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Get an overview of this hotelNewport Coast luxury resort with 2 world-class golf courses

Hillside hideaway by the beach

Perched high on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this Southern California resort is 1 mile from Crystal Cove Beach, 3 miles from Fashion Island shopping, and 5 miles from Laguna Beach. John Wayne Airport is 15 minutes away.

Unique pool, sublime spa

Among the many highlights: 2 ocean-view golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, 5 distinctive dining experiences, a perfectly circular pool lined with more than a million glass tiles, and a spa with Roman soaking tubs and 22 treatment rooms.

Terraces, limestone fireplaces

Spacious bungalows feature private terraces, garden or ocean views, gas-lit Italian limestone fireplaces, large flat-screen TVs, luxury linens, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms come with soaking tubs and separate showers.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Winner of numerous prestigious awards, The Resort at Pelican Hill is arrayed on 504 landscaped acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Beaches, upscale shopping, and charming coastal towns are within easy reach.

The resort's ocean-view Coliseum Pool is an attraction unto itself. The perfectly circular pool is 136 feet in diameter and lined with more than a million glass tiles, cut and laid by hand.

The Pelican Hill Golf Club features 2 championship 18-hole courses designed by Tom Fazio. Almost every hole commands spectacular ocean views.

An oasis of luxury, the Spa at Pelican Hill includes 22 treatment rooms, the women's and men's Acqua Colonnade, Roman baths, relaxation lounges, and a fitness center.

The resort offers 5 dining options with outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean or golf course. Andrea, the award-winning signature restaurant, showcases the fresh flavors of Northern Italy.

Children are warmly welcomed here. Camp Pelican provides separate programs for ages 4 - 12 and ages 13 - 17. The resort also offers a children's pool, game consoles, two 60-inch plasma TVs for games and movies, a karaoke machine, digital microscopes, and lots more.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is nonsmoking, except for a few designated outdoor areas.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 332 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 2008 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Golf course on site 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Steam room 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Children's pool 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Children's pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Babysitting or childcare  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  
  • DVD player  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Pay movies 
  • DVD player 
  • Fireplace 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Bathrobes 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • HDTV 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Andrea Ristorante & Bar - Featuring an ocean-view terrace, the resort's signature restaurant showcases Northern Italian cuisine. Fresh pastas are created in the temperature-controlled Pasta Room. Artisan-style gelatos are prepared in-house, too. Lunch Wednesday - Sunday, dinner nightly, terrace and bar open late morning till late evening. Reservations advised.

Pelican Grill - Located in the Pelican Hill Golf Club, the Pelican Grill serves coastal California cuisine for lunch and dinner. An open kitchen, heated ocean-view terrace, and extensive wine-by-the-glass menu enhance the experience. The lounge features two 9-foot plasma TVs.

Coliseum Pool & Grill - Overlooking the ocean, this poolside restaurant serves pizza, pasta, burgers, fresh fish, and other favorites. A children's menu is available. The heated terrace is the perfect spot to dine on a cool evening. The bar offers a 9-foot plasma TV for watching sporting events. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, poolside snacks, cocktails.

Caffé - This Italian-inspired, wood-paneled espresso bar features pastries, gelato, light fare, and specialty coffee drinks.

Caffé II - Located at the Golf Clubhouse, this alfresco café serves light fare and specialty coffee drinks.

Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Nearby Things to Do

Inspired by its Roman namesake, the circular Coliseum Pool measures 136 feet in diameter. The ocean-view sundeck is furnished with chaises longues and luxury cabanas.

The Pelican Hill Golf Club offers 2 championship, ocean-view golf courses designed by Tom Fazio: The Ocean North and the Ocean South. The Club also features the Pelican Hill Golf Academy; professional forecaddies; and a clubhouse with men's and women's lounges, a golf shop, and 2 dining options.

Located in the spa, the fitness center is outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment. Personal training is available for a surcharge. Guests can also participate in group classes such as Lunchtime Boot Camp and Restorative Yoga.

Just a mile from The Resort at Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove Beach features surfing, sunbathing, walking trails, and 3 miles of sandy shoreline. The vast Irvine Ranch Land Reserve®, adjoining the resort, offers miles of scenic hiking trails. It's also a prime spot for bird-watching.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Golf driving range on site 
  • Golf lessons on site 
  • Golfing on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

At the Spa at Pelican Hill, treatments are tailored to relax, replenish, or invigorate. The spa offers 22 treatment rooms, a full salon, and relaxation areas. The Acqua Colonnade features a sauna, spa tub, and herbal steam room, and is complimentary to resort guests receiving treatments. Among the treatment highlights: the Cristallo Bath with Himalayan salt crystals and Italian bergamot, the Amber Gold Signature Massage, the Smoothing Thyme Body Buff, and the Reveal Facial with SkinCeuticals products.

  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Steam room in spa 
  • Reflexology 
  • Number of treatment rooms 22 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the "Special or Accessibility Requests" section of "Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Payment types


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 30.00 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Spa access
  • Beach access
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Fitness/yoga classes
  • Shuttle service
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Concierge/valet service
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Self parking fee: USD 20.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Pelican Hill
  • Pelican Hill Newport Coast
  • Pelican Hill Resort
  • Pelican Resort
  • Pelican Resort Hill
  • Resort Pelican Hill
  • Resort Pelican Hill Newport Coast

Awards & Affiliations

  • The Resort at Pelican Hill is listed in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 List.
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