by dailykongfidence

“I have a deadline. One more email. Give me a second. We’re running late. Can you hurry up? We have to go!”

We live in a fast-paced world where we are always on the go. We get caught up in the day to day hustle of obligations, commitments, work, activities, and forget that while we are doing things for our family, we aren’t spending time with the family. And there is a distinct difference.

While quality time can be spent at home, it’s hard to completely unplug and focus on family time when there are so many distractions that beckon at you. To really get away and spend some quality time together, we headed a short 10 miles from where we live to The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, CA. While only mere miles from home, I felt like I was in my own little world. Surrounded by the lush greens of a championship golf course overlooking the tranquil waves of the Pacific Ocean, THIS was the place for our family to spend some quality time together.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is reminiscent of Northern Italy with its Palladian-inspired architecture. The Resort offers 204 Bungalow guest rooms and 128 Villas that introduces an unparalleled level of serene luxury yet also feels like a home away from home. Situated on an elevated plateau that meets the landscape sweeping down to the ocean, the view from The Resort at Pelican Hill is nothing less than picture-perfect.

Welcome to The Resort at Pelican Hill

Postcard perfect views of the golf course and Pacific Ocean

Lush landscape and panoramic views from every angle

We had the opportunity to stay in the Villas for our family staycation and these two to four bedroom Villas bring a new meaning to luxurious yet comfortable living. Our four-bedroom, 3,581 square feet Villa was incredibly spacious that it felt like a shame to be staying there with just our immediate family of five. I resisted the urge to call over my two sisters and their families to stay with us and share this enormous Villa!

Four bedroom Villa 735

Lush greenery and succulents everywhere

Double doors leading to the perfect staycation

The Villas at the Resort were designed to maximize views of the surrounding ocean, golf course, and fields while still maintaining a sense of privacy. While the Resort was at near full occupancy the weekend we stayed, you wouldn’t have known this from the peaceful sounds of nature you heard. Each Villa was designed to have a harmonious flow between the interior and exterior space where the Great Room meets the private terrace. With such an extensive floor plan, you can definitely have multigenerational families staying at these Villas and still have so much room. Each Villa is accompanied by its dedicated Villa staff (including concierge, butler, and personal chef upon request), snacks and additional necessities provided based on a questionnaire you complete before arrival, gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Nespresso machine and tea, 24-hour in-Villa dining, flat screen TVs in every bedroom, limestone fireplace, technology to enhance your stay (including high-speed wireless Internet, MP3 port, etc.), private garages, private washer and dryer, and exclusive access to the Villa Club’s heated pool and cabanas.

Our Villa tour

Open floor plan with adjoining kitchen and living room

Plush sofas and limestone fireplace invite guests to comfort

Living room view of the private terrace

Formal dining room that can sit up to eight

Gourmet kitchen with complimentary beverages and snacks

Living room access to the private terrace and ocean view

Private terrace views of the golf course and the Pacific Ocean

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While each of our children could have easily escaped to their own bedrooms in the Villa to play iPad or watch TV, we gathered around the immense living room and gourmet kitchen to nibble on some of the prepared snacks from the Resort (thank you Butler Jesse) and drink from the well stocked fridge (including milk for the kids and beers for adults) and plan what we would do together. With plenty of options for the entire family (all succinctly summarized in the “Weekly Pelican Experiences” trifold in our Welcome Packet) from Camp Pelican, to the Coliseum Pool, the Spa, Crystal Cove, or a round of golf, we decided to head to the pool for some fun in the sun!

Excitement over the carefully curated welcome basket via Villa Private Concierge

Making plans for the day

The Resort at Pelican Hill is probably most known for their iconic Coliseum Pool. Not only is it is one of the world’s largest circular pools, the pool houses 1.1 million hand-cut mosaic glass tiles that were laid by hand! With its tiered decks and luxurious cabanas, guests are at a postcard-perfect location with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and idealfor watching the breathtaking Californian sunset in the evening hours.

