Soak Up the California Sunshine at The Resort at Pelican Hill

I sound like a broken record...we are in the midst of yet another snowstorm and yet another day of staying inside and dreaming of any place warm! I just realized I never shared one of my new favorite resorts with you - The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California. 

On our way to Asia last fall we stopped over in LA for a couple of days. While we were there, we headed down to Newport for a day and had the pleasure of having lunch and a tour at this gorgeous resort. 
The perfectly round, 136 foot in diameter, pool is unique.

There are four dining options on property and an espresso bar.

With 36 holes of golf, all with sweeping Pacific Ocean views, this is THE place for golfers to stay in the Newport area.

The bungalow rooms and suites are very generously sized (entry level rooms are 850 square feet!) and luxuriously appointed with beamed ceilings, soaking tubs and fireplaces, as well as terraces with ocean views. 

My favorite thing about Pelican Hill is their gorgeous villas.  Southern California is a popular vacation destination for families, yet villa rentals are not easy to find. These lovely homes with two, three or four bedrooms, range from 2,200 to 3,600 square feet, and are equipped with full gourmet kitchens.

Another pool is available exclusively for Villa guests.

 The Resort at Pelican Hill sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific, just above Crystal Cove State Park. While the resort is not on the beach, they have a regular shuttle service to take you to the beach, as well as attendants to set you up with beach chairs and umbrellas.

Doesn't Pelican Hill seem like an ideal family resort? Anyone else ready for a little California "endless summer"? 

(all photos via Virtuoso and Pelican Hill)