IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As of June 15th, our Bungalows are open. For current Resort amenities and offerings, view here.

For information on our enhanced safety and well-being protocols, please view our Pelican Peace of Mind initiative.

For everyone’s safety: Facial coverings are required in all indoor areas and in outdoor areas when in close proximity to others.

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Press Room

For press inquiries regarding Resort images, information, interviews and media-on-assignment visits, please contact:

mail@pelicanhill.com

Kindly note that the Resort’s press contact is a resource to professional journalists. If you are not a member of the press, please direct inquiries concerning reservations, accommodations, events and other Resort information to guest services or reservations by calling 855.467.6800.
Photography and film shoots are not permitted on property and all wedding-related photography, including engagement photo shoots, is exclusive to guests who have booked their celebration through our Weddings & Catering team.  
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Recent Press Clippings

The New York Times (January 2020)
“Momcations. It’s a Thing.”
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Bloomberg (January 2020)
“For Bartenders, “Dry January” Is the Time To Get Weird”
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Travel + Leisure (November 2019)
“15 Festive Hotels That Make the Holiday Season Even More Magical”
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Pasadena Magazine (July/August 2019)
“Eleganza!”
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Orange Coast (July 2019)
“Crudo Debut”
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Midwest Golfing Magazine (Summer 2019)
“A Resort Unlike Any Other”
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Glitter Magazine (Spring 2019)
“Orange County’s Hidden Gem”
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Fairways (March 2019)
The Resort at Pelican Hill
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Modern Luxury Scottsdale (March 2019)
“Here Comes the Sun”
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Tee Times Minnesota (March 2019)
“Destination Extraordinaire”
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Sauté Magazine (Spring 2019)
King of His Craft & Recipe
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Chicago District Golfer (February 2019)
“A Slice of Heaven”
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Orange County Business Journal (February 2019)
“Pasta Perfection”
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Colorado Avid Golfer (Winter 2019)
“Spell of the Pelican”
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Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

  • Readers’ Choice 2016 & 2015: Top 20 Spa Resorts
  • Readers’ Choice 2016, 2015 & 2014: Top 20 Golf Resorts
  • Readers’ Choice 2016, 2015 & 2014: Top 20 Family Resorts
  • Grand Resort Award 2012 (January 2012)
  • Recommendation with 95 Rating (April 2011)
  • Top 20 Favorite Golf Resorts, 2012, 2011 & 2009 Reader Survey
  • Top 20 Favorite Spa Resorts, 2012 & 2011 Reader Survey
  • Top 20 Favorite Beach Resorts, 2012 Reader Survey
  • Top 20 Favorite Family Resorts, 2011 Reader Survey

Condé Nast Traveler

  • Top Southern California Resorts ranking in Readers’ Choice Awards 2018, 2017 & 2016
  • Top Southern California Resort Spa among “Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas,” Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 & 2012 (March 2014 & 2013)
  • Top Southern California Resort ranking in Readers’ Choice Awards 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Top California Resort Spa and #5 ranking in “Top 100 Resort Spas – U.S. Mainland,” Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (June 2012)
  • World’s Top-Rated Golf Resort & #1 California Golf Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (April 2012)
  • #1 U.S. Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (October 2011)
  • #1 California Golf Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 (April 2011)
  • Top 100 Best in the World (Readers’ Choice Awards) 2011 & 2010
  • Gold List 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011
  • Hot List: 2009, The Resort at Pelican Hill & The Spa at Pelican Hill

Travel + Leisure

  • Top 10 Resort Hotels in California, World’s Best Awards 2019 & 2018
  • Top Resorts in the Continental U.S., World’s Best Awards 2015, 2013, 2012 & 2011
  • 500 World’s Best Hotels 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011
  • Top 100 World’s Best Hotels 2015 & 2011
  • America’s Best Hotels 2011
  • America’s Best Coastal Hotels 2010
  • World’s Best Hotels for Families 2010
  • It List 2009

Robb Report

  • World’s Top 100 Resorts 2012
  • Best of the Best 2009

Wine Spectator

  • Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011, Andrea

Celebrated Living

  • Platinum Hotels 2011, Editor’s Mention
  • Platinum Spas 2010, Editor’s Mention

Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating

  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, The Resort at Pelican Hill
  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010, The Spa at Pelican Hill

AAA Five Diamond Award

  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010, The Resort at Pelican Hill

U.S. News

  • Top 3 Best Resorts in California 2020
  • Top 5 Best Hotels in California 2020
  • Top 10 Best Hotels in California 2019
  • Best Resorts in the USA 2020
  • Best Hotels in the USA 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012 (Gold Badge)

Golfweek

  • Best Resort Courses 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011
  • Best Courses You Can Play 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009

Golf Magazine

  • Top 100 Courses You Can Play, 2016-2017 & 2014-2015
  • Best Courses Near You, Ocean South & Ocean North, 2016-2017 & 2014-2015
  • Green Golf Resort 2012
  • Premier Resorts 2016-2017 & 2014-2015 Readers’ Choice (Gold Medal)
  • Premier Resorts 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice (Silver Medal)
  • Premier Resorts 2010-2011 Readers’ Choice (Silver Medal)