Coliseum Pool upper deck seating and cabanas

One of the world’s largest circular pools

Double tiered decks line the Coliseum Pool

Breathtaking views of the Pallidian-inspired architecture

Private cabanas available at the Coliseum and Villa pools

Picturesque views and memories to be captured

Coliseum Pool fun

Separate kiddie pool for younger tots to enjoy some pool time

Beautiful plants and flowers line the entire property

What many guests don’t know is that there is also another pool on the property. Exclusive to Villa guests only, the private Villa pool has all the luxury, staff and attention that the Coliseum Pool does, but on a more intimate scale. The pool is quite expansive for being just for the Villa guests and overlooks the Villas with a sprawling view of the ocean. This was actually our pool of choice not only because it was a short three minute walk from our Villa, but it was less crowded and the service was impeccable. When the kiddos weren’t splashing in the pool, they were having foosball and ping pong tournaments off to the side of the pool. We loved not having to leave the Villa Clubhouse all day, enjoying lunch (hot dogs, burgers, and the best chicken tenders ever) poolside and also being able to rinse off in the spa-like showers in the bathrooms at the Villa Clubhouse. We literally spent the entire afternoon hanging out together at the pool laughing, splashing, little bit of fighting (let’s be honest here), but making memories overall.

Follow me to the Villa pool

The exclusive Villa pool

Fun in the sun, do not disturb

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Foosball anyone?

Once our skins were bronzed with a golden tan, we called for a ride with our Butler in his Mercedes GL to the main Pelican Hill entrance and took a family stroll among the expansive property. Our conversation led to what we were grateful for and our summer plans. Needless to say, just after one day of being at the Resort, the kids were anxious to return again next month to take full advantage of Camp Pelican which offers incredible youth activities all day long and of course the pools. For a quick pre-dinner treat, I enjoyed the best iced honey latte at the Caffe & Market while the kids indulged in the Resort-made gelato. Live music filled the Great Room Social Lounge around 5PM where we relaxed before dinner and enjoyed handcrafted cocktails for just $5! The kids even danced to the live band who kept the guests entertained with their amazing covers.

Staring out at the gorgeous views

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Family stroll to explore every inch of the Resort

One of many beautiful fountains on the Resort

A latte and some laughs at the Caffe & Market

Enjoying the live band in the Great Room Social Lounge

Tired from the day’s festivities, we headed back to our Villa. There is just something about relaxing back in your spacious Villa and unwinding to a bottle of wine, conversation and laughter without worrying about kids running around or getting bored while the adults talk that is so nice during a vacation. We ordered in for dinner and the gourmet kitchen had everything we needed to have a family style meal from plates to silverware to even cooking supplies (but since we were on vacation there will be no cooking). We enjoyed our dinner while watching the sunset over the ocean from our terrace.

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Catching the last sunlight on the private terrace

We retired to bedrooms (still shocked that we each got our own room) and slept soundly on the plush but firm mattresses and pillows as we snuggled in the cozy, plush comforter and sheets. You can only imagine the dreams we conceived for the excitement of another day filled our heads.

Luxurious mattresses and bedding in all of the bedrooms

Upstairs master bedroom

Ocean view from upstairs master bedroom

Master bathroom double vanities

Master bathroom marble soaking tub

Bathroom amenities from The Spa

Bathroom toiletries including dental kit, shoe mitt, and shower cap

Downstairs master bedroom with separate entrance

Downstairs guest bathroom

Guest bathroom with shower

All bedrooms have a writing desk and chaise for extra room and comfort

Kid’s double queen room

Kid’s double queen room

Note from my daughter to our Butler Jesse

Gorgeous natural light filled the living room of the Villa as we woke up to the remarkable views of the ocean and sounds of chirping birds. With a hot Nespresso in hand, we lingered outside in our plush robes on the terrace taking time to just appreciate it all. Being outdoors and seeing such a stunning view helps to fill your heart with gratitude, appreciate the present moment, completely savor the experience, and starts the morning off on a positive note.

