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March 28, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the 500 best hotels in the world, according to Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. Pelican Hill in Newport Coast was described as "an exceptional hotel/resort of great individuality and distinction" in Andrew Harper's 500 Favorite Hotels in the World, according to a press release from the resort. The report is to be published in April. "We are honored to be among the 'best of the best' properties worldwide to receive Mr. Harper's prestigious recommendation," Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
November 8, 2010
Pelican Hill Resort announced last week the hiring of a new resident manager to oversee the 504-acre property's operations team. Donald Stamets, former hotel manager for the Ritz-Carlton's Palm Beach and South Beach locations in Florida, will lead multiple divisions, including spa, engineering, bungalow and villa accommodations, as well as food and beverage. "In our continuous quest to provide personalized service and unprecedented experiences to visitors and locals alike, we welcome leaders like Donald to our team of passionate, talented and committed hospitality professionals," Giuseppe Lama, managing director of Pelican Hill Resort, said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Two Orange County resorts -- The Resort at Pelican Hill and Montage Laguna Beach -- earned new 2013 five-star ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes announced Tuesday. In making the Forbes five-star list, Pelican Hill's hotel and Montage joined one other Orange County property, the St. Regis Monarch Beach.  The Resort at Pelican Hill, which opened in 2008, became the first and only in Newport Beach to garner the rating.  Both hotels have won top honors from various trade organizations, such as AAA's Five Diamond Award.
NEWS
July 24, 2012
For the fourth year in a row, the Resort at Pelican Hill has earned the AAA Five Diamond Award. "From the beginning, Pelican Hill has instilled a specific culture in its people and in the product to passionately pursue a long-term vision focused on a world-class resort for the next 100 years, and beyond," said Kate Starr, Pelican Hill's public relations manager. "This is the focus that keeps Pelican Hill at the top. " Pelican Hill, which opened in Newport Coast in 2008, also received honors from Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Robb Report, Wine Spectator, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
NEWS
March 19, 2012
The Resort at Pelican Hill's golf course received top-notch marks in Condé Nast Traveler's April 2012 list of "Top 121 Golf Resorts," according to a news release. The Newport Coast property was the only resort in California to achieve a perfect score in course design and access. Pelican Hill's overall score, based upon ratings in eight categories, was calculated as 96.6. "The beauty of Pelican Hill's coastal setting can be distracting for golfers, so I framed each hole to help keep their focus on the game," golf course architect Tom Fazio, who designed Pelican Hill's two 18-hole courses, said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | December 10, 2010
Although celebrities aren't foreign to the five-star resort , Pelican Hill will now add another name to their resort that boasts A-list clientele. Unveiled this week, the resort's spa will begin their 2011 Balanced Wellness Program, which will be curated by Ashley Borden, a fitness and lifestyle consultant who has worked with Mandy Moore, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera. The program has changed its tune with a Build Your Own Retreat concept, which allows guests to stay for up to two days.
NEWS
From staff reports | January 24, 2014
The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Spa at Pelican Hill recently received five stars in the annual Forbes Travel Guide . This is the 55th year for the ratings and the fifth consecutive year Pelican has earned the distinction. The Forbes Guide was previously known as the Mobil Travel Guide . Pelican, according to a news release, is the only hotel in Newport Beach to receive a five-star rating. The nearby Island Hotel at Fashion Island received four stars and also announced that it had become part of Preferred Hotel Group , a points system for luxury travelers.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | October 25, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — The Resort at Pelican Hill celebrated the first harvest of its olive trees Friday by pressing some organic virgin olive oil that it hopes to use in the resort kitchen and as bottled gifts for guests. The Newport Beach resort is dotted with 750 olive trees of Manzanillo and Sevillano varieties, the latter of which were raised in Northern California. The majority are around 40 years old, but the Sevillanos, of which Pelican Hill has 25, date back 100 years. Mike Ahmer, the resort's landscape manager, noticed fallen olives on the resort grounds and wondered what to do with them.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 26, 2013
Passing through the thick double doors of The Resort at Pelican Hill's employee entrance feels a little like going to school. The broad, windowless corridor has the kind of floor that's good for rolling carts and making shoes squeak. The white walls are plastered with handmade collages and bulletin boards announcing upcoming events; and banners touting values like hard work and collaboration hung from the ceiling. While first-time visitors may note sweeping views of the coast, or the quiet calm of one of the more authentic Tuscan-style villages outside of, well, Tuscany, it's what happens back here, said Managing Director Giuseppe Lama, that has helped the Newport Coast resort earn its most recent accolade: five stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | August 29, 2007
Thomas Ryan has assembled the menu for seven luxury hotel openings, served wealthy diners in Europe, and cooked at the home of one of America’s most renowned chefs. But when the Irvine Co. recruited him to oversee the kitchen at its planned Resort at Pelican Hill, he still felt awed by the opportunity. Ryan, a veteran of the restaurant and hotel industries who trained in both New York and Munich, was announced Tuesday as the executive chef of the resort in Newport Coast.
