Gather For The Holidays With Seasonal Celebrations, Family Entertainment And Epicurean Experiences At Pelican Hill

Newport Beach’s Only Five-Star Resort Presents Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating, Nutcracker Tea Party, Breakfast with Santa and Oceanview Holiday Ballroom Brunches

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 22, 2014 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® invites guests and locals to celebrate the holiday season along the coast of Newport Beach in sunny Southern California. Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort presents epicurean experiences entertainment for all ages across Pelican Hill’s ocean-view restaurants, lounges and ballrooms.

“During this special time of the year, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, we invite guests from near and far to embrace the spirit of the holiday season with time-honored traditions at Pelican Hill,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “In addition to our annual ballroom brunches and family-friendly events, we are pleased to introduce new dining specials, such as Coliseum Pool & Grill’s Twelve Days of Dishes, featuring seasonally inspired cuisine paired with festive beverages.”

Pelican Hill presents the following featured family entertainment this holiday season:

Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating
Sunday, November 30 & Sunday, December 7 at 10 a.m.
Pelican Hill’s Pastry Chef highlights a favorite holiday tradition in this culinary class. Children ages 5 and older will enjoy lunch and create a masterpiece to take home. Parent supervision is required throughout the class for all children ages 10 and younger.
$80* per person

Nutcracker Tea Holiday Party
Sunday, December 14 & Sunday, December 21 at Noon
Children and their families are invited to enjoy an enchanting Holiday Season tradition, featuring a delightful Nutcracker ballet performance and holiday tea in the Resort’s elegant ballroom. Tea sandwiches, pastries and scones will be served.  Parent supervision is required throughout the tea and performance.
$85* per adult; $45* per child

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 20
Come and tell Santa your holiday wishes from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and their families will enjoy seasonal music and a traditional breakfast buffet, featuring favorites such as scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausages and French toast. A to-go candy buffet and Santa photo souvenir are included. Parent supervision is required throughout Santa visits and breakfast.
$60* per adult or child

Available Thursday, November 27, Pelican Hill’s Thanksgiving dining offerings include:

Thanksgiving Ballroom Brunch
Thursday, November 27
Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Dubray creates an exquisite Thanksgiving brunch buffet with classic dishes, accompanied by live entertainment and children’s activities. Available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$115* per adult; $55* per child

Thanksgiving at Andrea Ristorante
Thursday, November 27
Enjoy Chef Marco’s rustic Tuscan holiday menu and a live guitarist from noon to 10 p.m.
$130* per adult

Thanksgiving at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Thursday, November 27
Chef Derek presents a delectable four-course California grill menu from 11:30 am to 10 p.m. Entertainment includes a pianist, bass player and vocalist.
$120* per adult; $60* per child

Thanksgiving at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Thursday, November 27
A classic California breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to noon. From noon to 10 p.m., a Thanksgiving à la carte dinner menu features turkey specials.
Breakfast Buffet: $55* per adult; $25* per child

Holiday Caffè
Throughout November and December, Resort-made holiday gelatos, pastries, panettone, seasonal treats and other holiday desserts are prepared fresh and featured daily. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance for holiday entertaining. For holiday shoppers, the Caffè features traditional culinary accessories and gourmet goods.

Holiday Tea Time Renaissance
November 21 – December 30
A grand fireplace, ocean views and a classical harpist set the scene in the Great Room for traditional afternoon tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (Tea Service unavailable New Year’s Day.)
$55* per adult; $40* per child

In December, Pelican Hill features the following epicurean experiences and entertainment:

Twelve Days of Dishes
December 1-12
Coliseum Pool & Grill presents a dozen distinct à la carte specials inspired by the spirit of the season. Pair each day’s dish with a seasonal beverage from our special menu of cocktails starting from $12* each.

Hanukkah Feasts
December 16-24
Visit Coliseum Pool & Grill or enjoy In-Room Dining for special lunch and dinner menus. Does not include kosher cuisine.

Christmas Day Ballroom Brunch
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate Christmas overlooking the Pacific Ocean with an unforgettable feast of traditional cuisine, accompanied by a classical harpist. Children’s activities include Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and a children’s entertainment show at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations recommended.
$115* per adult; $60* per child

Christmas at Andrea Ristorante, Lounge & Terrace
December 24 & 25
Chef Marco brings an Italian holiday festa to Andrea on Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Andrea features an all-day special menu from noon to 10 p.m. with a variety of holiday dishes and an acoustic guitarist serenading the ocean-view dining room.
$135* per adult

Christmas at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Derek presents a California grill three-course Christmas Eve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Live entertainers perform in the lounge from 6:30 to 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, enjoy a California grill three-course menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., as well as a limited regular menu and special lounge menu.
$120* per adult; $60* per child

Christmas at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Delight in a classic California Christmas overlooking the Pacific Coast, with an ocean-view breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon, three-course dinner menu from 5 to 10 p.m. and à la carte menu from noon to 10 p.m.
Breakfast Buffet: $55* per adult; $25* per child
Three-Course Dinner: $85* per adult; $40* per child

In-Bungalow & In-Villa Christmas Dining
Cozy up by your fireplace on Christmas Eve with traditional Christmas fare from a special holiday menu, available from 5 to 10 p.m. The full in-room dining menu is also available. On Christmas Day, a special Christmas à la carte menu through in-room dining is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with the following celebrations at Pelican Hill:

New Year’s Eve at Andrea Ristorante
Chef Marco brings “Il Cenone,” the Italian Gala, to Newport Coast with a four-course menu and two dinner seating options from 5 to 7 p.m. or from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Early (5-7 p.m.) Seating: $160* per adult without wine pairing
Late (8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.) Seating: $225* per adult without wine pairing

New Year’s Eve at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Derek creates a California grill four-course prix fixe menu, available from 5 to 10 p.m. Celebrate in the Lounge with dancing, entertainment by a five-piece band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and a midnight balloon drop marking the New Year, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco for each guest!
$145* per adult without wine pairing or $175* with wine pairing

New Year’s Eve at Coliseum Pool & Grill
Savor a three-course prix-fixe celebration menu from 5 to 10 p.m., as well as à la dinner selections and a festive lounge menu from 10 p.m. to midnight. A three-piece band entertains from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with a midnight balloon drop and complimentary Prosecco toast.
$110* per adult; $50* per child

New Year’s Eve in the Great Room
Celebrate with live music, a midnight balloon drop, a complimentary Prosecco toast and an à la carte New Year’s Eve celebration menu from 6 p.m. – midnight.
Complimentary for Resort guests, or $35 per non-resort guest.

New Year’s In-Room Dining
For overnight Bungalow and Villa guests, In-Room Dining offers a festive à la carte menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. On New Year’s Day, a pre-order Champagne Breakfast includes a split bottle of Veuve Clicquot and à la carte menu options.

New Year’s Day at Pelican Grill & Lounge
Chef Derek presents a special New Year’s Day football viewing Lounge menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

New Year’s Day at Coliseum Pool & Grill
A special breakfast buffet features smoked salmon, shrimp and a ribeye carving station from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$60* per adult; $30* per child

For reservations and more information, please call 855-467-6800 or visit

*Prices exclude tax and service charge.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at 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-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); 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; Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, 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.