Morning shenanigans

Sunday morning cartoons

Comfy beds = more time for snuggles

Taking time to appreciate it all

Our check-out time was 12PM, however, the Resort allows their guests to use their facilities the entire day even after you have checked out. You’d better believe the kids would not let us leave the property without a fight. So we didn’t put up a fight. I mean, another day at this breathtaking resort, who are we to argue? While we could have picked any of the numerous activities going on that day at the Resort, the kids were just as excited to go back to the pool as they were the day before. So we repeated the previous day’s events but it was even better. This staycation was exactly what our family needed to rediscover the joy of pure relaxation and quality time together in unparalleled comfort and space at the Resort.

The Resort at Pelican Hill is truly the ideal location to enjoy the best of everything Southern California has to offer. From daily activities to amazing dining and proximity to major theme parks, shopping and museums, it is THE luxury family destination to book.

Pelican Hill Golf Club (36 holes)
The Spa at Pelican Hill (16 years old and up)
Fitness & Wellness Classes (from Zumba, to hikes, to Boot Camp, to Yoga)
Camp Pelican (4-12 years and 13-17 years)
Coliseum Pool
Villa Pool (exclusive to Villa guests)
Crystal Cove State Park and Beach (complimentary coach service from Resort)
Fashion Island
Crystal Cove Shopping Center
Close to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo

Caffe & Market
Great Room Social Lounge (cocktails, Tea Modern, Social Hour on Fridays and Saturdays only, live music)
Andrea Ristorante (lunch, dinner)
Coliseum Pool & Grill (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Pelican Grill (lunch, dinner, live band)
Villa Club (breakfast, lunch)
Piccolo (dinner)

Southern California has its fair share of breathtaking resorts, but none feel quite as luxurious yet family friendly as the Villas at The Resort at Pelican Hill. From the resort lobby, smiling service, the manicured golf course to private terraces and shimmery Pacific Ocean views, the memories you make here will be passed down from generation to generation.

Throughout our entire staycation, not one rushed comment was made. They were replaced with, “Take your time.” “Sure, I can do it right now.” “Let’s play again.” “I’m glad we did this.” “I love family time.” And that my friends, is a sign of a vacation well spent.

The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Coast, California 92657

With holidays and summer right around the corner, make sure you check here for information on special packages.

We’ll be back soon!

Thank you to The Resort at Pelican Hill for sponsoring our incredible family staycation and helping us make memories to last a lifetime.

Photos by Lisa Chen

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Camille May 26, 2017 - 8:06 am

Wow what an incredible resort, glad that you had a great time 🙂

Camille xo

dailykongfidence May 26, 2017 - 10:24 am

Thank you Camille, it truly was such a wonderful time and we enjoyed every second! Have a great weekend!

Jessica C May 26, 2017 - 9:26 am

I’ve been to the Pelican Hills Resort a few years back for their brunch. I was definitely impressed. This is one of the best resorts in all of OC for sure. You are so lucky you got invited to stay with them… what a gorgeous place and I love all your photos!!

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dailykongfidence May 26, 2017 - 10:26 am

Yes Jessica, they have an amazing brunch too! It is one of my favorite brunches in Orange County and you’re right, the Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the best resorts. Even just to spend the day here at the pool and have lunch is such a treat.

Mariann Yip May 26, 2017 - 12:31 pm

That resort looks amazing! I think it’s always great to get away and spend some with family 🙂

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:09 am

Thanks Mariann it was SO nice to just get away an unplug and really spend time together.

Danielle @ Follow My Gut May 26, 2017 - 12:37 pm

You make me want to leave Altadena right now and head over to Pelican Hill! What a nice getaway for your and your family. Not gonna lie, the kids jumping on the bed looked like the most fun right above laying out poolside and watching the live band. What a blast that you were all able to hang out together and spend some quality time with one another. Can’t wait to see your next trip!!!

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:10 am

Haha you are too funny Danielle. But yes, sometimes the simplest things like jumping on the bed is the most fun. Just creating moments where you can laugh and be silly and enjoy each other’s company. Thank you!

