Luxury Lodging: The Resort at Pelican Hill

The history and architecture alone makes this property stand out. Inspiration for the resort is pulled from 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, transporting you overseas to the Mediterranean region. Southern California is known for its mild climate, but beware of the June Gloom – the sky is typically overcast so the views are not as stellar. The resort offers numerous amenities, ranging from family-friendly pool activities to shopping experiences for a girlfriend getaway.

Photo by Rachelle Cano, OC RIVIERA HOMES
Photo by Rachelle Cano, OC RIVIERA HOMES

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Dining

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Keeping with the European theme, all four restaurants offer al fresco dining. Andrea, the Northern Italian-inspired restaurant, offers fresh pastas made daily in-house. Splurge on the signature risotto, prepared tableside in a Parmesan wheel. Led by Chef Marco Criscuolo, this is one culinary experience you won’t want to skip.

 

Pool

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Photo by Instagram User cpt214

The Coliseum Pool is the jaw-dropping scene at this resort. The 136-foot diameter pool was designed with more than one million hand-laid glass mosaic tiles, forming a perfect circle. Reserve a private cabana, decked out with flat-screen TVs, Bose audio systems, chaise lounges, dining tables with chairs, ceiling fans and mini bars.

 

Room Amenities

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With a limestone fireplace, private terrace (many with views of the Pacific), hand-hewn wood beam ceilings and a marble bath, the spacious Bungalow guest rooms and suites range from 847 to 1,634 sq. ft. Enjoy room service breakfast on the terrace after your morning run around the property and end your day with a nice glass of wine by the fireplace.

 

The Resort at Pelican Hill | 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Luxury Lodging: IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya

As the middle-range resort of this property, IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya is a five-star all-inclusive beachfront resort. While checking in you are greeted by a welcome cocktail and warm, smiling faces. During the day, there’s several pools and a lazy river, or you can migrate to the beach to listen to the waves and catch some rays. Save some energy for the nightlife – dining, shows and a dance club (discoteca).

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Room Amenities

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Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR

The resort has over 400 suites, so you have plenty of space to spread out and stay awhile. Each room has a spacious balcony overlooking either the pool or a community garden area. Traveling with your family? Opt for the Family Superior Junior Suite, which has 1 king bed and a guaranteed connecting suite with two double beds, each with a pullout sofa, and private balcony with garden view.

 

Dining

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As with many all-inclusive resorts, food is a make-or-break part of the stay. With five a la carte restaurants (including an interactive Japanese hibachi-style restaurant) and a massive buffet with just about every type of food you can imagine, the quality does not disappoint. With all-inclusive resorts, you also have the upside of libations at every corner. Did we mention there’s a circular bar in a large open room as soon as you walk into the lobby?

 

Property

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With the advantage of two other resorts on the same property, it has a community-like feel. With a shopping square (accessible by walking or tram) complete with clothing and jewelry boutiques, a liquor store and Star Wars-themed discoteca, you don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy a well-rounded vacation in Mexico. You’ll also find a variety of wildlife from peacocks to flamingos, and don’t forget about the towel animals!

IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya | Carretera Chetumal – P. Juarez Km 309 PC: 77710, Playa del Carmen, Mexico