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Andrew Harper Names The Resort At Pelican Hill As 2012 Grand Resort On Prestigious Annual Awards List

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report has selected The Resort at Pelican Hill® as its 2012 “Grand Resort” honoree in the January 2012 Grand Awards issue. Each year, the highly respected luxury travel publication profiles the top hotels, resorts and travel experiences selected by Editor in Chief Andrew Harper.

According to Mr. Harper, the prestigious Grand Awards recognize “the crème de la crème of the properties that I have visited during the previous 12 months. Each has demonstrated a devotion to personal service and refined hospitality.”

“We are absolutely delighted by Mr. Harper’s selection of Pelican Hill as the 2012 Grand Resort,” said Giuseppe Lama, Managing Director of Pelican Hill. “This prestigious honor is a testament to the Pelican Hill team’s vision, passion and dedication to create a luxury destination to serve the world’s most discerning guests.”

In addition to the 2012 Grand Resort Award, the Hideaway Report’s 2011 Readers Choice Awards recognized Pelican Hill as one of its Top 9 Golf Resorts, Top 10 Family Resorts and Top 20 Spa Resorts in the October 2011 edition. The Hideaway Report also published a favorable April 2011 review, entitled “The Resort at Pelican Hill: An Opulent Seaside Retreat,” with a 95 rating for “an exceptional hotel/resort of great individuality and distinction” among Andrew Harper’s 500 Favorite Hotels in the World™.

Each of Mr. Harper’s Grand Award winners possesses exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. Mr. Harper does not evaluate hotels by means of a checklist, but uses his three decades of experience to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent. Mr. Harper’s favorite 19 properties visited within the past calendar year are identified in the January 2012 issue of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and online at AndrewHarper.com/grand-awards-2012.

Free of advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this newsletter is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper LLC paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write candid and unbiased travel reviews for a private membership service, which provides personalized travel-planning assistance, bespoke tours and valuable travel privileges to its members. For more information about Andrew Harper, visit andrewharper.com.

Since opening in late November 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill, located along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, has earned numerous accolades, including a top national Resort ranking in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. A complete listing of current accolades and awards, including acclaim from Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, Golf Digest and Los Angeles Times, is available at pelicanhill.com/Pressroom_Awards.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, Pelican Hill features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort and #1 California Golf Resort (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), in Travel + Leisure’s "Top 100" World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management. The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California. As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.