Stephanie May 26, 2017 - 4:37 pm

This seriously looks like the best place ever to have a family vacation. I loved watching your video and seeing the whole place in action! It’s so giant and luxurious. I bet it was just the nicest place to relax and enjoy time together!

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:11 am

Hi Stephanie! It really was the perfect staycation and the kids had so much fun. They can’t stop talking about it!

Jessi Malay May 26, 2017 - 4:52 pm

This resort looks absolutely amazing babe! Looks like you had such an amazing time Pelican Hill… major travel envy! <3

XO Jessi,

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:12 am

It is so beautiful Jessi and I know it is somewhere you would love yourself and so close to home! If you ever need some downtown and want to relax by the most amazing pools, you should come to Orange County!

Jennifer Lee Quattrucci May 26, 2017 - 5:28 pm

Dear Christine,
This was truly such a pleasure to read. It’s so true about deadlines, wanting to read and respond to one more email and all the running around we do for our families that sometimes we forget to slow down and actually enjoy our families. It’s so wonderful that the five of you had this time together and I think it’s adorable
that you wanted to include your sisters and their families because the Villa was so huge. And yes, the Villa. Wow !!! What a completely amazing resort. The surroundings are so beautiful and you had so many incredible activities to choose from. I definitely need to find out when my family can take some time
and experience Pelican Hill for ourselves. I love the outfits you choose as well and such amazing earrings from the Bauble Bar.
Thank you so much for such a delightful share!
Yours truly,

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:14 am

Thank you so much Jennifer. As a mom, I love that you understand. The Resort at Pelican Hill was just what we needed and it brought us closer together and I actually had time to just relax and hang out (which never happens at home). The Villa was beautiful and I even told my sister that she has to come the next time with her family too. Hopefully you can make a trip to CA sometime soon and check out this amazing property with your family!

Kate Tik May 27, 2017 - 8:28 pm

Wow! Reminded me of how stunning this place is. Last year my mom came to LA and we spent a weekend at Pelican Hill and boy did we have a blast!! I must go back soon. Thank you for sharing this.

dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:08 pm

It’s such a perfect place to spend a getaway. I am glad you were able to show your mom such a beautiful resort like Pelican Hill.

marcy May 27, 2017 - 9:53 pm

I always love a family vacation no matter where they are. Its about quality time!!
I have to say you have such a beautiful family and looks like you all have so much fun. The hotel looks absolutely amazing and a place to relax and just disconnect.
Im loving that hat I also have one but with a different message hehehe


dailykongfidence May 27, 2017 - 10:09 pm

That is very true Marcy. Quality time is so important and I loved that we really got to unplug here at the Resort at Pelican Hill. It was the best staycation we could’ve asked for and next time we will be back with our extended family too!

Candace May 27, 2017 - 10:22 pm

Before now, I’ve never heard of Pelican Hill, but after reading your post and seeing your pics, I’m so anxious to visit! I’m sure the Villas you stayed made your trip that much more enjoyable. It literally looks like heaven away form home! The views are stunning and the fields are gorgeous! It’s always nice to have a place full of people, yet you can’t hear a peep. I would love to bring my family here one day, parents and everyone else included because of the privacy we can all still have, yet being on the same property. It would be the perfect place for a family reunion! I just can’t get over all those amenities they have. I’d never want to leave!

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:53 am

It is such a beautiful resort and perfect to bring your entire family here and occupy the Villas. There is so much room for everyone and just incredible memories will be made. I totally didn’t want to leave and luckily I live close by and can do another staycation here soon!

Bernice May 28, 2017 - 12:19 am

Pelican Hill sounds like the perfect getaway from the rat race! Plenty of luscious grounds for picnics, a big bed to sleep in, and homely yet modern suite to relax

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:54 am

I love that it is gorgeous and luxurious yet also comfortable and not stuffy. It is the perfect place to get away for families and for couples.

Hadas May 28, 2017 - 1:23 am

that resort looks amazing!

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dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:54 am

Thank you Hadas, the resort is quite beyond amazing!

