Monday, October 20, 2008

The Resort at Pelican Hill Sets Opening Date

The Destination Resort Boasts Unparalleled Luxury, Spectacular Ocean Views, Extravagant Villas and Bungalow Suites, Inspired Architecture, 36 Stunning Holes of Tom Fazio-Designed Golf, World-Class Spa and 'Coliseum' Pool

(NEWPORT BEACH, Southern California) - The Resort at Pelican Hill, the long-awaited destination resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, will open its doors Nov. 26, offering guests a level of service and luxury that is unmatched in the resort world. The Resort at Pelican Hill will blend the principles of Italy's most renowned Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, with chic and casual California elegance.

Boasting inspiring, expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Newport Coast, The Resort at Pelican Hill will feature: 128 villas with an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow suites; a rejuvenating spa with 22 treatment rooms and a menu of the world's most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants including authentic Northern Italian cuisine at Andrea; an iconic "Coliseum" pool, the largest circular pool anywhere, with tiered decks and the most luxurious cabanas of any resort; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas.

The resort is rising on a 504-acre site that is one of the most serene and beautiful coastal settings in Southern California, where the Pacific laps uncrowded beaches and thousands of acres of coastal habitat are permanently protected as open space or designated for recreational use only.

The Resort at Pelican Hill captures the essence of an Italian seaside village, terraced on a verdant hillside in harmony with the natural environment.

"With the final touches being put on one of the most awaited resorts ever built, The Resort at Pelican Hill is emerging as a masterpiece in the art of hospitality," said Ralph Grippo, president of the Irvine Company Resort Properties, the developer and operator of the resort. "The unprecedented attention to detail - in every aspect of the property and guest experience, from the distinct and refined architecture to the most innovative and comprehensive personalized service program - is setting The Resort at Pelican Hill apart and establishing it as a new paradigm among the world's finest resorts."

The Resort at Pelican Hill was inspired by the Renaissance belief that humanity is uplifted by aspiring to perfection. And underpinning this quest for perfection is the one aspect of Pelican Hill that will most set it apart: service that is extraordinary, precedent-setting and the most personalized of any resort.

The service will begin before the guest's arrival - with a level of pre-planning unrivaled in the luxury resort world -with a personal travel designer planning and arranging every aspect and detail of the Pelican Hill experience, everything from having golf clubs pre-shipped to the resort to scenting the suite with the preferred aromatherapy. Once at the resort, the most highly trained, around-the-clock staff - from personal butlers to concierges, even chefs to cook personal meals - will see to your every need, completely customize and individualize your experience, and create a truly one-of-a-kind stay for you.

Opening rates for bungalows start at $695, and $1,450 for villas, based on availability. For more information and reservations, call 800-820-6800.

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