November 16, 2010
NEWPORT COAST — Pelican Hill Resort has been awarded top honors by two leading travel companies for a second consecutive year, managers of the resort said. Pelican Hill Resort was named a 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award winner for the Resort and 2011 Forbes Five-Star Award for The Spa at Pelican Hill, according to a press release. In order to achieve a AAA Diamond Rating, the Automobile Club's professional team evaluates based on a scale of one to five AAA Diamonds, which indicate the level of complexity in service, décor and amenities.
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.
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.
July 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — For as long as locals can remember, Newport Beach has been known as an easy Hollywood getaway. Celebrities such as Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra were known to seek R&R in the coastal town. Lauren Bacall, former wife of Bogart and "Den Mother" of the Rat Pack, resides in Newport. Joey Bishop, Sinatra's famed comic sidekick, was tempted by the tranquility of the beach city, moving to Lido Isle and making that his residence of choice until he died in 2007.
May 21, 2010
More than half the guests who stay at the Resort at Pelican Hill come back for a second trip. And then there are those who don't leave at all — one year and counting for the resort's most senior guest, Managing Director Giuseppe Lama said. A visit to the luxury resort has the unusual side effect of turning a seven-day vacation into a six-month or even yearlong stay. "We have cases ... [where] people just don't want to move out — we become like a family here.
May 12, 2010
They call themselves “Fearless Women.” Last week the “mothers and daughters who move mountains” joined with husbands and other assorted male companions for a luncheon at the Resort at Pelican Hill. They came to raise funds benefiting two very different medical needs: autism and Alzheimer’s disease. And, they came to hear the inspirational message of two close friends, both personalities from the world of television: Leeza Gibbons Leeza Gibbons and Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson . Both champion the search for help on behalf of autistic children and adults fighting dementia associated with Alzheimer’s.
May 11, 2010
Entertainment personality and philanthropist Leeza Gibbons and autism activist Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson will share their personal journeys of adversity and empowerment at a Mother’s Day luncheon on Monday, May 3 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. The joint fundraiser, Fearless Women: Mothers & Daughters Moving Mountains , benefits ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment) and Leeza’s Place, the signature program of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation. Founded by TV/Radio personality Leeza Gibbons, Leeza’s Place provides multifaceted support for both caregivers and those recently diagnosed with any chronic disease or disorder.
September 9, 2009
The news that an LPGA event was coming to Southern California brought both hope and intrigue. The JoongAng Broadcasting Corporation group announced a deal with the LPGA that would have an event in the area for the next five years beginning in 2010. But no location was announced and speculation began almost immediately as to where it would be. So to further fuel the gossip I thought about the area courses and if they could or would host an LPGA event. The natural location would be Mesa Verde Country Club.