Zorica May 28, 2017 - 3:16 am Reply
dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:55 am

Hi Zorica, thank you so much for stopping by. Yes this place is perfection!

Gracie May 28, 2017 - 5:07 am

WOW I am ready to leave now to vacay at Pelican Hill. The whole resort looks incredible. It would be hard to leave – something for everyone.


dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:55 am

Gracie, you would love it here. I know you are coming to college in CA so when your family visits you definitely need to stay at the Resorts at Pelican Hill!

Samantha Mariko May 28, 2017 - 7:27 am

Everything is just so luxurious about the Pelican Hill, I absolutely love it! You’re so lucky you were blessed with an amazing location and perfect weather to enjoy the most out of it. The room looks spectacular and so relaxing!

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:57 am

It truly is so luxurious but also easy and comfortable. It is located in the perfect spot next to amazing restaurants, beach, and shopping. The Villa is the best part!

Jordan Chapman May 28, 2017 - 12:47 pm

Jessica, Pelican Hill looks beautiful! I love seeing resorts that have obviously put the time, money, and effort into making a quality resort, it’s stunning! It’s a great place from rooms to outside and I’m glad you had an amazing time!
Jordan xx

Thomas Falkenstedt May 28, 2017 - 1:36 pm

Now this is what we all need in our life every now and then. The comments following your staycation prove it. It is true we live a very fast paced life and it doesn’t require much to break that pattern. Traveling far away is unnecessary when there is beauty so close to us and a place like The Resort at Pelican Hill where we make the magic happen. That villa sounds so luxurious and soothing for both body and mind and the views over the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking. I’d love to play golf on that course with those views surrounding me. As for me I need a vacation really bad and as I don’t live in Cali, I’d need a week or two at Pelican Hill to truly unwind and calm myself down, not to mention getting that bronzed skin. This truly seems like an amazing retreat and I’m thankful for the lovely review you wrote about it!

Raysa García May 28, 2017 - 8:38 pm

Oh, wow. What an amazing place!!
Stunning photos. You looked absolute gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing this with us babe.

Edward Gelber May 29, 2017 - 1:24 am

Your outfits look great on you! Loving this whole look!!!!

Helen Chik May 29, 2017 - 6:33 am

Oh. My. GOD! This place looks like such a dream and I would’ve wanted to move in permanently with that space! The fact that everything looks so homey but luxe at the same time is just perfect! Sometimes its just nice to go somewhere and enjoy the short trip for what it is rather than the superficial aspects. Glad you got to go away with your entire family because it looks like so much FUN!

Helen xx

Nina May 29, 2017 - 7:53 am

This place looks adorable. What a breathtaking view.And the pool looks awesome .

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dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:58 am

Thanks Nina, it really is breathtaking. The pools are amazing and surprisingly not crowded even though we were there on a weekend.

Theoni May 29, 2017 - 1:29 pm

This place is amazing! Loved your outfits hun!

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:58 am

Thanks Theoni! The Resort at Pelican Hill is incredible and a must visit place in Orange County!

Miri May 29, 2017 - 1:50 pm

WOW! You look amazing in bikini. And I love to see how much fun your family had. This resort sounds like a dream.

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 10:59 am

Hi Miri. This resort is a dream and we loved being there. The family had an amazing time and the kids are still talking about it.

Michelle May 29, 2017 - 2:28 pm

What a great vacay with this kids! I often say that when you are traveling with kids it’s just that – traveling not vacation. This however seems like a vacay for all! The Resort at Pelican Hill sounds AMAZING! My kids would flip too! So luxurious and I’m impressed with all the attention to details. And loving your vacation style – how cute is that hat – or that tasseled dress??!! So good!

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 11:02 am

Totally Michelle! Usually you need a vacay froma vacay but here, you don’t. I really felt relaxed and unplugged and we were able to fully enjoy the time together. It was SO nice to say the least!

Jasmine K May 29, 2017 - 6:33 pm

What a beautiful location! I’ve been meaning to visit Pelican Hill Resort sometime in the near future. You should definitely check out the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay!

