Why You Should Hightail It to This Newport Beach Resort

Sep 24, 2018

To some, Newport Beach is synonymous with summer. And you can see why, given the balmy-day bustle of the West Coast's largest recreational harbor, the seasonal south swells that lure body surfers to the fabled Wedge—or simply the surplus of amazing spots to unfurl a beach towel and bliss out.

But fall is actually an ideal time to visit, not only because of the event lineup (consider OCtoberfest Orange County and the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, for starters)—but also because of the exclusive deals we’ve negotiated for you at one of the area’s most beloved resorts: the Five-Star, Five-Diamond and 504-acre Pelican Hill, which commands a prime position above the famed Crystal Cove State Park.

Whether you’re day-tripping from LA or San Diego or flying in for a quick getaway, here’s the deal (five of them, actually).

No matter what kind of accommodations you book—from a Garden Bungalow to an Ocean Villa—you'll get deep discounts, stellar service and amenities that range from feather-top beds to limestone fireplaces and marble soaking tubs. Though leaving your newfound nest will be accordingly rough, bear in mind that you'll also have credit to use at the spa and golf course.

 

 

Dine at the Coliseum Pool and Grill,  and you’ll have views of both the namesake pool (one of the largest circular pools on earth) and the Pacific. The terrace is heated, so alfresco’s the way to go. As for the menu, it’s fresh and seasonal, with such standouts as the fried chicken sandwich with applewood bacon, Swiss cheese and Sriracha aioli—and grilled sea bass with quinoa tabbouleh and smoked Tomato vinaigrette. 

 

The treatment menu at the Forbes Five-Star Spa at Pelican Hill is stacked with standouts, but you can't go wrong with the Amber Gold Signature Massage (especially if you like a good dry-brushing to start). No matter what treatment you book, you'll have  access to herbal steam rooms, saunas, saltwater soaking tubs, the fitness center—and wellness classes that range from yoga to a Crystal Cove fitness walk.

 

 

To give Southern California a taste of Northern Italy, Andrea spares no effort, starting with the temperature-controlled Cucina della Pasta (pasta kitchen) where the house ravioli, tagliatelle, gnocchi and other carbacious favoriti are hand-crafted daily. Be sure to order salad, too, if for no other reason than the century-old Balsamic vinegar you'll taste in the process. Whatever you choose, its perfect pairing is no doubt somewhere in the entryway collection of 1,200 Italian wines.

 
For something more NorCal than NorItal, head to the Napa-inspired Pelican Grill, where your ocean views come with California wines and locally-sourced specialities such as the Gonestraw Farms half-roasted chicken with shelling beans, braised greens, pickled mustard seeds and natural jus—or the braised short ribs with brussels sprouts, cippolini onions, farro, celery root purée and pickled celery ribbons.
 
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