The Experience

The Resort at Pelican Hill

On the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, The Resort at Pelican Hill sits perched upon 504 acres of sun-drenched hillsides. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, the resort village features expansive hotel accommodations with panoramic views of the Pacific. Here, golf, spa and gourmet dining find exquisite expression. The Resort is about 45 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport and 15 minutes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.   Newport Coast is home to Crystal Cove State Park that features 3.5 miles of sandy beaches and it is also close to all the entertainment and sporting attractions in Southern California.


Pelican Hill offers 204 expansive bungalows tucked thoughtfully into terraced hillsides. This affords them unobstructed views of the fairways and sea.   Each one-story Bungalow or Bungalow Suite features a limestone fireplace, private ocean-view terrace, hand-hewn wood beam ceiling, marble bath and adjacent parking. They are a spacious 847 to 1,694 square feet, Gardenview or Oceanview.  The Resort’s bungalow suites are filled with so many features that guests might find it difficult to leave.

  • Golf course and ocean-view terraces
  • 16-foot vaulted, rustic wood-beam ceilings
  • Italian limestone fireplaces
  • Travertine flooring throughout
  • Plush, feather-top beds with European-style linens
  • Deep soaking tubs and separate, marble walk-in showers
  • Elegant granite countertops
  • Double sinks
  • Lavish bath robes and slippers
  • High-speed wireless Internet connections
  • 42″-50″ plasma TVs
  • Bose stereo systems (CD/DVD capable)
  • Multi-line telephone capabilities with speaker phone access
  • Granite wet bars with refrigerator
  • In-room safes
  • Private parking space at the entrance of each bungalow

The Villa Club:

The Villas offer Two (2,193 sq. ft), Three (2,573 sq.ft) or Four (3,581 sq. ft) bedrooms and expansive ocean-view terraces.  Although our resort accommodations are residential in design, there is no real estate for sale. At Pelican Hill, everyone is a guest.  These elegant residences are served graciously by their own staff for the duration of your stay. They offer a more intimate way to experience the warmth and luxury of Pelican Hill. In addition to the resort amenities, North & South Villa guests enjoy their own clubhouse and pool, as well as our distinctive Villa Services Program.

The exclusive Villa Clubhouse provides 10,000 square feet of private luxury for guests staying at The Villas. Pamper yourself with extensive and sumptuous amenities.  A large Great Room features plush seating, an elegant limestone fireplace, a comfy reading area and game tables.   If the sun beckons, you can lounge by the dramatic glass-tile pool while enjoying one of the most spectacular views at The Resort. Indulge in the spa and wading pool. Escape from the sun in the luxurious, poolside cabanas offering private lounges, dining tables, ceiling fans and TVs. Or take advantage of the state-of-the-art fitness center.  Savor our gourmet selections poolside, in the Dining Room, or on the spacious outdoor terrace with stunning vistas.

The Villa Program is meticulously designed to create a highly personalized experience. By understanding your desires and preferences, your villa coordinator concierge, butler and housekeeper will customize your entire visit for you. They are personally assigned to you and have one single purpose – to provide you with the most exceptional service not found anywhere else.  From an intimate couple’s weekend to a multi-generational family vacation, every visit has been anticipated.  Our philosophy is simple: if it can be done, it will be done. It’s a standard that’s likely to redefine and elevate the notion of hospitality.

Dining Experiences:

Allow the dramatic views and impeccable service of Pelican Hill™ to enrich your every dining experience. From the distinct flavors of Northern Italy, to the freshness of California cuisine, Pelican Hill presents inviting al fresco dining for every moment and mood. Our exclusive team of fine chefs has designed a full array of original creations and menus to surpass your highest expectations andcomplement your relaxing resort stay.

All three restaurants and two cafés offer exquisite fare in an al fresco setting. Every meal can be enjoyed inside or outside on the heated ocean-view terraces.  Restaurants include Pelican Grill, Andrea, Caffè, Caffè II and Coliseum Grill.

Andrea – Our signature restaurant, offers fare inspired by the finest dining houses in Northern Italy.  Luxurious banquettes, ocean views and lush palms capture the essence of the coast.

Pelican Grill – This American grill offers fresh California cuisine in a classic, relaxed club ambience. With its display kitchen, onyx bar and ocean views, it’s a 19th hole worthy of the grandeur of Pelican Hill.

Coliseum Pool & Grill – Poolside dining inside or under the shade of a cabana with views that stretch from our fairways to the horizon of the Pacific – this is casual coastal lifestyle at its best.

Caffe – An espresso bar serving fresh breakfast bakeries, homemade gelatos, gourmet pastries and Italian coffee.  Guests relax in the warmth of the wood paneled dining area with floor to ceiling windows or on the terrace overlooking the golf courses and Pacific.

Caffe II – A complete espresso bar designed especially for the golf clubhouse – a perfect way to relax before or after a round on the links.

