By Rita Goldberg
Since opening nearly ten years ago, The Resort at Pelican Hill has played host to Red Carpet regulars, professional athletes, international royals, U.S. Presidents and global dignitaries as well as numerous billionaire jet setters seeking to enjoy the posh amenities at this world class resort. But locals, in need of an easy access reprieve, can relish an array of the resort’s offerings, daycation style.
World class golf, exclusive spa treatments, fine dining and cocktails, while enjoying one of the best views in town, are among the activities available to luxury experience seekers. Classes and tours, family friendly children’s activities and even poolside lounging, during low season, are also available to non-guests at this breathtaking gem of a resort.
Rated the world’s Top Golf Resort, winner of the Green Hall of Fame and recipient of numerous best course and instruction awards, the 36 hole, ocean view from every stance, 400 acre, perfectly manicured Tom Fazio designed courses, known as Ocean North and Ocean South, offer an unsurpassed playing experience rarely available at a public course. Those wishing to learn or perfect their skills, can enroll in small group classes that include the Ladies’ Summer Golf Academy and Family Fun Golf Instruction, or sign up for private or semi-private lessons.
Upon entry, a dramatic 28-foot Palladian rotunda signifies the opulence in store at the Five-Star, 23,000 square foot spa known for its renowned global organic and seasonal product infused therapies. The lavishly designed Acqua Colonnade features herbal steam rooms, saunas and whirlpool soaking tubs. Massages, full body exfoliating scrubs, moisturizing wraps and rejuvenating facials are on the menu. The posh relaxation room offers an idyllic spot to cozy up with an aprés treatment flute of champagne.
Eat and Drink
From Tuscan inspired delicacies to casual al fresco dining, appetites will be sated with the many options available. Freshly sourced seasonal ingredients and house made menu items add to the culinary appeal of each meal.
For a taste of Northern Italy, Andrea Ristorante, known for its on the premises, handmade pasta, is a great dining option. For a unique epicurean experience, the newly introduced risotto wheel that allows diners to customize the fresh ingredient enhancements, is highly recommended.
Burgers and flat screen TV’s, small plates with musical entertainment, outdoor terrace dining with forever views and creamy homemade exotic flavored gelatos are among the options for those who want to socialize over a bite at the resort.
Activities and More…
Channel your inner artist at one of the seasonal Painting & Prosecco parties, where canvas, painting supplies, and instruction by Art Guru Timree Gold are supplied, along with bottomless Prosecco. Participants are offered a 30% discount on same-day dining as an added bonus.
The weekly Art & Architecture Tour is a guided 45-minute walking tour for aficionados of Palladian architecture and italian inspired art. Learn the stories of the resort’s collection of antiques, Renaissance tapestries, plein air paintings and more during this guided cultural stroll.
The back kitchen of Andrea Ristorante is host to The Art of Pasta Making, a unique opportunity to learn how to make pasta from scratch. Participants enjoy an hour of hands-on instruction with the in-house pastaia and then get to dine on their creations, served during a two-course lunch.
Memory making family time, during another hallmark activity, Princess Tea & Story Time, will delight younger members of your brood. Enjoy a magical afternoon tea accompanied by a special princess appearance and readings of classic children’s story books by the fireside of the Great Room.
Cabana rentals, subject to availability, has been the best kept secret in town. Enjoy Coliseum Pool privileges accompanied by food and bar service while you and your group luxuriate in your flat screen TV and Bose music system- equipped, private enclave.
Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast
All Photography Courtesy of Pelican Hill