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September 19, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill was recognized as a AAA Five Diamond destination for the third consecutive year since opening in 2008, a resort spokeswoman announced. American Automobile Assn. diamond ratings are determined by an evaluation of a resort's level of service, decor and amenities, according to company spokeswoman Kate Starr. "As our third anniversary approaches later this fall, the entire Pelican Hill team is honored to be recognized with the AAA Five Diamond Award for the third time, Giuseppe Lama, resort managing director, 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
BUSINESS
October 17, 2007
Despite information the Irvine Co. released about its coming resort in Newport Coast, one question persists: How much will it cost to stay there overnight? Two company executives, speaking Tuesday at a luncheon with the Commercial Real Estate Women Network, offered a ballpark answer: a lot. “It would be every bit as expensive as you would imagine it to be, I’m sure, but it would be just as memorable an experience,” said Chris Marsh, the company’s senior vice president of development, who added that the company had not yet decided on room prices.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | June 15, 2007
The Irvine Co.'s planned luxury resort in Newport Beach will stimulate the city's economy and make it an attractive destination for wealthy travelers, city and business leaders said. On Tuesday, the Irvine Co. announced that it had appointed Ralph Grippo, an international veteran of hotel management, to oversee The Resort at Pelican Hill, which is under construction in Newport Coast and slated to open in fall 2008. The resort, the most lavish of its kind in Newport-Mesa, would feature a 204-room hotel, 128 villas, restaurants, a golf club and a spa. To many in Newport Beach, that amounts to a business boom.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2007
Giuseppe Lama, a veteran of the luxury resort industry, has been named as the managing director of the Resort at Pelican Hill, the Irvine Co.’s lavish Newport Coast resort that is slated to open its first phase in November. Lama, who was born in Italy and got his start working at boutique hotels in Europe, will oversee the resort’s restaurant, catering, weddings and culinary operations as well as services for the rental villas. His tenure will begin this month, and the Irvine Co. plans to appoint a general manager for the resort soon.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill is Condé Nast Traveler readers' top resort in the country, according to the results of the annual 2011 Reader's Choice Awards released last week. Pelican Hill, which celebrates its third anniversary Nov. 26, scored 96.3 in the annual awards that rank more than 1,120 top resorts and hotels worldwide. The Newport Coast resort is the only Southern California resort to earn a top national ranking in the history of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, said resort spokeswoman Kate Starr.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2007
Newport Dunes will host its 14th annual Lighting of the Bay ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday. The 100-acre waterfront resort will flip a giant switch to illuminate more than 50 electric Christmas trees in the waters of the bay. Santa Claus will preside over the lighting ceremony. Festivities will include more than 20 tons of artificial snow with slides for children, caroling and other live musical performances. Food from the resort’s Back Bay Cafe will also be available. For more information about the Lighting of the Bay ceremony, go to www.newportdunes.
NEWS
October 21, 2004
Clarence Turner If we can fight our way through the blizzard of campaign rhetoric from the opposition to Measure L on the Nov. 2 ballot, a clear question emerges. What use of the Marinapark land will provide the greatest benefit to all the residents of Newport Beach? Before exploring that question, it is instructive to lay to rest one argument of the opposition to Measure L. To allow a resort, they claim, is a giveaway of public land to a private commercial interest.
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.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | October 28, 2007
Greg Encarnacion intends to tee off soon at the Irvine Co.’s new luxury golf club in Newport Coast. But it might take a few weeks and a few paychecks. Encarnacion, who worked in guest services at the Pelican Hill Golf Club before it closed for renovation two years ago, has bided his time ever since working — and playing — at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine. He remembers the old Pelican Hill as one of the lushest, most challenging courses in the region, and he knows many of his customers do too; they’ve peppered him with questions about the revised golf club that the Irvine Co. intends to reopen Friday.
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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.
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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
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
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | June 1, 2012
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped in Newport Beach on Friday as part of a fundraising tour throughout California. The private event at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, with an entrance fee starting at $1,000, was met outside the club's West Coast Highway confines by both supporters and dissenters of the former Massachusetts governor's candidacy. In spite of Newport's status as a conservative stronghold in the county, the five or so Romney supporters were the minority of the demonstrators present Friday.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | February 18, 2012
The design behind the Village of Cypress, the latest in the Irvine Co. village-concept communities in Irvine, is something between a comfortable neighborhood and resort-style living, company officials said. The first of 1,677 brand-new apartments and town homes in four communities - Murano, Umbria, Veneto and Cadenza - debuted earlier this month with 18 leases signed and other names added to a waiting list within the first two days. "There are so few new apartment homes being built and that, combined with the opportunity to live somewhere no one else has lived before, is part of why we're seeing so much enthusiasm here," said Erin Freeman, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. Other reasons why this collection of apartment homes has garnered attention since opening to the market Feb. 11 include diversity in price points, diversity in floor plans, amenities and the village's easy proximity to local business centers and schools, she said.
NEWS
From The Los Angeles Times | January 18, 2012
What do you do when it turns out a wealthy investor can't actually come up with $174.5 million as promised? If you're Beverly Ray Parkhurst, who owns the landmark Balboa Bay Club and Resort in Newport Beach, you call off your planned sale of the company to Winston Chung of Hong Kong and entertain other offers, as the Times reported Tuesday. And with your financials improving, you may decide to hold off on a sale altogether for now, a top club official said. Chung, a battery and electric-vehicle entrepreneur, attracted considerable attention over the last two years by investing in Southern California specialty-vehicle makers and promising to establish a green transportation industry in the Southland.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | November 21, 2011
NEWPORT COAST - Managing Director Giuseppe Lama still has the receipt from the Resort at Pelican Hill's very first customer and purchase: an early-morning cappuccino. Pelican Hill, owned by the Irvine Co., runs an occupancy rate of about 70% year to year, with highs spiking up to 90% in the summer months, but the travertine marble halls were quiet and the valet empty Nov. 26, 2008, when the resort first opened. "The vision hasn't changed or altered," Lama said of the 504-acre "Tuscan Village" resort which took three years of construction and opened during the peak of the recession.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill is Condé Nast Traveler readers' top resort in the country, according to the results of the annual 2011 Reader's Choice Awards released last week. Pelican Hill, which celebrates its third anniversary Nov. 26, scored 96.3 in the annual awards that rank more than 1,120 top resorts and hotels worldwide. The Newport Coast resort is the only Southern California resort to earn a top national ranking in the history of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, said resort spokeswoman Kate Starr.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
The Resort at Pelican Hill was recognized as a AAA Five Diamond destination for the third consecutive year since opening in 2008, a resort spokeswoman announced. American Automobile Assn. diamond ratings are determined by an evaluation of a resort's level of service, decor and amenities, according to company spokeswoman Kate Starr. "As our third anniversary approaches later this fall, the entire Pelican Hill team is honored to be recognized with the AAA Five Diamond Award for the third time, Giuseppe Lama, resort managing director, said in a prepared statement.
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