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Beach Retreats

Beach Retreats
The Resort at Pelican Hill with the Pacific beyond.

As every savvy traveler knows, accommodations can make or break a vacation. Some travelers prefer cozy cottages on the coast. Others opt for the ultimate in pampered luxury.

The Resort at Pelican Hill, a Forbes Five-Star Hotel in Newport Beach, is situated on a lush seaside hilltop surrounded by magnificent ocean vistas. Choose a beautifully appointed bungalow with fireplace and ocean-view terrace or a roomy villa with a personal butler. "We also do a lot of pre-arrival planning to personalize a stay according to our guests' preferences," said Kate Starr, the hotel's director of communications. With award-winning restaurants, two championship golf courses and a five-star spa, you can have a perfect vacation without ever leaving the grounds.


The exterior of the moderately priced Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel in Newport Beach may look ordinary, but inside you'll discover a charming coastal atmosphere. It's just steps from the beach and a short drive to boutiques, restaurants and the Newport Pier. Best of all are the personal touches at this family-owned gem, like the aroma of complimentary fresh-baked cookies wafting from the lobby every afternoon.

Nearby, Doryman's Inn is an oceanfront boutique hotel whose picturesque décor will transport you to back to the romance of the Victorian era. Each room is uniquely decorated in period style, some with fireplaces and canopied beds. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast on the patio and dine at the celebrated 21 Oceanfront Restaurant.


Within Crystal Cove Beach State Park are the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages, situated on the beach or bluffside overlooking the ocean. Originally built in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, they've been restored and decorated in authentic period detail. You'll find something for every price range here, from individual cottages to dorm-style accommodations. The historic community also includes a quaint beachside shopping area, seaside picnic tables and the Beachcomber, a landmark restaurant right on the sand.

Maxine Nunes for Newport Beach

Visit Newport Beach Inc. 1600 Newport Center Drive, Suite 120. Newport Beach, Calif., 92660. 800-94-COAST.