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Pelican Hill Receives Andrew Harper’s Prestigious Recommendation In Hideaway Report’s April Edition

The Resort at Pelican Hill® has earned the notable recommendation of Andrew Harper, one of the most distinct voices in luxury travel. Published in the April 2011 issue of the highly respected luxury travel publication Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the favorable review, entitled “The Resort at Pelican Hill: An Opulent Seaside Retreat,” features a 95 rating for “an exceptional hotel/resort of great individuality and distinction” among Andrew Harper’s 500 Favorite Hotels in the World™.

“We are honored to be among the „best of the best? properties worldwide to receive Mr. Harper?s prestigious recommendation,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Since opening less than two-and-a-half years ago, the tireless passion, professionalism and integrity of Pelican Hill?s dedicated hospitality team have driven our singular, steadfast goal of delivering the possibility of perfection to guests time and time again.”

In addition to Mr. Harper?s current recommendation, Andrew Harper’s 2009 Readers Choice Awards recognized Pelican Hill as one of its "Top Golf Resorts." Recently, the Resort also earned acclaim as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 California Golf Resort, #22 Top 100 Best in the World and the Gold List 2011, all based upon ratings in the magazine?s 2010 Readers? Choice Awards. Travel + Leisure also ranked Pelican Hill among its “500 World?s Best Hotels” 2011.

Andrew Harper?s recommended properties are noted for possessing 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 trulyenchanting from the merely excellent. As editor-in-chief of his monthly members-only Hideaway Report newsletter, Mr. Harper publishes recommendations based upon a 100-point rating scale.

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 publication is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper, Inc. paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write opinionated 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 www.AndrewHarper.com.

About Pelican Hill Resort®

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 suites with ocean-view 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 in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report “500 Favorite Hotels in the World™” (2011), as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 California Golf Resort (2011) and #22 among the “Top 100 Best in the World” (2010 Readers? Choice Awards). Travel + Leisure also ranked Pelican Hill among its “500 World?s Best Hotels” (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.