The Resort at Pelican Hill

Pelican Hill, a 504-acre Palladian-style luxury resort located in Southern California

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Set by the Pacific Ocean in Southern California’s chic Newport Coast, The Resort at Pelican Hill is an Italian-inspired, five-star, Five Diamond destination offering unparalleled service and luxury. Accommodations include 128 multi-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views, gourmet kitchens, dedicated staff and exclusive clubhouse access, as well as 204 Bungalow guestrooms and suites, all featuring fireplaces and private terraces. The Resort is home to a Forbes-Five-Star Spa, two 18-hole golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, the impressive 136-foot Coliseum Pool, five restaurants, a beach program and Camp Pelican™ for kids.

Hotel Tip

Try the gluten-free French toast for breakfast — yum! The view from the Coliseum restaurant is yummy, too. –Deborah L. Trevino Naperville, Illinois

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Virtuoso Amenities   

    For 2019:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • $50 daily breakfast credit for Bungalow guests-$100 daily breakfast credit for Villa guests (excludes tax & gratuity)
  • A $100 USD Golf or Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid toward retail, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, does not include taxes or gratuities)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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By: gracielu

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2014

Beautiful, relaxing and convenient. We loved our recent trip to Pelican Hill. We enjoyed the spa, pool and dining services. The service was impeccable. Highly recommend! 
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas
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Paradise on earth!

By: Beth

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2014

Beautiful hotel in a beautiful locale! We had a wonderful time relaxing at the spa and laying by the magnificent pool! Never left the property and didn't need to - food was delicious and beach was great fun! Definitely would like to go back!
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee
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By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2014

We've heard about Pelican Hill for years... it exceeded our expectations! Gorgeous tranquil setting, incredible service and first class accommodations. I give this resort a 5 STAR! We will be back!
Travel Advisor:  Cindi Smith
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Very nice.

By: leila1

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2014

It was a beautiful property with good customer service
Travel Advisor:  Jane Martz

Happy place

By: Jojo123

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

We love Pelican Hill. It's a great location. The views our breath taking and you can not get accommodations like this anywhere else. It's such an amazing property. We love going there with our family. We have become spoiled by the resort and only want to vacation there when we go to the West Coast. My only hope is that someday they will get an on site tennis program. Although, there are good tennis options nearby.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas

Wonderful stay


Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2016

We had a wonderful stay in the 3 bedroom villas and cannot say enough kind things about the resort and staff!
Travel Advisor:  Dawn Campbell


By: mbtravels

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

We stayed at the Resort at Pelican Hill over valentine's weekend in a 2 bedroom 2 bath villa with an ocean view. The villa was amazing with all the necessary amenities plus some complimentary starter groceries. This was a nice touch so we didn't have to immediately run out to the store. The view was fantastic. We ordered breakfast in the room everyday and it was always delicious, hot, and on-time. The food at Pelican Hill really impressed us, especially The Pelican Grill. But what really sets this property apart from other places we have stayed is the service! We never wanted for anything while we were there but we never felt hovered over either. It was the perfect balance of relaxed and attentive. The kids enjoyed Camp Pelican very much and both the Coliseum pool and the pool at the villas are beautiful and fun. The spa is great, too. We will definitely return to the Resort at Pelican Hill.
Travel Advisor:  Robert Merlin

gorgeous resort

By: st

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2016

Pelican Hill is a beautiful full-service resort with excellent food, wonderful hospitality, and many activity options. The resort is great for families and has an enormous spa.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Terrill

Beautiful Relaxing Resort

By: DR Trip

Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2016

This is our second trip to Pelican Hill. The resort is stunning. The Villas provide a "home away from home" with full kitchens and well appointed accomodations. The Villas have their own pool and country club, which even in the busy summer months does not feel over crowded. Staff are very attentive. We really enjoyed the food at the resort and room service does a very good job of getting food to the room even though the resort is very spread out and large. It is a special treat to walk around the resort. It is set on a golf course. The grounds are absolutely spectacular. The resort itself is well situated with great restaurants and lots to do in the surrounding area. All around, it is a very special Resort and makes for a wonderful vacation.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Pilon


By: AshleyMichele

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2016

Pelican Hill is my favorite place to stay. I consider it my home away from home. The service is incredible, the staff is so friendly and makes sure that we have a fabulous time. I recommend Pelican Hill to everyone I know.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmit


By: KB

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2017

Pelican Hill very accommodating, pleasant, and elegant. The food, amenities, and employees were above average and met all our expectations.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Baker

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2017

Beautiful accommodations and excellent service
Travel Advisor:  Marlene Singer


By: Josh

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2017

Great persoanl service and the villas are spectacular---stayed in 738 and it was magnificent. South, I think.
Travel Advisor:  Marti Blackwell


By: Augie

Reviewed on: 18 May 2017

Perfect!! One of the most beautiful resorts in the country!!
Travel Advisor:  Ewa Duranovic

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By: Vacation girl

Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

5 star resort! We loved staying at the Villas with our family. The Butler service was excellent. Favorite dinning on property was the Plican Grill on the Patio. I can't wait to return!
Travel Advisor:  Merrill Laguarta

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By: Uromd

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2017

Really enjoyed 4 days at the resort. The golf was great. Service was superb, and the facility was first rate. Would go again in a heart beat.
Travel Advisor:  Laurie Reitman

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By: Yanni

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2017

Beautiful property, feels like you are in Italy, great service, great food, great location.
Travel Advisor:  Sheryl Graddon

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By: Amilli

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2017

Amazing. Hotel was great, property wonderful and well maintained. Staff highly trained, friendly & professional. Restaurants were top notch.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Nichuals


By: Liz

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2017

The most wonderful hotel. Great people that service you. Pure joy that makes u feel u are in a bit of heaven.
Travel Advisor:  Renee DAvirro

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By: Gailie

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Excellent hotel and staff. We loved our room and they were very responsive to questions. Beautiful place and location.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Kirgis

Beautiful location

By: Swim

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2018

We loved the location of the resort. However it is very pricey! I guess that is the case with all resorts in that area
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

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By: Rachel_Rosen

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

We had a great time. The resort property is beautiful. The staff were warm and friendly. We loved the convenient location, close to the airport, lots of options for groceries and sundries, also lots of shopping and good restaurants nearby. The villas accommodations fit our family’s needs well but the furnishings looked a bit tired. My 5 year old twins absolutely loved the kids club and begged to go everyday! The various restaurants on property all had great food however the service across the board(in restaurants and at pool) was very slow. Many members of our group visited the spa and we all enjoyed our experiences. Overall I would recommend Pelican Hill and hope that they improve on the areas I mentioned above.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

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By: Sonja

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

It’s a beautiful resort. The restaurants were very good. Nice service. Fun for all ages. Lovely rooms and appointments. Nice golf course. We enjoyed every part of our stay. Disappointed at the low availability of spa appointments so never were able to enjoy that aspect. The hospitality person from the resort made a couple of mistakes as to who was celebrating the birthday and also left a note welcoming a Mr. and Mrs. Cambridge. That was not our name. Very confusing.
Travel Advisor:  Michelle Cowell

Holiday family trip to Pelican Hill

By: Leslie

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2019

Our holiday week at The Resort at Pelican Hill exceeded our expectations. The villas were the perfect set up for our families, including our two dogs. The service was top notch. We will definitely return!
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Cohen-Dumani

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