About a year ago when my friend from Estonia came to visit and I took her to explore LA and Orange County, I came across The Resort at Pelican Hill and has been adding it to my bucket list place to visit. I might be getting used to a typical beach resort in Bali since I grew up with it, however, Pacific Coastline really gave me a different feeling.
The Resort at Pelican Hill is known as one of the world’s finest Five-Star, Five-Diamond destinations offering unparalleled service and luxury. Tyler and I decided to take our pre-valentine getaway early since we will be in San Diego this weekend for a business trip. It felt really good to reconnect with him and spark little romance for a little time away.
From the day we first step in and to leaving the resort, I was blown away by the high-quality service at Pelican Hill. Visited the location for a work event and truly fell in love with every bit of the experience. Their level of service, property, amenities, food and so forth are to die for. I was stunned by how elegant and premium the location is. This is my place I always go to relax and get away. It’s beautiful. There is so much to do that you don’t even need to leave the hotel.
Here is my review of why I love Pelican Hill so much!
Getting to Newport Beach
DIRECTIONS FROM LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is a 45-minute drive to The Resort at Pelican Hill
- Follow the signs exiting LAX to 405 Freeway South.
- Proceed on Interstate 405 for approximately 35 miles.
- Merge onto CA-73 South toward San Diego (toll applies- click here for details).
- Exit Newport Coast Drive and follow to Pelican Hill Road South and turn right.
Along one of the most pristine and protected coastal enclaves remaining in Southern California, The Resort at Pelican Hill is set on 504 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the chic town of Newport Beach. Adjacent to the Resort, neighboring Crystal Cove stretches along 3.5 miles of exquisite coastline framed by sandy coves, tide pools, and a marine park. The Resort is also adjacent to more than 50,000 acres of permanently protected, natural open space, parks, and trails.
I was staying at the Pelican Resort so of course, I had to check our their spa! The entrance is pretty grand and inside they had some really nice amenities. A big steam room, sauna, and a huge hot tub jacuzzi. Nice showers and a decent size locker room. The relaxation room was dark and quiet and they had some tea and snacks available. I will say the only thing missing at this spa is an outdoor area. There are multiple tea options focusing on energies and yummy goodies such as blondes.
Unfortunately, there is no Co-Ed area which makes it tricky for an anniversary or anything romantic except for the treatment room. I wish they have a shared waiting room or Jacuzzi room so you can meet up with your partner if you choose.
PRO-TIP: Resort guests can come to enjoy the amenities here for FREE! I have been to many nice resorts and this is always an extra cost or you have to book a treatment! AWESOME PERK!
We had a bungalow overlooking the ocean. The room was good for two people in a king size bed. I decided to use my downtime by just having a drink the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean. If you are a person who is looking for luxury at it’s finest. Then The Resort at Pelican Hill is a must to stay. We received a bottle of sparkling Prosecco wine and a rose petal turndown, upon request.
Sip a cool drink on the furnished terrace and enjoy Pacific Ocean views. Inside, you’ll find a king bed draped in luxury linens, a comfortable sitting area, and a large flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Rooms feature hand-hewn vaulted wooden ceilings, and the gas-lit Italian limestone fireplace adds a romantic touch. A Bose stereo system provides the music. Conveniences include free wireless Internet access, a laptop safe, a coffeemaker with Guatemalan coffee (surcharge), and a compact refrigerator with a granite wet bar. The bathroom features a deep soaking tub, separate marble walk-in shower, granite countertops with a double sink, and bathrobes.
Food & Drink
There are so many food places such as Pelican Grill & Lounge, Coliseum Pool & Grill, Great Room Social Lounge, Caffe & market, Caffe II, and Piccolo, but we picked Andrea Ristorante & Bar for dinner.
Andrea is recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants by GAYOT and Southern California’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Los Angeles Times readers, Andrea offers Valentine’s diners a casually elegant ambiance, heated ocean-view terrace, charming live guitarist and exquisite selection of Italian wines.
They offer several amazing variants of activities in dining, golf, spa, pasta-making, afternoon-tea, painting class, even helicopter tour! More details on daily activities can be seen here.
I had an amazing time at The Resort at Pelican Hill! The accommodation, food, and activities exceed my expectations, and I’d love to come back in the future.
The only downside is that it will be so much worth it if it’s not a rainy day–even though you can stay indoors, I personally would like to be outdoors.
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