Private marina and dock offering charter boat excursions and kayak, paddleboard and electric Duffy boat rentals
The OC Body Scrub at the full-service spa
Only eight miles from John Wayne Airport
What To Know
Guestrooms will be undergoing renovations from November 6, 2015 through early January, 2016
The hotel is on Newport Harbor, not the ocean
Parking, whether valet or metered, can get pricey
Parking on site
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Magnificent views of yachts docking in Newport Harbor and luxe spa treatments in the OC’s nautical capital
The AAA four-diamond resort has only been around since 2003, but it’s adjacent to The Balboa Bay Club, a private club whose members have included Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The classic, Old World elegance that attracted the stars of yore shines through at the newer resort, and especially at Duke’s Place, named for the resort’s most famous member, John Wayne. It’s a great spot to sip one of the resort’s signature drinks — the Duke’s Cocktail or a BBC (short for Balboa Bay Club) mai tai, perhaps? — while taking in the sounds of local jazz musicians.
Bed & Bath
Furnished balconies in Bay View rooms make a memorable escape with magnificent views of multimillion-dollar yachts docking in Newport Harbor as the sun sets. Standard and Courtyard guestrooms are also a treat; all are decorated with understated nautical flair, highlighted by plantation shutters opening to courtyard or pool views.
Dinner is at the award-winning First Cabin restaurant, where Austrian chef Josef Lageder serves up delectable morsels of fresh mahi-mahi and dry aged filet mignon with béarnaise sauce. The spa is an escape unto itself. Treatments include a volcanic clay wrap, a caviar facial and the signature OC Body Scrub for a skin-refreshing dose of orange blossoms and Vitamin C followed by some more lounge time by the courtyard pool.
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, California 92663
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Balboa Bay Club & Resort is Orange County, CA (SNA-John Wayne) - 8.6 km / 5.3 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.