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The Resort at Pelican Hill is a long ways from Italy in Newport Beach, Calif. but a visit here might have you believing you really did stay at an Italian seaside village on your vacation. And it will be all thanks to the resort's freshly-made pasta.
Pelican Hill has 128 ultra-luxe bungalows and villas where guests can retreat after a long, "hard" day of relaxing by the circular pool, hitting the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, playing tourist at nearby Balboa Island or even just meandering the expansive resort grounds.
At night, there's no need to venture outside into the "rough and tumble" streets of Newport because the resort has its own incredibly authentic Italian restaurant, Andrea Ristorante with tables on a terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Here Chef Marco Criscuolo has created a menu filled with northern Italy specialities using ingredients locally sourced from The Irvine Ranch (these folks also own the hotel.) And of course, pasta is featured heavily on the menu, so much so that the restaurant has its own temperature-controlled pasta room where over a dozen pastas are made everyday. Come si dice "Swoon" in Italiano?
“Just in case you were worried that the extreme luxe lifestyle was dying off, you can stop fretting,” assures the NYT in its weekly “Check In, Check Out” column. Well, phew. Turns out all we need to do is head to The Resort at Pelican Hill, last fall’s addition to the Pacific coast south of L.A. And just as we've suspected all along, the place sounds like the sort of luxe bedpost hotel writers like us drool over.
Think colonnaded cabanas, 750 olive trees, Pacific views, and 950-square-foot bungalows at Newport Coast. Yes, please! Enjoy with us a few highlights from the NYT’s review.
While Newport Beach isn't exactly lacking on the hotel side of things, we're kind of excited about the opening of The Resort at Pelican Hill.
The resort is stuffed with jaw-dropping features. The sorts of things that seem just a little too extravagant during a recession, and yet we can't help but drool and yearn. Just keep the folks from AIG away from this place and it should be A-Ok.