NEWPORT BEACH — For as long as locals can remember, Newport Beach has been known as an easy Hollywood getaway.
Celebrities such as
And, of course, Newport had its best-known resident in the late
Perhaps the stars of today are taking a cue from old Hollywood because Newport Beach has again become a hotspot for celebrity staycations. The Pelican Hill resort, located just minutes from Crystal Cove, has graced the pages of People, US Weekly and other entertainment magazines. And the Balboa Bay Club and Island Hotel have also wound up on the gossip pages.
Giuseppe Lama, managing director of Pelican Hill, thought the ceremony came together wonderfully.
"It was so nicely done … from the flowers and décor to the menu," Lama said.
On May 28,
Besides big events, many celebs view the exclusive resort, which features two-, three- and four-bedroom villas — all with ocean views — as the perfect excuse for a quick trip.
Shortly after their 2009
This past June, "McSteamy"
"American Idol" Judge
Camp Pelican, a kids program for families staying at the resort, is no exception on celeb itineraries.
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
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
Lama was especially excited with one celebrity guest.
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."
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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.
On July 17, "Grownups" star
The villas are literally a home away from home, ranging from two-bedrooms with 2,193 square-feet to four-bedroom with 3,581 square-feet. From butlers to shoppers, Pelican can personalize their retreat so guests – celebrity or not – don't have to lift a finger.
"We enjoy providing a getaway for guests," Lama said. "Celebrities often tell us the resort 'feels like a world away' from Los Angeles."
Though Pelican is on the hot list right now, other resorts in Newport Beach also draw in guests, who sometimes make headlines while visiting the so-called California Riviera.
The Balboa Bay Club recently hosted Alexis Bellino, one of the "