When it comes to a weekend escape, you’re no stranger to luxury and leisure, and lucky for you, Newport Beach isn’t either. Our West Coast city is home to a world-class shopping scene, renowned restaurants and an assortment of five-star hotels with ocean views. So leave your ski boots at home this winter and escape to the sun-kissed city of Newport Beach for a weekend of luxury hibernation.
Unpack Your Bags at The Resort at Pelican Hill
Perched on 504 acres of stunning coastline, The Resort at Pelican Hill is a must-stay for those in search of an upscale getaway. This Tuscan-inspired resort tips its hat to the well-heeled crowd, offering an endless list of luxury amenities. From the resort’s beautiful on-site spa and acclaimed dining destinations to its show-stopping Coliseum Pool and perfectly manicured grounds, you’re sure to feel spoiled the minute you arrive. Tee off at the world-class Pelican Hill Golf Club while soaking in the ocean views, then treat yourself to a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage at The Spa at Pelican Hill.
Brunch at FIG & OLIVE
Cure your a.m. cravings with a leisurely brunch at Fashion Island’s FIG & OLIVE. This Mediterranean restaurant and bar serves up seasonal fare crafted with the freshest and simplest ingredients. Snag a seat in one of the cozy booths and start with an order of the Yellowfin Tuna Crudo or Spanish Octopus for the table. Then, move onto mains like the Mediterranean Baked Eggs or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes topped with blueberry compote and toasted hazelnuts.
Shop at Fashion Island
Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like a midday shopping spree. After you’ve satisfied your cravings, take a stroll through the shopping mecca of Newport Beach: Fashion Island. This outdoor lifestyle center is home to a variety of name-brand stores and local boutiques. You’ll find everything from Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to athleisure brands like Luluemon, Vuori and Alo Yoga (new!). Fashion Island also features several home decor shops, beauty stores and specialty accessory brands like gorjana, Warby Parker and more. There’s no better place to upgrade your winter wardrobe!
Cruise the Harbor With Newport Yachts
While activities like sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are wildly popular in our coastal city, nothing beats an afternoon on a yacht. Newport Yachts offers seafarers eight different vessels to choose from. Each model features a sleek interior, plenty of seating, sundecks and all the bells and whistles you could ever imagine. There’s no better way to cruise the bay.
R&R at The Spa at Pelican Hill
After a day in the sun, you’ll be overdue for some primping and pampering. Head back to the resort for some R&R at The Spa at Pelican Hill. This luxury wellness destination incorporates a variety of essential oils, infusions and other therapeutics into each treatment, leaving your mind, body and skin completely renewed. Soothe your senses with the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, or restore your skin’s natural glow with the Diamond Radiance Facial.
Seaside Dining at Louie’s by the Bay
Newport Beach’s Louie’s by the Bay is a sleek Italian-style steakhouse that sits along the picturesque Mariner’s Mile. Boasting 180-degree bay views, an elegant vibe and exceptional service, there’s no better place to sip and savor. Open daily for dinner starting at 4 p.m., Louie’s is a stellar spot for those in the mood for fresh pasta, prime steaks and chops and a fine glass of vino. Snag a seat on the patio and watch the boats cruise by for a truly enchanting evening out.
Après-Dinner Drinks at Under Cdm
With its red velvet sofas and retro 1940’s photo booth, it’s no wonder this hidden watering hole is a popular spot for a late-night libation. Located below CdM Restaurant, Under CdM sits just beyond the restaurant’s red upholstered leather door. Enter, and you’ll discover a sultry, intimate space, perfect for a nightcap.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger