Sunday, June 28, 2009

Resort at Pelican Hill

Have you ever been staying at a luxury resort and felt like there really wasn't much to do? It's time to combine the best of both worlds with a seaside location and two nearby towns with plenty of tourist attractions. A home-away-from-home bungalow (with a decidedly luxe air) is just the beginning of your relaxing vacation experience: there's plenty to do at one of's featured properties, Resort at Pelican Hill. Take the family or head off on a romantic couple's trip, because teens and couples alike will find fun things to do along the Newport Coast. If you can peel yourself from the massage table or pull yourself away from the golf course, you can dine at a number of traditional restaurants, walk the boardwalk or coastline, and grab a movie.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is great for a discerning guest who needs lush surroundings with luxurious options. 504 acres of land, which happen to be part of Newport Beach's most stunning coastline, are just part of the resort's appeal, and lucky guests can step outside to catch a striking sunset along the crystal blue ocean. What makes your stay at the Resort at Pelican Hill even more special is the combination of Newport Coast views with the classic palladian-inspired architecture of the resort buildings. You'll have a choice of booking bungalows or villas, but if you do go for a bungalow stay, you'll be pleased to know that has a special deal with the Resort at Pelican Hill that allows guests to get a fourth night free, and they also have bungalow and villa-specific Exclusive Complimentary Perks. Book some time in the spa while you stay at the resort—they have 22 treatment rooms—and try a round of golf at the Tom Fazio-designed golf course for a real treat. Follow up all that relaxation with. . . more relaxation! Soak in the Coliseum pool or do some lazy laps before you leave.

And in town? The Resort at Pelican Hill lies between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, so you can fire up the rental car and head in either direction. In Newport Beach, you should hunt out the Wine Lab Newport, where you can eat gourmet cheeses and try out a variety of wines (they have 200 varieties) for $25. It might be a smaller location, but it's an amazing place to swing by and sample Napa Valley picks and French selections, too. If you're the active type, you can go to Newport Beach during the day and sign up for surf lessons, where you'll see young and old alike hopping on their boards and hanging ten. Shopping is a good choice for a low-key day (after all, you might be sore after all that surfing!) and Fashion Island is considered one of the best places to shop in Southern California. Heading to Laguna Beach on another day of sightseeing? You can go to the Hortense Miller Garden if you make reservations in advance with the City of Laguna Beach Recreation, and then you can visit the Laguna Canyon Winery, which holds daytime tastings and an impressive barrel room for your tasting pleasure.

This is one luxury vacation that feels like one—regardless of the price you end up paying. Where will your first stop be while you explore the Resort at Pelican Hill?

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