THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL APPOINTS LAURA PARSONS AS SPA DIRECTOR
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – July 31, 2018 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announced the appointment of Spa Director Laura Parsons. Parsons will lead The Spa at Pelican Hill®, Newport Beach’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa, in delivering relaxing, renewing and invigorating spa experiences to guests from near and far.
“As the Spa moves into its tenth year of nurturing minds, bodies and souls, Laura’s leadership will guide our team of spa, salon and wellness professionals in creating inspirational spa memories that keep our guests coming back often,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Tom Donovan. “Laura brings valuable expertise in Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star standards, business and brand development, operational and sales training, wellness menu development, retail management and much more.”
Parsons joins Pelican Hill from ESPA International, where she led a large portfolio of spa partners as Director of Operations – The Americas. Previously, she held spa director roles with Hotel ZaZa’s two Texas locations and La Posada de Santa Fe, a RockResort. She is a Member of the ISPA Board of Directors and an alumna of the University of Kentucky and Aveda Fredric’s Institute.
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 (2013 & 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 (2015 Readers’ Poll); in Golf Magazine’s Premier Resorts 2016-2017; and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2015).
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 known as the Coastal Collection includes Newport Beach’s Fashion Island Hotel; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
About Irvine Company
Irvine Company is a diversified, privately held real-estate investment company and master-planner—highly respected for its stewardship and master planning of The Irvine Ranch in Orange County, Calif. With operations throughout coastal California, Irvine Company plans and brings to life balanced, sustainable communities with a full range of housing, job and retail centers, schools, recreation, and permanently preserved open space. Irvine Company is committed to long-term ownership and management of a high-quality portfolio—the breadth and quality of which is unmatched in the industry—with each individual property positioned at the top of its class.
As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated nearly 60 percent of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch—57,000 acres—to permanently preserve these lands. The company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch from Mexican and Spanish land grants.
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