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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 do an annual family stay-cation here because it’s such a beautiful resort.
Also pretty baby friendly. We requested for a crib for our room in advanced and it was set up before we checked into our villa. They even had a little plush toy pelican for our daughter!
The offer pick up and drop off shuttle service to crystal cove and a bunch of amenities like a bag of towels and toys for the kids! Didn’t use a service but will next time!
Food could be a little bit more diverse as it’s mostly American cuisine and Italian. Otherwise service was amazing.
This resort is totally amazing! Great experience for everything. The pools are beautiful, the spa is great, the food is the top. Everything provide a wonderful and amazing experience here! I may say that this place in my top 5 places I have ever been to.
Everything about this resort is perfection. The massage at the spa was the best. The service at every instance was impeccable. My room was really spacious and included a gas fireplace, as well as a nice size balcony with 2 comfortable lounge chairs and an ocean view. The one downside is that it is a bit of a walk to the beach but transportation is available at no cost. Views from all over the resort are breathtaking. D