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A Defining Decade A Defining Decade

A Defining Decade

November 26, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of The Resort at Pelican Hill. Perched above the coast of Newport Beach, this Italian Renaissance-inspired seaside village has inspired unforgettable moments for guests from every corner of the world as well as from around our local community.

What sets Pelican Hill apart? Take a stroll down memory lane with us to find out, as we revisit, through stunning photography and the words of our guests and employees, the most colorful chapters of our story so far. It’s a story that we invite you to help write, so that, 10 years hence, when we publish the next set of chapters, you, too, will be able to find yourself in these pages.

Every employee at Pelican Hill has treated me like royalty, every time I’ve ever stepped foot on the property, regardless of whether I was staying overnight, or just popping in to enjoy the views and a cup of coffee.
Todd C. (2016)

10 Years—And We've Loved Every Moment

Our First Guests Arrived In November 2008

“As good as it gets! This is the best resort there is. The service is outstanding, the rooms are amazing. The pool is the best. This is the ultimate romantic getaway!”
-Kimberly C. (2008)

Inspired by one of Italy’s Best

The relaxed comfort of Pelican Hill takes inspiration from the work of 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, best known for his grand homes across the Venetian countryside. The beauty and harmony you feel is the result of thousands of small details—from the Italian plaster finish that enhances with age to the hand-made terra cotta finials sculpted by a master ceramicist to century-old olive trees throughout the Resort.

Iconic Coliseum Pool

Inspired by the timeless curves of the Roman Colosseum, and featuring 1.1 million hand-cut glass tiles, the circular pool is surrounded by an amphitheater of vaulted arches, cornished columns and terraced seating that affords an individual vista to each guest.

Authentic Italian Touches

Whether it’s a scoop of gelato on a warm Southern California day or home-made pasta made by Andrea’s in-house pastaia, you’ll experience a true taste of Italy in the heart of Newport Coast.

62,050 gallons of artisan gelato have been churned in the Resort’s Gelato Laboratory.

An Experience Tailored for You

“The services staff is superb … every single person goes out of their way to treat you like royalty. They call you by name. The facility itself is gorgeous and romantic, especially at night.”
-Craig L. (2011)

More than 100 original employees from the 2008 opening still work at The Resort today

A Magnificent Meeting of Land and Sea

Over 500 million gallons of water have been conserved throughout the Resort using a sustainable water quality management system. In addition, Pelican Hill is surrounded by acres of permanently preserved open space which includes the scenic beaches of Crystal Cove.

North Golf Course

Every Hole is a Signature 

Pelican Hill Golf Club was re-perfected by the original designer, Tom Fazio, the year before the opening of the Resort. Today’s modern technology allowed our teams to add extensive filtration systems, lay down a layer of sandy topsoil, and thin out much of the vegetation to allow for more ocean views throughout the courses.

77 million strokes have been taken on our two Fazio-designed golf courses.

Every Day is a Wedding Day

“The Resort is very generous with staff and delivers superb service. Everyone has a can-do attitude and spirit that makes them perfect partners in creating meaningful and stunning weddings, be they small or large, simple or lavish.”
-Wedding Planner Paula Laskelle of Champagne Taste

625 breathtaking weddings under the iconic Rotunda.
Bungalow Patio

Awards & Accolades

Pelican Hill is honored to receive the following prestigious awards:

Reader’s Choice Awards “Top Southern California Resorts”
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER “Top 100 Best in the World 2010”
Travel + Leisure “Top 10 Resort Hotels in California”


Spa Massage

Relaxation at its Finest

For 10 consecutive years, The Spa has earned the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. Guests enter under a dramatic, 28-foot Palladian rotunda where an immense water wall creates a tranquil sound to start their voyage of renewal and indulgence

Over 170,000 massages and body treatments have been enjoyed at the Spa.

The Most Wonderful Time of Year

“I start thinking about what we can do for the following year as soon as the gingerbread house goes on display.”
-Pastry Chef Jeff Lehuede

The Resort creates a 7-foot-tall Gingerbread Village that wows holiday guests from across the globe every year.

Create Your Story

The Ultimate Pelican Hill Package

Relish in the Pelican Hill experience with our over-the-top room package including:
– Two-night stay in a Four Bedroom Villa
– Celebratory Champagne & Caviar Welcome Amenity
– Ferrari Rental for Duration of Stay
– Poolside Dinner for Two in a Private Cabana
– $400 Spa/Golf Credit

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10 Year Celebration Package

Commemorate a decade of exceptional experiences with the following special inclusions:
– Overnight Accommodations in a Bungalow or Villa
– Celebratory Welcome Amenity
– $100 Spa/Golf Credit
– Waived Resort Fee
– Complimentary Parking

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Celebrating Every Moment at #PelicanHillResort






Photo provided by Dae Park

So much I could say about this heavenly resort. From the sheer size of it to the grandeur, to the impeccably maintained landscape, the views, the top-notch customer service…. Really, it’s over the top in every possible way.
Douglass R. (2017)

The Best Years are Ahead

Every day you spend at Pelican Hill is an opportunity to spend time with those you love, doing what you love. The Resort and its surrounding areas are filled to the brim with attractions for you and yours to explore.

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