– Jasmine K

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 11:03 am

You would love it Jasmine! It is so relaxing and luxe and perfect to just get away even for one night.

Ellie May 30, 2017 - 12:15 am

That’s so so beautiful!;-)<3

dailykongfidence May 30, 2017 - 11:04 am

Thank you Ellie. The grounds are truly magnificent as are the views.

Sophia May 30, 2017 - 1:24 am

Amazing post – looks like such a relaxing but exciting stay. Really beautiful photos would love to go there some day!

Natalia k May 30, 2017 - 4:14 am

Wow wow wow is all I could say while scrolling through your blog. You are totally right whilst we work we are doing stuff for the family but then we are not spending time with them and so important to do.
It’s not the same at Home !
I would love to have a vacation with my family at The Resort at Pelican Hill.
By the way your family is adorbs and I saw your hat that you wore in this post on your Instagram feed and I want it so much

Open Kloset May 30, 2017 - 6:19 am

Hey Darling,
Hows you?
The Resort at Pelican Hill Looks Like a Dream, sooo Perfect for Families:)
I would Visit sooo much with my Hubby:)
Loved the Spa, the Outdoor and to be Honest, Everything:)
I see that you had Soo much Fun with your Family and your Kids are so cute:)
They Look soooo Happy:)
Your Outfits were incredible too:) That RM Maxi Dress … wow:))))
Love Kisses
Open Kloset By Karina
Happy Tuesday

sophie May 30, 2017 - 6:56 am

This is simply heaven on earth.The place is breathtakingly beautiful.The pictures are so gorgeous.Makes me really want to go on vaccation.Wow this resort is simply a dream.Amazing and really, thanks for sharing.

Sharon Wu May 30, 2017 - 8:04 am

i was following along your adventures on your IG stories and was soooo jelly of all the pool time you and the kiddos had! this resort is really beautiful and you captured it exactly so! i’m longing for a summer getaway now… haha. maybe i’ll do a staycation nearby so i don’t have to worry about the pets >_< hope you had a great MDW! xo, sharon

wanderlustts May 30, 2017 - 9:39 am

While this was a resort you went to spend time with the family, I couldn’t help but think of how beautiful and perfect a place like this would be a marriage proposal haha! Imagine being treated to all these luxurious amenities (um like a butler that drives you around in a Mercedes?! Yes please), a gorgeous place to yourself, with a breathtaking view you could wander for hours in. On top of that, you have gourmet food AND a live band. It couldn’t be anymore perfect!
I love how you also brought along with you the perfect vacation maxi dress. Honestly fits in with the whole vibe!
This is somewhere I could definitely see myself going for a relaxing vacation. sometimes we can’t just go city hopping and trying to squeeze in all the touristy stuff, sometimes we need a place to be pampered and wind down exactly like this. Definitely will be on my bucket list.


Adelina May 30, 2017 - 10:28 am

Oh my gosh! What a beautiful staycation destination! Looks like a great place to bond with family and leave your worries behind.
xx, Adelina

Manda May 30, 2017 - 12:21 pm

“I have a deadline. One more email. Give me a second. We’re running late. Can you hurry up? We have to go!” Literally all of those words come out of my mouth most days of the week! You are SO SO right! There is a big difference in doing things for the family and not spending actual quality time with the family! It’s so hard to completely unplug and focus on family time when there are so many distractions! How amazing that you live so close to The Resort at Pelican Hill and a resort that offers so much to do! The landscape sweeping down to the ocean is so beautiful! 3,581 square feet Villa! I mean that’s larger than most peoples homes! I’m not sure if that could even be classified as a villa! It’s a super kid friendly resort it seems! The pool is stunning and I am blown away by all of the beautiful images you captured of the resort and your family! I’ve been looking for some place to stay while traveling that accommodate the little ones and this meets all the requirements!

Manda |

Diana May 30, 2017 - 1:12 pm

Omg, this place is just perfect for family vacation. It is so fun to see your kids enjoyed their stay and your husband enjoyed this trip as well. I love your outfit and amazing interior of the hotel. We would love to check it out next time we are back in USA.