Pelican Hill Golf Club:

When Tom Fazio meticulously placed 36 holes among natural arroyos and coastal scrub, he created a masterpiece. The Ocean North and Ocean South courses offer different playing experiences but share one thing: the view. Every hole has been designed to maximize the dramatic sight of the Pacific.  Facilities include a clubhouse, men and women’s locker rooms, Golf Shop, Caffè II and Pelican Grill & Lounge.  There are a variety of classes and clinics available on request.   Pelican Hill is proud to offer an exemplary Forecaddie Program to enhance your golf experience.

The Spa at Pelican Hill:

Our Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond wellness retreat, The Spa at Pelican Hill, features a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies, seasonal treatments and a one-of-a-kind Balanced Wellness Retreat with celebrity fitness consultant Ashley Borden. Our spa includes 22 private treatment rooms, a full salon and private salon treatment room, as well as ample areas for rest and relaxation.  OurAcqua Colonnade features steam, sauna and whirlpool, and is complimentary to resort guests receiving treatments.  We also offer classes and experiences to make the most of our coastal location.


Our iconic Coliseum Pool is one of the world’s largest circular pools, with tiered decks and luxurious cabana suites. More than one million glass mosaic tiles were laid by hand to form a perfect circle 136 feet in diameter. Inspired by Rome’s magnificent namesake, it features terraced seating, private cabanas with televisions and other creature comforts, and a restaurant. This pool will become the social hub of the resort, as guests lounge amid spectacular vistas of the golf course and ocean.
Children have a pool they can call their own, where they can entertain themselves with volleyball, a water play area,  and a clubroom.  Camp Pelican is adjacent to the Coliseum pool.

The Villa clubhouse is reserved exclusively for Villa guests and features a pool with cabanas and gracious indoor and outdoor spaces that extend a luxurious, residential experience to every guest. Views from the clubhouse will be some of the best on the property.  

Camp Pelican:

Camp Pelican is a unique and exciting adventure for younger guests who visit our Resort.  Camp Pelican offers activities such as arts and crafts, sand castle building, dance lessons and yoga to spark your child’s creativity and imagination. Our ultimate goal is to be pro-active and cater to the individual needs of each child.  Camp Pelican is a comforting and inviting retreat with bean bags, comfortable chairs, and soft carpeting, making it feel like a home away from home. Two big screen HDTVs, popular video games, karaoke and iPod accessories will complete the home entertainment provisions. Digital microscopes and complete iMAC computer stations may be utilized for exploratory activities. Age appropriate books, magazines and board games will also be provided as secondary entertainment.

Camp Pelican consists of two different age groups.  The Kid’s Club is designed for children age 4-12, and the Teen Adventure program is our exclusive camp for young adults aged 13-17.

Other facilities/activities:

Two fitness centers located at The Spa and the Villa Club are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.   There are a variety of activities planned for each day that take advantage of our beautiful coastal setting such as: complimentary fitness walks and yoga classes.

Crystal Cove State Park features hundreds of acres of lush, wooded canyons and open bluffs overlooking superb ocean vistas. Numerous trails wind through the park, making it a celebrated site for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. The unspoiled beach at Crystal Cove is a 3.5-mile stretch of California coastline framed by sandy coves and tide-pools with a protected marine park. The newly opened historic district features restored beach cottages, a visitor center with gift shop and relaxed beachfront dining.

Newport Harbor

One of the finest small boat harbors in the world, this picturesque waterway is framed by bluffs, sandy beaches, rocky coves and islands. It can accommodate all manner of boats.

Upper Newport Bay

The Newport Aquatic Center offers kayak rentals and tours,

enabling our guests to explore Newport Bay and get closer to the estuary birds and wildlife. The area surrounding the bay includes several hiking and mountain bicycling trails.

Fashion Island

Fashion Island is home to nearly 200 specialty shops, restaurants and outstanding department stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus. Southern California’s premier shopping destination features 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment.

The Pageant of the Masters

A highlight of the annual arts calendar, these shows are

sold-out every summer. The annual tableau vivant

celebration features local volunteers recreating true-life

versions of famous masterpieces.  

The Festival of Arts

Celebrating 76 years in 2008, this vibrant festival is a celebration of Southern California art; all pieces are originals and are available for purchase.  
The Sawdust Art Festival

This summer and winter outdoor arts and crafts festival allows visitors to watch artists create their work and buy it directly. Several arts and crafts workshops and demonstrations are held.

An Italian-inspired seaside resort on the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, The Resort at Pelican Hill presents graceful architecture, Pacific Ocean views and landscape evoking the Mediterranean. The resort offers luxurious ocean-view accommodations. Bungalow guestrooms feature fireplaces and private terraces, as do two-, three- and four-bedroom Villas. Villas feature gourmet kitchens, a dedicated staff and exclusive private clubhouse access as well. There are also 54 holes of Tom Fazio golf, a spa, the 136-foot-in-diameter circular Coliseum Pool, five restaurants, a beach program and Camp Pelican for kids.

In the Know
A must-do at least once during your stay: Book a private cabana, complete with food and beverage service, at the inspired Coliseum Pool.Distance from Santa Ana Airport (SNA): 9 mi/15 km Guests Receive:

  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A $100 USD equivalent Golf or Spa Services credit
    • (not combinable, not valid toward retail, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, does not include taxes or gratuities)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability


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