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
I just stayed here. It's a luxury resort indeed. Staff is great and welcoming. Architecture is grand. Landscape well manicured. The bungalow I stayed in was luxurious, high ceiling, marble bathroom, large bed, comfortable furniture, a fireplace, and view of the water. The round pool is so inviting. Room service was prompt. Restaurant food is delicious but quantity is on the smaller side. Would definitely recommend this place!
This was the best experience we have ever had in a hotel. What I think distinguishes Pelican Inn from any other hotel of the same category is attention to detail. I was impressed with Zarko Lucic, who took the time to hear our needs and went above and beyond to make special birthday at Pelican Inn an extremely memorable stay. With this special service, it exceeded our wildest expectations.
The location is excellent. The spa was very good, the bar was busy and fun to try adventuresome and delicious cocktail selection.
they make you feel it is a privilege for them to look after your every need. Their ability to anticipate our needs and requirements was uncanny and unlike other hotels in this category.
The breath-taking view from our balcony was surreal we decided to order room service. It was an excellent decision, they had delectable breakfast options that proved to be delicious.
Bottom line, it was a slice of heaven in Newport Beach
Wow! This is our second visit here. Everything is 😉 amazing!!! Staff is super! Food is fabulous! Accommodations are beautiful! Spa is wonderful!!!! Can’t say enough about the resort. Even in the pouring rain it is hard not to enjoy the aabiance!
I've been to many Ritz Carlton, Four Season, etc, but Pelican Hill now tops them all. The resort is situated to maximize the beautiful Pacific view and rooms were very very nice. We played both golf courses on the property and each were exceptional. I especially liked the South Course that traverses the terrain all the way down to the Pacific shore. It was both challenging and beautiful! I give Pelican Hill my highest marks for beauty, comfort and service. A+
I stayed at Pelican Resort for three nights in Feb 19 for a conference.
My fellow delegates and I christened it 'The Bubble'. The place where everything is beautiful. Where the staff bend over backwards to provide impeccable service, the food is great, the location amazing, the rooms divine, the conference facilities ... top notch. Where nobody ever gets sick, the weather is always mild, and the gods themselves cast their beatific radiance over the elegant idyll that is Pelican Hill.
In a straw poll of the 150 delegates in attendance, the general sentiment was 'Please don't make me leave'. I am not yet ready to return to the 'real world'.
Several of my colleagues and I have made a pact to return one day (no mean feat given we're located in Australia).
Thank you, Pelican Hill. How we loved thee. We shall meet again.