There’s nothing like the convenience of private jet travel. When you land at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, it’s just a 15-minute drive down the coast to The Resort at Pelican Hill, a world-renowned, 504-acre luxury resort that captures the essence of Italy in Southern California.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll see how the resort’s design was inspired by 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). Seeking to revive the principles which underpinned ancient Roman architecture, he stressed the importance of proportion and symmetry and the correct use of the classical orders.
You’ll marvel over the expansive Palladian-inspired architecture and timeless setting which looks as though it’s been there for ages. From roof tiles that replicate those on Italian buildings to courtyards with flowing fountains to lush Mediterranean landscaping and archways that frame picturesque coastal scenes, Italy has been reborn here.
The lobby’s massive, 28-foot rotunda emphasizes grand proportions and perfect symmetry. Just outside the lobby doors, the balcony lures guests to pristine golf course views nestled against the endless grandeur of a mesmerizing ocean backdrop.
“Beyond beautiful weather and photo-worthy sunsets, guests can expect memorable experiences, tailored to their preferences and priorities. Our approach is anticipatory and personalized, so that each guest enjoys their desired amount of adventure, relaxation or even a mix of both!” says Kate Starr, director of public relations.
Within walking distance from the lobby is The Coliseum Pool, measuring 136 feet in diameter that was built with 1.1 million mosaic glass tiles cut and laid by hand. It’s eloquently displayed between private cabanas and tiered decks offering expansive golf course and ocean views.
Whether you’re planning a business trip or family vacation, Pelican Hill offers a variety of accommodations, including Bungalows that feature spacious guest rooms with luxury amenities.
There are also private two- to four-bedroom Villas that include one- to two-car garages. This just may be your next home away from home. Villas come complete with a gourmet kitchens, a great room concept with 50-60” flat-screen television, luxury bedding and spacious bathrooms featuring a marble walk-in shower and deep soaking tubs. You can also arrange for a personal concierge, butler and cook upon request. If you’re parents on date night, your children will enjoy Camp Pelican with two age-appropriate youth programs providing an entertaining resort vacation on their own terms.
When it’s time to become one with mind, body and spirit, you can escape to the The Spa at Pelican Hill. Upon your arrival, you’ll find a grand-scale rotunda that opens to the soothing sights and sounds of an elaborate water feature. Before or after your service, be sure to visit Acqua Colonnade to enjoy the sauna, steam room or roman soaking pools.
If a round of golf is on your agenda, the ocean views from nearly every hole of both Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf courses (Ocean North and Ocean South) will impress you. These pristine courses cover 400 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and are in a league of their own — ranked among the best in the country.
For dining, there are a variety of options designed for al fresco seating on heated ocean-view terraces. Andrea, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers fresh, authentic Italian dishes. An ideal dish to try is the signature risotto prepared tableside. The Coliseum Grill is geared toward casual poolside dining and Pelican Grill offers Napa-inspired cuisine. Piccolo, available exclusively to resort guests, offers a globally-inspired menu of Tapas-style portions. And for those on the go, Caffè & Market offers gourmet food and wine to go along with gelato and espresso.