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NEWS
From staff reports | January 24, 2014
The Resort at Pelican Hill and the Spa at Pelican Hill recently received five stars in the annual Forbes Travel Guide . This is the 55th year for the ratings and the fifth consecutive year Pelican has earned the distinction. The Forbes Guide was previously known as the Mobil Travel Guide . Pelican, according to a news release, is the only hotel in Newport Beach to receive a five-star rating. The nearby Island Hotel at Fashion Island received four stars and also announced that it had become part of Preferred Hotel Group , a points system for luxury travelers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 18, 2013
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp. Parents paused beside chic - and high-tech - strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe. Traditional Italian flag-bearers, dressed in colorful leotards and tunics, strode onto the grassy knoll outside Bloomingdale's, clutching intricately designed silk panels that fluttered atop staffs. Flanked by two similarly clad female helpers and a drummer, they executed an athletic and highly synchronized aerial ballet.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
The general manager of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach is the new chairman of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The chamber voted Aug. 22 during an event at the Newport Sea Base to put Donald Stamets in the role. He began his one-year term this month. "The Newport Beach Chamber has so much to offer our local business community," Stamets said in a prepared statement Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to helping members stay connected and informed about the issues that can help them as they grow their businesses in today's competitive market.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 26, 2013
Passing through the thick double doors of The Resort at Pelican Hill's employee entrance feels a little like going to school. The broad, windowless corridor has the kind of floor that's good for rolling carts and making shoes squeak. The white walls are plastered with handmade collages and bulletin boards announcing upcoming events; and banners touting values like hard work and collaboration hung from the ceiling. While first-time visitors may note sweeping views of the coast, or the quiet calm of one of the more authentic Tuscan-style villages outside of, well, Tuscany, it's what happens back here, said Managing Director Giuseppe Lama, that has helped the Newport Coast resort earn its most recent accolade: five stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Two Orange County resorts -- The Resort at Pelican Hill and Montage Laguna Beach -- earned new 2013 five-star ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes announced Tuesday. In making the Forbes five-star list, Pelican Hill's hotel and Montage joined one other Orange County property, the St. Regis Monarch Beach.  The Resort at Pelican Hill, which opened in 2008, became the first and only in Newport Beach to garner the rating.  Both hotels have won top honors from various trade organizations, such as AAA's Five Diamond Award.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | December 6, 2012
Glenn Deck taught when he was being honored for being a great teacher Sunday night at the Balboa Bay Club. During his acceptance speech, the PGA director of instruction for Pelican Hill and Oak Creek Golf Clubs gave a tip to the people in attendance. He told them to find a way for golf to be fun. That was one of the many reasons why Deck was named Teacher of the Year by the PGA of America's Southern California Section. Deck can place the award next to a few others. He has earned past honors as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America since 2002 and Golf Tips magazine's Top 25 U.S. Instructors in 2012.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach announced Tuesday that it was recognized as an outstanding luxury resort. Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the resort as Southern California's top resort, with a score of 96.1. "We are delighted to be the first and only Southern California resort to earn three consecutive top honors, including a top national ranking, from Condé Nast Traveler readers, who are certainly among the world's most discerning travelers," Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama said in a prepared statement.
OCNOW
September 11, 2012
A priest convicted of abusing two boys he met in the 1980s remains in Orange County jail after he was arrested for violating his probation at the Resort at Pelican Hill, according to OC Weekly and jail records. In 2007, Michael Stephen Baker, 64, pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 in a Los Angeles Superior Court, OC Weekly reports. The magazine reported Baker arrested at the pool of Newport Beach's Pelican Hill resort Aug. 17. --Lauren Williams
SPORTS
September 1, 2012
The second annual UC Irvine/Scott Brooks Golf Invitational is set for Sept. 18 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. Brooks, a former standout basketball player at UCI and head coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder for the past four seasons, is scheduled to attend the tournament that raises funds to support student-athlete scholarships at UCI. UCI head coaches and student-athletes from each of the university's 18 NCAA Division I...
NEWS
July 24, 2012
For the fourth year in a row, the Resort at Pelican Hill has earned the AAA Five Diamond Award. "From the beginning, Pelican Hill has instilled a specific culture in its people and in the product to passionately pursue a long-term vision focused on a world-class resort for the next 100 years, and beyond," said Kate Starr, Pelican Hill's public relations manager. "This is the focus that keeps Pelican Hill at the top. " Pelican Hill, which opened in Newport Coast in 2008, also received honors from Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Robb Report, Wine Spectator, Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
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