'Villas', 52 Three-Bedroom Residences and 24 four-Bedroom Residences. The Bungalows feature Hand-hewn vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, Gas-lit Italian limestone fireplace in each room, Granite wet bar, 42" - 50" flat-screen television with DVD player, Technology to enhance your stay including Bose® audio and MP3 port, Luxurious beds featuring Italian linens, Spacious bathrooms feature a marble walk-in shower, deep soaking tub and granite counter tops, Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, In-room safe, Bath robes, Multi-line telephone capabilities with speaker phone access, Coffee maker with Guatemalan coffee ($10 charge per bag), Hot tea selections available upon request.

The Residences feature a personal butler, kitchens, access to the Villa Club House with exclusive check-in facilities, pool, access to the Clubhouse, car garage.


The Resort offers two programs, one for kids 4-12 years of age and one for teenagers. They offer an indoor room with arts & crafts, TV’s for interactive games and movie watching, Wii and Playstation 3 gaming consoles with over 40 games, Karaoke machine, digital microscopes, telescope and touch screen computers, children’s pool with lounge chairs, umbrellas and a bubble jet, fountain for water play, foosball and ping-pong.


The Resort offers five dining experiences with ocean and golf course views: Andrea Ristorante & Bar - Signature Northern Italian Restaurant, Pelican Grill & Lounge - California-inspired cuisine at the Golf Clubhouse, Coliseum Pool & Grill - Casual pool side dining, Caffè - Wood-panelled espresso bar featuring pastries, light fare, gelato and coffee, Caffè II - Light fair and specialty espresso drinks at the Golf Clubhouse. The hotel also has 2 Championship Golf Courses, a Spa and a Main Pool. In addition to the above restaurants, the Resort offers 24-hour room service.


A complementary driver service to the nearby beach in Crystal Cove State Park is offered by the hotel. Orange County beach activities include: surfing, boating, sunbathing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and whale watching. There is World-class shopping at Fashion Island mall, Crystal Cove Promenade and Corona del Mar Plaza and boutiques and art galleries at Laguna Beach. There is Balboa Island and Newport Harbour for boating and whale watching trips or take a day trip out to Catalina Island. Ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego and all but 45 minutes from Disneyland Anaheim and close to Knott’s Berry Farm, Newport Beach is ideally located for Southern Californian family adventures.



Lucie Polwin (Staff)

The villas here are such a great option for families giving you plenty of space and the choice to self cater or eat out. It is also ideal if you are looking for a base for a longer stay as you can easily access Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Disneyland and Universal Studios. 


Maudie Tomlinson (Staff)

Set on 504 acres of Orange County coastline, everything about The Resort at Pelican Hill appears effortless and seamless; from the relaxing welcome process (one of the bellmen even fixed our cars convertible roof while we were inside!) to the fantastic spa which offered a truly heavenly experience. The villa was stunning with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, and big enough to entertain a family reunion or a girlfriends getaway, with options for 2 or 3 bedrooms but space big enough for 6-8 people. Our lovely butler Paul was available at the end of a phone call at any time of day (or night!) to drive us around the resort. In the morning, we had breakfast at the Coliseum Grill possibly the best location on property for breakfast as we watched the sun rise over the craggy cliffs and the stunning circular pool below. I would highly recommend the lobster scramble or the wonderful pecan raisin French toast (or if youre like me and cant decide, share the French toast and have both as the portions are really generous!).

This property really is vast, and offers everything you could ever wish for from a vacation resort yet it still maintains a highly personal and luxurious feel to it. The bungalow properties are similarly spacious and are located closer to the main restaurants and pools. There is a dedicated Kids Club called Camp Pelican a truly impressive building with its own pool and water features outside. It even offers kids yoga aptly named the Mindful Octopus and an inflatable screen so the kids can watch movies while outside by the poll. There is also a specially tailored club for teenagers aged 14-17, Latitude, which organizes hiking, kayaking, music production sessions, shopping trips and many more activities; it really did seem like a teenagers paradise!

Over the vacation season, the resort transforms into a winter wonderland and a special Nutcracker ballet show is performed while high tea is served in the main lobby. The spa building is truly outstanding and is the height of luxury - we experienced a wonderful full body massage which left us feeling wonderfully revived. The golf facilities are also top quality but although a big feature of the resort, it certainly doesn't dominate the feel of the place, which is a true family luxury resort. We only wished we couldve stayed longer to enjoy absolutely everything that this resort has to offer!


  • Catch a Baseball Game

    Sports fan or not, you can't help but enjoy the ballpark; it's an experience so quintessentially American. Chow down on dogs and beer, hear the barrel organ fire up the crowd and cry "Outta Sight" as a 'homer' is hit.

  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

    The Zoo, located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, is 100 acres and houses over 800 species from the forests and jungles of the world. The Zoo, along with the Safari Park in Escondido are world-renowned for their conservation efforts.

  • Universal Hollywood VIP Experience

    Star treatment awaits the fortunate few on this exclusive guided behind-the-scenes tour, revealing world class production facilities & movie sets normally closed to the public and enjoying front-of-line access to all rides, attractions & gourmet lunch.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood

    Located at one of the world's oldest running movie studios, Universal is a must for most children and adults in touch with their inner-child. Allow a full day to take in a studio tour, 3-D movies, movie-inspired rides and action packed re-enactments.

  • Whale Watching in Laguna Beach

    Head out to the ocean for an exciting whale watching excursion, viewing the whales and dolphins that call this part of the California coast their home. Best visited from April through to December, don't forget your binoculars or your camera.

Vacation Ideas

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    Scottsdale, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Newport Beach

    from $3800 pp 10 nights

    • Experience the Arizona desert and sun-drenched California coast
    • Visit the iconic Zion National Park and enjoy hiking, biking or canyoneering
    • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon

Location & directions

Newport Coast, California, United States of America

The Resort is located on Pelican Hill Road South on the Newport Coast, between the exclusive communities of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

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