Fodor's Expert Review The Resort at Pelican Hill

22701 S. Pelican Hill Rd., Newport Coast, California, 92657, USA Fodor's Choice

Built on a protected coastal enclave across the PCH from Crystal Cove State Park, this upscale Italian Renaissance–style resort is one of the most spectacular resorts in Orange County and features a dramatic domed rotunda and Tuscan columns and pilasters in the lobby. Spacious bungalow suites, each with Italian limestone fireplaces and marble baths, are built into the terraced hillside overlooking Pelican Hill golf course and the Pacific Ocean. With its wraparound terraces, the circular Coliseum Pool is the world's largest pool of this shape, and a spectacular focal point. Enjoy lunch or dinner sitting outside at the Coliseum Grill or up at Pelican Grill & Bar next to the Tom Fazio–designed Pelican Hill golf courses. Off the lobby, the Great Room is a spacious lounge area with a grand fireplace and carved limestone from Italy. The resort features a collection of more than 120 contemporary California plein air paintings commissioned specifically for Pelican Hill. Soothe sore muscles with a therapeutic massage or relaxing botanical facial at the 23,000-square-foot spa. There is a paved walking path down to PCH and Crystal Cove State Park for miles of beach walking and swimming.


  • ocean-view paradise for golfers
  • spectacular swimming pool (the largest of its kind in the world)
  • great spa and dining options


  • one of the most expensive resorts in Orange County
  • swimming pool can get very crowded during the holidays
  • pricey resort fee




Phones: 833-260--8926


204 rooms, 128 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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