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Newport Beach’s First and Only Five-Star Resort Earns Top Regional Honor for Fourth Consecutive Year, Since Debuting on Luxury Travel Magazine’s Annual Rankings

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – October 15, 2013 – Condé Nast Traveler readers have ranked The Resort at Pelican Hill® as Southern California’s Top Resort in the luxury travel magazine’s globally respected survey. Published annually in the November issue, the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards feature regional rankings, in which Pelican Hill earned a score of 94.7 to top the Southern California resorts list.

“As the world’s most discerning travelers seek out gracious, thoughtful, personalized and unprecedented experiences, Pelican Hill consistently aims to exceed guests’ expectations as a singular luxury Resort destination designed for the next 100 years and beyond,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “This fourth consecutive honor from Condé Nast Traveler readers inspires us to continue raising the bar for our guests, as The Resort at Pelican Hill approaches its fifth anniversary this autumn.”

Condé Nast Traveler readers named Pelican Hill Southern California’s Top Resort in 2012 and Top U.S. Resort in 2011, based upon the previous Readers’ Choice Awards format that included national lists, rather than the regional rankings format introduced last year. After becoming eligible for the 2010 awards survey, Pelican Hill debuted on the list as one of two top U.S.resorts ranked in the November 2010 issue. During the Resort’s first year open, Condé Nast Traveler named Pelican Hill to its 2009 Hot List, which serves as an annual insiders’ guide to the world’s best new properties based upon incognito editors’ visits.

Condé Nast Traveler’s 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards honor the world’s best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts, voted on by 80,000 of the world’s most discerning travelers. The complete results of this year’s Readers’ Choice Survey appear in the magazine’s November issue.

Since opening in late November 2008, Pelican Hill has earned numerous accolades, including the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award and top honors from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, Golf Digest and Los Angeles Times. A complete listing of current accolades and awards is available at

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.