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.
In one of Southern California’s most exclusive locations, just a short drive from glamourous Newport Beach, famous “OC” beaches and Disneyland.
Choose from beautifully designed villas allowing a luxurious stay and perfect for families who enjoy privacy with all the trappings of a luxury resort.
Relax and be pampered in your own private cabana by the famous ocean view Coliseum pool, one of the largest round pools in the world.
Golfing enthusiasts will be awe struck by the ocean vistas of the Tom Fazio designed golf courses.
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 organised 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 specialise 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 centre. 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.
When to visit
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.
The Resort is located on Pelican Hill Road South on the Newport Coast, between the exclusive communities of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. The drive to Resort at Pelican Hill from Los Angeles International Airport is 45-minute.
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.