Marie May 30, 2017 - 3:00 pm

This post was AMAZING! I’ve only been there for brunch but to see the resort and villas and everything they have to offer…incredible! Staycations are a favorite of ours and I think I’m going to book this sooner rather than later. I can’t believe how gorgeous the grounds are and the pools are to die for!!! It’s amazing that even in socal we have so many beautiful places to stay at right in our back yard. Thanks for the post and info!!

Amy May 30, 2017 - 4:10 pm

I’ve always wanted to stay here!! It looks like the perfect weekend staycation away from LA : ). Hope you and the kiddos had the best time – glad the resort was so family friendly and suitable for all ages! Your outfits are beautiful as well.

xx, Amy

Jessie May 30, 2017 - 7:10 pm

O-M-G! Girl, you know how to live your life!!!!!!

what a stunning hotel! Your vacation photos makes me want to travel again, although I just came back from another break last week >.< I guess the travel buys are always hungry =P

I love your resort outfits! specially the floral maxi in the last outfit! dang! it's so gorgeous and yet slay! I love style! Btw, your kids are so cute! Finally seeing a post with your whole family =)

xx, Jessie

Jamie May 30, 2017 - 8:01 pm

Loving all your outfits! Looks like you had a great family trip!

Aurela lacaj May 30, 2017 - 8:52 pm

Soon as I started to read your post “one min, pls one more email, this is me telling my fiancee every time we have plans to go somewhere. Life goes by so fast and without realizing your kids are off to college. Staycation are the perfect way to get away in your own city. OMG the resorts looks so luxe and dreamy (can I please move there). The view is absolutely amazing. I loved the video you shared, you get a better sense of what the Villas look like. Now I want to travel and stay in a fabulous resort like this. Your family is so beautiful, still can’t believe you are a mommy of three. I love all your looks but adore the blue dress on you. I am happy you got to spend quality time with your family and relaxed by that amazing pool. Thanks for sharing, now I wan to book a trip to California 🙂
Aurela xoxox

Ann-Marie May 31, 2017 - 2:14 am

Wow! The villa’s interior is incredible!

Nina Nguyen May 31, 2017 - 4:28 am

I’m glad you had a great time, looks amazing! You have such a beautiful family!!
xx- Nina

Eliza May 31, 2017 - 6:42 am

Yes, unfortunately, we spend so much time apart… And that’s true, there is no time to unplug and focus on family fully as we wanted it to. But there are days and occasions, like this one you mentioned when we can spend time somewhere far away. I think this Resort at Pelican Hill is a perfect place to do so. I would be glad to spend some time there and enjoy the nature, the view, the peace. Especially in my own Villa! How fab is that?! This place literally looks so good and home-like, you have everything you may need and that’s fantastic. I also love the classic design. And wow, the Coliseum Pool is such a treasure! I really enjoyed watching your video and reading this post!

Cheers, Eliza |

Cindy Elena May 31, 2017 - 7:51 am

It looks like such an amazing resort! I’m big on family vacations so it was so heart warming to see your family enjoy themselfs
xo | Cindy Elena

Aimara May 31, 2017 - 8:43 am

What a great post you’ve put together about The Resort at Pelican Hill. Your Villa looks amazing and I love all the photos. They def have it ALL!
Sometimes it’s very important to disconnect and enjoy some quality time with the people we love and this was the perfect way to do so.
You have a beautiful family and so glad you guys had an awesome weekend!
Thanks for sharing!