Golf Digest

  • Best Golf Academies in California Award 2019
  • Best Resort in California Award 2018 & 2019
  • Best Resorts of The Americas Editors’ Choice Award 2017 & 2016
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2017/2018, Ocean North & Ocean South
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2015/2016, Ocean North & Ocean South
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2013/2014, Ocean North & Ocean South
  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2011/2012, Ocean North & Ocean South
  • The World’s Greatest Golf 2009/2010, Ocean South
  • Best Teachers in California 2013/2014
  • Green Star Environmental Award Finalist

GolfWorld

  • Top 50 Resorts, 2009-2010 Readers’ Choice Awards

Golf Odyssey

  • Best New Resort, 2009-2010 Best Golf Vacations Destinations

Global Traveler

  • Best Golf Resort, 2013 GT Tested Reader Survey Award

Western Golf Alliance

  • Top 10 Southern California Golf Course Rankings 2012

Los Angeles Times

  • Best Southern California Golf Course, 2012 & 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Hotel (Orange County), 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Day Spa (Orange County), 2012 & 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Best Southern California Romantic Restaurant & Fine Dining, 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, Andrea
  • Best Italian Restaurant (Orange County), 2012 & 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Andrea
  • Best Southern California Hotel Bar/Lounge, 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, Andrea
  • Best Southern California Sports Bar & Grill, 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Best Sports Bar & Grill (Orange County), 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Best Outdoor/Pool Bar (Orange County), 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill
  • Best Breakfast/Brunch (Orange County), 2012 & 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill

California Wedding Day

  • Best Resort for Weddings: Orange County, 2018, 2017 & 2016
  • Best Indoor Venue: Orange County, 2015 & 2014

Entrée Travel Newsletter

  • Best U.S. Resort, Best of 2010

Orange Coast

  • Top 10 Restaurants 2012, Andrea

FORE Magazine

  • 2016 Best of SoCal Golf, Best 19th Hole and Best Cart Service

OC Metro

  • Green Team Awards 2012, Pelican Hill Golf Club

The Orange County Register

  • Best Golf Course/Driving Ranges in Best of Orange County 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010
  • Best OC Resorts in Best of Orange County 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2014
  • Best OC Day Spas 2019, 2018 & 2017
  • Best Place to Get Married in Best of Orange County 2011 & 2010

Modern Luxury Orange County

  • Best of OC Favorite Restaurants & Chefs 2017, Marco Criscuolo
  • Best of OC Top 5 Rejuvenation Retreat 2015, The Spa at Pelican Hill
  • Best of OC Readers’ Choice Favorite Boutique 2015, Allegra at Pelican Hill
  • Best of OC Readers’ Choice Favorite Chef 2015, Marco Criscuolo
  • Best New Luxury Restaurant 2009, Andrea

OC Weekly

  • Best Golf Course, Best of OC Awards, 2016, 2011 & 2009

AIMIA

  • 2016 Passion for Excellence Award

Travel Weekly

  • 2012 & 2011 Superior Deluxe Property Rating in Hotel and Travel Index Classification System

Corporate & Incentive Travel

  • 2018 & 2014 Award of Excellence

Meetings & Conventions

  • 2016 Gold Key Elite Award – Best On-Site Support Staff
  • 2014 Gold Tee Award

Smart Meetings

  • 2020 Best Incentive Hotel Smart Stars Award
  • 2019 Best Hotel Pools Smart Stars Award
  • 2018, 2012 & 2010 Platinum Choice Awards
  • 2014 & 2013 Best Coastal Hotels Smart Star Bronze Award

Successful Meetings

  • 2014 Pinnacle Award

Insurance & Financial Meetings Management

  • World Class Award 2015 & 2014

Spa Magazine

  • Favorite New Spa, 2009 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards

Elite Traveler

  • 101 Top Hotel Suites 2014
  • 101 Top Hotel Suites 2009

TripAdvisor

  • Top 10 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the United States, 2011 Travelers’ Choice Best Hotels
  • Award of Excellence 2014, 2013 & 2012, The Resort at Pelican Hill
  • Award of Excellence 2013 & 2012, Pelican Hill Golf Club
  • Award of Excellence 2014, 2013 & 2012, Andrea Ristorante
  • Award of Excellence 2014 & 2013, Pelican Grill
  • Award of Excellence 2014, 2013, Coliseum Pool & Grill

Zagat

  • 2013 Los Angeles/ So. California Restaurants
  • Top Décor in Orange County, Andrea & Pelican Grill

GAYOT.com

  • Top 10 Wedding Hotels in Orange County 2015
  • 5 Golden Keys Rating (Resort)
  • Top 10 U.S. Romantic Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County (CA) Hotels 2012
  • Top 10 Orange County (CA) Romantic Hotels 2012
  • Top 10 Orange County Romantic Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Chef’s Table Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Italian Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Food Rating Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Wine List Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Star Spotting Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Outdoor Dining Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County View Restaurants 2012, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County View Restaurants 2012, Coliseum Pool & Grill

OpenTable

  • Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America, 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill
  • OpenTable 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards, Top 100 Best Restaurants in the United States, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for Italian Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea
  • Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for American Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for Best Ambiance, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill
  • Top 10 Orange County/ Los Angeles Restaurants for American Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Best Ambiance, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Best Service, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill
  • Great for Lunch, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill
  • Top 50 U.S. Restaurants for Best Italian Cuisine, 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea
  • Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S., 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea