THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL EARNS NEWPORT BEACH’S ONLY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE FIVE STAR AWARDS

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – February 26, 2013 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® and The Spa at Pelican Hill® have both achieved one of the highest global hospitality ratings by earning Five Stars in the 55th annual ratings by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide. Located along the coast of Newport Beach in sunny Southern California, Pelican Hill is the first and only Five-Star property in Newport Beach, among just 76 worldwide to earn the top Forbes Five Star Award this year.

“For the past four years, guests from near and far have counted The Resort at Pelican Hill among the world’s best for luxurious escapes with world-class amenities, personalized service and endless ocean views,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “It is the passion, dedication and professionalism of our talented staff that has placed Pelican Hill in a class of its own as Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort and only Five-Star spa.”

The Spa at Pelican Hill earned its fourth consecutive Five Star Award this year and maintains its distinction as the only Five-Star spa in Newport Beach, as well as one of just 35 worldwide to earn the top Forbes Travel Guide rating this year.

“The Forbes Travel Guide annual Star Awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality. Travelers seeking exceptional experiences rely on our ratings to guide them to the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Michael Cascone, President and COO of Forbes Travel Guide. “By continuing to evolve our ratings categories, we are establishing a global benchmark for the highest standards in hospitality service and facilities.”

Since opening in late 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill has earned numerous accolades, including America’s Top Resort and California’s Top Resort Spa in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. A complete listing of current accolades and awards, including acclaim from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, Golf Digest and Los Angeles Times, is available at www.pelicanhill.com/Pressroom_Awards.

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. The information gathered from the inspectors’ visits can be found along with content by curated hospitality experts, tastemakers, Forbes Travel Guide editors and correspondents at Startle.com, online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

About Pelican Hill®

Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features:128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100″ World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company

The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.

Press Contact

KATE STARR
kstarr@pelicanhill.com
949.467.6833