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The Resort at Pelican Hill

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • paradise for golfers
  • a gracious, attentive staff

    Cons

  • sky-high prices, even for a swanky resort
  • common areas can feel cold

The Resort at Pelican Hill Review

This new ultra-glam resort, which opened in 2008, allows golfers to stay at Pelican Hill, one of the state's most renowned links with 36 championship holes designed by Tom Fazio. Adjacent to Crystal Cove State Park, the resort has 204 bungalow suites, each a minimum of 847 square feet with Italian limestone fireplaces and marble baths, built into terraced hillsides overlooking the Pacific; the resort's 128 villas are larger than most suburban homes and staffed with butlers 24/7. With its wraparound terraces, the Coliseum Pool (inspired by the Roman landmark) is a spectacular focal point. Soothe sore muscles at a 23,000-square-foot spa after a day on the course before enjoying a sunset dinner from the Andrea Ristorante, one of the area's most opulent dining rooms. Kids are treated like VIPs, too; Camp Pelican, a separate facility, has all sorts of games and activities for young 'uns.

    Hotel Details

  • 204 bungalows and suites, 128 villas.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-22-2011

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