The Resort at Pelican Hill
What We Love
- Tuscan village vibe and the largest circular pool in the world
- Tom Fazio–designed 36-hole golf courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- World-class spa and daily fitness walks to nearby Crystal Cove
What To Know
- There’s a free shuttle for getting around the enormous resort
- Very popular destination for weddings
- Top choice for families, with enormous bungalows and a kids’ camp
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in tony Orange County, the Resort at Pelican Hill is a 504-acre taste of Tuscany in the Cali countryside. Single-story Bungalows skirt the manicured grounds and start at an enormous 850 square feet. Done up in cool cream shades, all have limestone fireplaces, wood beam ceilings and marble bathrooms. Those with private terraces and Pacific Ocean views are well worth the splurge. Foodies get their fix at the resort’s multiple eateries, whether it’s traditional northern Italian fare at Andrea, farm-to-table favorites (and killer ocean views) at Pelican Grill, or poolside comfort food and kid-friendly options at the Coliseum Pool and Grill. The pool itself is at the heart of Pelican’s daytime action, especially if you pay extra for the huge furnished cabanas outfitted with sound systems, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Away from the pool, active types get their fix on the Tom Fazio–designed 36-hole golf course or in the state-of-the-art fitness center, while sybarites will be right at home in the world-class 22-room spa.
In the Area
Book a daytrip with concierge-approved Bill Hoffman of Hoffy Tours and visit lookout points from Crescent Bay Point Park to Dana Point Marina, plus stops at the San Juan Capistrano Mission and Los Rios Historic District. For families and nature lovers, the California coastline is full of adventures, from a visit to the Nix Nature Center to a hike in the Willow or Morro Canyon. Wine lovers should check out Hamilton Oaks Winery and Giracci Vineyards in Silverado and Trabuco canyons, or stay local with a stop at Laguna Canyon Winery. For a dose of retail therapy head to open-air mall Fashion Island, or escape the crowds and set up camp on the beach at Crystal Cove State Park.
How to Get There
We went with our son’s family and his in laws. We had two villas in the 4600 section. The views of the ocean and golf course were spectacular. Our villas, the hallways, elevator and stairwell were absolutely spotless! This is something that you rarely see anymore. The staff was so friendly and ready to help. I do think the concierge needs to work harder at the recommendations she makes. Sending guests to drive to Huntington Beach for a farmers market/carnival isn’t a great idea for people who traveled all the way from the east coast. The main fitness center was well equipped however being we were there during June gloom, it was a bit overcrowded. I’m sure that’s not the case the rest of the year. Great leadership where cleanliness and customer service is concerned. The manager deserves a raise for keeping morale up. Not an easy job!
We stayed here after our Cabo trip was cancelled due to hurricane Bud. The bungalow was amazing. Food- loved it all. Service at pool and bar was consistajtky good.Our biggest disappointment was the 500.00 a day cabana. Walls, table, armoir were dirty, tv was old, bose did not even have bluetooth and was unusable. Cabana was not worth the money at all. Dirty and overpriced. I was sad to have wasted the money.
We returned from a 4 night stay at Pelican Hill. I went back and forth between saying our stay was excellent and just very good for a few reasons. Check in time is 4. We arrived at 6:30 and were told our room was not ready. I'm not sure what would have happened if we had arrived at 4. Would we have had to wait 2 hours to get in? We only waited about 15 min and they gave us a credit of $100. The room is very nice, large and the view is wonderful. I agree with a few reviews that some of the furniture could use some updating. The back of the chairs are worn. The chairs outside were dirty. The day before we left we left our room at 8 and didn't get back until 5 to find our room had not been cleaned. I had to call the front desk. We sat by the pool one afternoon and told the pool waiter we wanted a pina colada. He didn't know what it was. My husband had to go up to the bar to order one for me. Who hasn't heard of a pina colada? The pool is beautiful. We also played twilight golf. The golf course is wonderful. We were not blown away by the food. We ate at the pool grill one night and thought the pizza was not really very good. My husband had tacos and said they were just ok. We ate another night at Andrea. I had chicken and he had gnochi. They were both good but nothing better than you could get at Olive Garden. The service was excellent though. Those things aside I would absolutely stay here again and can't wait to go back. The grounds are beautiful, the staff was friendly and helpful. But there were several things that kept this from being excellent for a 5 star hotel.
We visit this place every year since 2010 as a family coming from Saudi Arabia. My husband love this place so much!!
Every year i send them to change their soft uncomfortable mattress on the bed or at least find a solution!!
Its the worst bedding ever and so bad for the back !! Last year i slept my whole vacation on the floor !!it was sooo bad !!
While me and my husband where watching a movie at night in the villa a big rat came out from the back of the cabinet !! This was the most discusting thing that happened ever to me!! They just send 2 men who came and stayed all night trying to get it out and nothing happened .i slept that day openening my eyes !!
Nice view on a clear day, very reasonable prices. Monika our server went above and beyond. I had a grilled salmon salad, others had a burger with yummy garlic fries.
Elegant feeling with a beautiful ocean view.
I highly recommend making reservations.