Jo May 31, 2017 - 12:32 pm

Wow this resort looks so dreamy to stay in! The hospitality sounds absolutely impeccable as well. I could use some time to disconnect from it all for sure, and this place definitely seems like the place to do it!

xo, Jo

Andreea Birsan May 31, 2017 - 1:03 pm

Indeed, everything happens so fast in these days and we are constantly on the go. I sometimes find myself covered up in work that I don’t even have the time to eat or drink water. But yeah, having a break at this resort sounds heavenly! Loved your villa, it looked so cozy, just like a home and also chic! The living room along with terrace had the most beautiful and relaxing view ever. I’d love reading a book on that terrace and enjoying the view :). Really hope you had a great time at the resort! Wishing you a lovely day! xx


Maryam May 31, 2017 - 1:26 pm

Looking through your pictures bring back so many memories for me. I used to live in the area so I often visited the resort. I have to agree with you, every little detail is so gorgeous and that view is spectacular. I’m so glad you had a great time there with your family.

xx, Maryam

EVA May 31, 2017 - 1:43 pm

No words how cool is everything. So spacious incredibile the view. Such a cute family and your outfits are very beautiful. The boho dress from Minusey , the swimsuit, the slides with pearls …..

Jessica May 31, 2017 - 5:54 pm

What a gorgeous view and I am loving all of the amenities they have! You make me want to go on an escape so bad!

Jessica |

Jacqueline May 31, 2017 - 5:59 pm

Wow this seriously looks like the perfect getaway. And you’re so right. With so many distractions it’s so hard to just unplug. I hope you and your family had an amazing time. It looks relaxing and like you made a lot of good memories

Warren Pasi May 31, 2017 - 6:02 pm

This resort looks amazing, so spacious and that view you and your family are so lucky! Hope you had a fabulous time and by the way great video I think a perfect addition to all these great pics.


Vanessa May 31, 2017 - 6:05 pm

Woow! What a beautiful paradise to spend a relaxed time! I totally agree, sometimes because of the hectic pace of life we simply don’t take the time to enjoy quality and unique moments with the family. And that is the most valuable thing! That Resort at Pelican Hill is so wonderful. I live in San Diego, CA so I will definitely write this destination on my list. I love the villas, they are hug, luxurious and with a very nice decoration.The views are so dreamy, totally breathtaking. I’m pretty sure that you enjoyed every single moment there,having fun in such a great pools with your kids. You can’t never get tired of all the great activities that this resort has to offer.
Love it, thanks for sharing!

Sheree May 31, 2017 - 7:15 pm

The Pelican Hill Resort is beyond amazing!! I’ve only been there for weddings but never stayed there, I didn’t know that they have 4 bedroom villas!!! Everything looked so luxurious with super high end appliances and plush beddings. I am loving the fact that it has multiple pools and activity options. I would def want to stay there for a staycation and bring the whole family. I don’t think I’ve seen your family on the blog and it is so endearing to see them making special appearances! 😀 Your kids are adorable and it looks like they really enjoyed and had a great time as well.

~ xo Sheree

Jessica May 31, 2017 - 9:13 pm

This place sounds like heaven! Your post has me seriously looking into booking a trip there with my family. From the villas to the butler to the private pool just for the villa guests, it sounds like the perfect staycation for sure! And yes to unplugging while not needing to travel to far away from home. xo, Jessica

Mihaailo May 31, 2017 - 11:29 pm

This place looks like a heaven! I need to visit it!

Dimito Michiyo June 1, 2017 - 12:20 am

Spending quality time is so important and you have emphasized it with your beautiful writings!

Dimito Michiyo

Lily Rose June 1, 2017 - 1:37 am

I’ve been to Newport Beach area but didn’t know to stay here. Is it pet friendly, our family is consisted of 2 of us and 2 dogs :). The Resort at Pelican Hill is so so beautiful, thanks for sneak peeks at this reminiscent of Northern Italy with the Palladian-inspired architecture. The villa you stayed in is gorgeous, so spacious. And the amenities are world class. I don’t blame the kids for wanting to come back to the pool on the second day, I would too! I’m excited that even when you check out you could still use the facilities, that’s very nice of them.
Every photo you took here is postcard picture perfect. I need to check out this hotel when I visit southern Cali next.

-Lily from With Love Lily Rose

Ana Vukosavljevic June 5, 2017 - 2:51 am

I’ve never been here! It looks so damn good and luxurious!! I would love to go here on a getaway weekend.

I loved all the photos as well as your looks, you are looking amazing!

Sending lots of love,

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