The Resort at Pelican Hill

Location: California | USA

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

A luxurious resort on the coast of California’s Orange County, Pelican Hill is a fabulous getaway for families or couples. The award-winning spa and gorgeous bungalows and villas make this a great five-star hotel in the upmarket location between surf havens Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which reside in the ever-sunny south of California.
Perfect forCouples or families seeking a luxurious beach break.
In the knowSome rooms face the road, so make sure you request an ocean view bungalow or villa – numbers 400 and upwards sit closest to the beach and the accommodation located on higher ground have some of the best views.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Spa & Wellness
  • Water activities

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Resort at Pelican Hill sits between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach in Orange County, southern California.

Rooms at The Resort at Pelican Hill

The bungalows have a beautiful view of the ocean from private terraces and the bungalow suites have a separate living area. Wooden beamed ceilings, fireplaces and clean, neutral colours, help make these bungalows a warm, comfortable and chic living space.

The larger villas (in two, three or four-bedroom varieties) also have ocean views with private terraces and various perks including personal villa staff (such as a butler, concierge and personal chef) and access to the Villa Club’s heated pool, which has a Jacuzzi and cabanas, and the Clubhouse, which has a gym and dining facilities.

Food & Drink

Various dining options abound at Pelican Hill (all which have al fresco sections): sample some Pacific-fresh fish from the Pelican Grill; indulge in some classic Italian dishes at Andrea; dine by the water at Coliseum Pool & Grill; sip a morning coffee at Caffè; or take your afternoon tea in the Great Room. You can also dine in your bungalow or villa. 


The spa at Pelican Hill has several treatment rooms, Roman baths, a sauna and a steam room. There is also a gym, a salon and a golf club. The circular Coliseum Pool is surrounded by cabanas, where you can while away the day with all the amenities you would expect in your room.

Activities at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Perfect for surfers (beginners or advanced!), the coast of Orange County gets some of the best waves in California. If you prefer to keep your feet dry, there are extensive hiking trails around Pelican Hill, and Laguna Beach will satisfy culture vultures with its art galleries. Off the coast, you can sail, fish, or simply enjoy the Pacific Ocean sunsets.

In the resort, the golf course will prove tempting to many, whilst others will prefer to simply hang out in the luxurious cabanas around the pool. There is a children’s pool and plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy.

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Hotel location

The Resort at Pelican Hill is approximately a 1-hour drive from Los Angeles airport.

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