Relaxed, easy-going and with a sun-drenched coastline, California has more in common with Italy than you may first think. In fact, the United States' golden coast and Europe’s sophisticated Mediterranean peninsula are a match made in heaven when it comes to The Resort at Pelican Hill, located on the Newport Coast.
Combining California’s cool sense of lifestyle with the Italian passion for elegance, this timeless resort oozes breezy glamour, offering a coastal hideaway in which to escape to another world. Just a ten-minute drive from Fashion Island – a certified Mecca for style-addicts and shopaholics – it’s no wonder that this is one of the most sought-after spots on the west coast, making it an Elegant Resorts favourite for migrating to this spring.
Immaculately designed, you could dedicate a whole afternoon to simply appreciating the details of The Resort at Pelican Hill. Inspired by the beauty of the ‘old country’, every effort has been made to transpose a piece of Italy’s intangible air of rustic-yet-refined beauty into California’s undeniably hip beach scene. Not only was the architecture based on the legendary work of Andrea Palladio, finished with Italian plaster and handmade terracotta finials, but the groves of lavender, cypress, fig trees, pine trees and hundred-year-old olive trees transport all who catch their fragrance on the ocean breeze away on an unexpected pastoral daydream.
Most impressive, though, is the Coliseum Pool. Admirably inspired by its namesake, the bottom is lined with over a million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles, while the pool edge is hemmed with private furnished cabanas, available by reservation for Bungalow and Villa guests exclusively.
Just like Italy, The Resort at Pelican Hill promises to serve up a tantalising feast at the dinner table, emphasising its delectable ‘farm-to-table’ ingredients and fresh, seasonal menu offerings. Pizzas by the pool, handmade pasta eaten under the warm Pacific breeze or flavours of Napa Valley served alfresco on the ocean-view terrace... you are sure to feel moved by these divine gastronomic delights.
If you prefer to craft your own cuisine, there is also a full menu of epicurean experiences to keep foodies’ hands busy. Join the in-house pastaia to create your own lobster tortellini, build your own Bloody Mary with an assortment of hot sauces, garnishes and toppings, or simply stop by the Bubbly & Bruschetta Bar to enjoy a glass of prosecco and discuss your favourite dishes with like-minded food-fanatics!
Proudly featuring two of Tom Fazio’s best golf courses, boasting breathtaking panoramic ocean vistas under the glorious California sunshine, The Resort at Pelican Hill is the perfect place for golf fans to hide away this spring.
And, if you are always on the lookout for ways to improve your technique, Glen Deck and his expert team of PGA professionals host a fantastic Golf Academy, giving guests the opportunity to learn from the best. The academy features a body assessment, offering recommended stretching techniques, plus balance and posture analysis and a flexibility clinic – this is the place to seriously take your game to the next level!
Find your Perfect Balance
Italy might have ‘la dolce vita’, but California is known for leading the way in the contemporary lifestyle movement – with all that sun, sand and freshly grown fruit and vegetables, it’s hard not to feel good!
The Resort at Pelican Hill brings the best of both worlds. The sweet life waits at the spa, where treatments are based around the three pillars of relaxation, replenishment and invigoration, making up the Forbes Five-Star-rated pampering experience you have always dreamed of. For a taste of Italy, try the Body Gelato, with seasonal ingredients, or to get that sun-kissed west coast look straight from a magazine, try the California Sugar Glow body polish.
With over five hundred acres of stunning coastal land, The Resort at Pelican Hill is also a fantastic place to embark on a wellness journey. Set along three-and-a-half miles of the beautiful Crystal Cove State Park coastline, swim, surf and stroll your way to happier days, or join in with one of the many lifestyle and fitness classes, including boot camps, meditation, sports conditioning and yoga therapeutics.
If there is one thing America does best, it’s ramping up the fun! Children of all ages are bound to love Camp Pelican, making The Resort at Pelican Hill ideal for all ages. Ages four to twelve years can make new friends in classic all-American fashion, with a camp-style children’s club, boasting an ocean-view clubhouse, swimming pool and exciting array of creative seasonal activities, games and movie nights to ensure all members of the family make the most of their Californian adventure.
Teenagers can also let their hair down, and live the laid-back west coast dream, with surf camp in Laguna Beach, bike tours along the beach and nature walks at Morro Bay, giving them the freedom to let their hair down, SoCal style!
For more information about The Resort at Pelican Hill, to make an enquiry or to book your luxury holiday to California, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 221.