The Resort at Pelican Hill Review - Simply Perfezione

“The possibility of perfection.” That is the maxim at The Resort at Pelican Hill and that statement lets you know the lofty standards that Pelican Hill has set for themselves. After a day at Pelican Hill you will find that perfection is possible and that from this day forward all resorts will be measured by your experience at this awe-inspiring resort.

It is difficult to surpass Newport Beach when it comes to a luxurious lifestyle, beauty and the ability to pamper you. Somehow within Newport Beach, Pelican Hill has taken all of those experiences to an even higher level, providing you with a truly once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Pelican Hill was inspired by the work of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and as soon as you enter the gates, you will find yourself entering the majestic Italian lifestyle that has been created within the hills of Newport Beach. Every detail at Pelican Hill was thought out and planned to perfection to create a truly authentic setting. As you make your way through the resort you can marvel at the original artwork, the hand-cut and carved limestone from Italy for the fireplaces and the texture of the walls created from Venetian plaster, just to name a few of the eye-catching intricacies that enhance the visual experience. Once you get past the work that went into the creation of every structure, the view will take your eyes away from everything else and will leave you focusing on the scenic view. The design of Pelican Hill was planned so perfectly that your view from every window and every walkway is sure to be equally breathtaking.

The creativity and thought process that went into creating Pelican Hill paid off as they give you the most unique and individualistic vacation destination not only on the west coast, but in the world. The list of amenities in your villa is really too long to list but let’s just say that you will not be left wanting for anything, and just in case you do need something you just have to ring your butler who is on duty 24/7. The 128 villas come in sizes that will take care of any family, as they have two and three bedroom villas up to the amazing four bedroom, 3,581 square foot villa. Each villa includes a private terrace, most with a stunning ocean view. The accommodations are so luxurious, you just might never want to leave your villa. For those of you looking for an extended temporary residence for any reason, you certainly can make your stay longer as Pelican Hill offers an extended stay program.

Amazing Villa

The experience of Pelican Hill goes so much further than your accommodations as you can find yourself losing an entire day just walking through the resort and taking in the Mediterranean setting that has been created. As you make your way through the grounds you get taken aback by the landscape and the detail that has been taken to create this setting. The olive tree is the focal point of the landscape and throughout Pelican Hill you can find 750 mature olive trees. Again going the extra mile, among these 750 olive trees are thirty century-old trees that really provide character and let you feel as if Pelican Hill has been here for centuries.

The location of Pelican Hill gives you the perfect opportunity to head down to San Diego, visit Disneyland or make your way up to downtown Los Angeles. However, once you make your way through the magnificent entrance and get onto the grounds, you will find yourself having to be dragged away to even think of leaving Pelican Hill. If you are looking for a marvelous way to spend the day, you can leave the work to Pelican Hill and you can enjoy the Pelican Hill Beach Experience. Pelican Hill will shuttle you from the resort lobby to Crystal Cove, they will provide you with towels, sunscreen, water and even beach toys. Finally they will set up full-service chairs and an umbrella so all you have to do is show up and enjoy your day at the beach.

Dining on the Terrace at Andrea

When it comes to kids, Pelican Hill has plenty to make them feel as though this is their vacation and that it was planned just for them. For the smaller kids ages 4-12 there is Camp Pelican, an amazing kids club that will keep them entertained and leave them at the end of the day asking what is on for tomorrow. In addition to the normal activities, you just never know what special activities they might surprise you with, such as experiences sea creatures or getting to try your hand at making fresh pasta.

Camp Pelican

For the older kids, Pelican Hill offers a Teen Adventure Program that allows them to take part in some unique experiences off-property including kayaking, surfing lessons, paddle boarding and biking. With the beach as its neighbor, Pelican Hill gives you every chance to take advantage of its proximity to the ocean.

The two 18-hole golf courses were originally designed in the early 1990’s by acclaimed golf course designer Tom Fazio. Still striving for perfection Pelican Hill invited Fazio back in 2005 to refine the course and two years later he had “re-perfected” the 36 holes, taking the golf course to an even higher level and up to the standard that they were setting for the entire resort. Both courses are picturesque and the only problem that you will have will be keeping focus on your golf game and not being distracted at every turn by the natural beauty surrounding the course.

Beautiful View on the Golf Course

Relaxation has to be on your daily menu and you can start things off at the 23,000 square foot spa. The moment you walk in you can’t help but feel relaxed in the tranquil setting and they provide an endless menu of services to complete your day. In addition they have a full fitness center that also offers a number of great classes throughout the day. If you want to start off your day in a spectacular way, they offer a daily beach walk that gives you a workout and a tour at the same time. You have to make sure you take in some of the California sun and there is no better place to do that than at the world’s largest circular pool. A stunning sight, it is 136 feet in diameter and pool floor is made up of 1.1 million glass mosaic tiles. Combine that with fantastic cabanas and first-class poolside service, you will feel like you are in heaven.

Spa Relaxation Room

A long day of enjoying all that Pelican Hill has to offer will leave you ready for dinner and there are several great options for you to take advantage of. Executive Chef Jean Pierre Dubray is responsible for the three restaurants and two cafés on the resort grounds. Andrea would certainly be the restaurant to visit to take in the Italian experience. You will find original Italian dishes, an amazing wine list and Andrea also has a temperature-controlled pasta room to provide you with fresh homemade pasta every day. The Pelican Grill has a more typical California dining menu and has a great setting. You will find an open kitchen which is a sight in itself and it also has a great lounge with two nine-foot televisions to take in your favorite game. The Coliseum is a little more casual and located poolside, this is a perfect spot to dine outside with the family and take in a beautiful California sunset. In addition to the amazing food, the best thing about the restaurants at Pelican Hill as that the menus are all very affordable. Don’t think you have to stay at Pelican Hill to enjoy these restaurants, if you are spending the day at Newport Beach and looking for a place to eat any of these restaurants would be a fantastic choice and they also provide complimentary valet parking.

Coliseum Pool

Finally if you want to stay in for the night and enjoy your amazing villa, you have a gourmet kitchen, refrigerator and cookware so you can cook up anything your heart desires. What might be the best option of all is to have personal chef prepare a customized meal for you. You can’t get much more pampered than that.

What would all of the beauty and luxury of Pelican Hill be without service? By the time you have finished your stay, you might leave thinking even more fondly of the staff at Pelican Hill than you do the surroundings. Have a butler at your call any of the hour of the day is a luxury, but the rest of the resort staff is equally attentive. Every person on the staff at Pelican Hill was gracious and helpful and I’d have to say if they saw you more than once I would venture to say they knew your name. That really would have to be the story of Pelican Hill, 504 acres, 128 villas and yet you are made to feel as if the entire resort was yours and yours alone.

Now while nothing in life is truly perfect, you just might leave Pelican Hill saying you had the perfect vacation and as you are leaving you will be left longing for your next visit.

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