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Keeping it low-key

Notable athletes and movie stars are this coastal town's guests whenever they want to take it easy.

July 30, 2010|Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com

"American Idol" Judge Kara DioGuardi avoided the "Will she leave the show?" rumors and opted for a short trip outside the city of angels. Sitting by the pool, DioGuardi seems to be a fan of the mimosa.

Camp Pelican, a kids program for families staying at the resort, is no exception on celeb itineraries. Britney Spears, a frequent guest at the resort, enjoys seeing her children, Jayden and Sean, playing with other kids at the camp.

And when camp is over, Spears has a favorite spot.

"You can always find Britney at the pool with the kids," Lama said.

Speaking of the pool, last month visitors got a glimpse of "Bush" rocker Gavin Rossdale. The happy father of two played with his children in one of the resort's swimming pools. His wife, Gwen Stefani, was reportedly on the grounds as well.

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Even the holidays are a good excuse to pack up the "fam" for a stay in the seaside villas. On April 4, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, stars of the E! reality TV show "Giuliana and Bill," came together with loved ones for a festive Easter egg hunt on the Pelican Hill lawn. Giuliana was seen scoping out the competition, as young kids searched for brightly painted eggs. Perhaps, "Apprentice" star Bill gave the kids some advice on strategy.

Lama was especially excited with one celebrity guest.

"Gilles Marini is the best," said Lama. "I want to play soccer with him!"

Actually, Lama is asking for a second game, because the "Brothers and Sisters" star was nice enough to kick around a ball with the managing director.

"We played for a little while," Lama said. "I was wearing my suit, so I wasn't very prepared for the game."

Hey Gilles, rematch?

Distinctive from other coastal locations, Pelican Hill offers what is considered a private and secluded experience, which undoubtedly celebrities in search of both. Each villa is set apart, making run-ins with fellow visitors, a choice rather than an must – an important factor to a celebrity that might want to keep their stay as secret as possible.

The golf course also draws. People magazine recently spied "Saved by the Bell" star Mark-Paul Gosselaar and "Road Trip" buddy Breckin Meyer on Pelican's links.

On July 17, "Grownups" star David Spade took a break from promoting his film to hit the driving range at Pelican. Other celebs are drawn to the green, such as Blair Underwood, who was spotted there this May.

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