Pelican Hill’s Top 10 Holiday Events And Enteraining Ideas

Pelican Hill® along the coast of Newport Beach, ranked the top Golf Resort in California by Condé Nast Traveler readers, presents its top 10 holiday entertaining idea for groups large and small. New this year, Pelican Hill introduces off-site “Around Town” catering and events at top venues throughout Southern California.

“Expanding upon our specialty area of creating remarkable Resort events, Pelican Hill now offers off-site venues with the same gracious personalized service and delightful cuisine that keeps guests buzzing about their experience long after the event,” said Giuseppe Lama, Managing Director of Pelican Hill.

Acclaimed for its casually chic coastal ambiance, iconic Palladian architecture and ocean-view event spaces, Pelican Hill combines superb facilities, luxurious amenities and creative catering to deliver memorable social, corporate and philanthropic events.

“Pelican Hill’s 500 acres overlooking the Pacific coastline offer a variety of spaces, activities and formats for unforgettable holiday entertaining, from private cooking classes and intimate spa soirees for small groups, to Italian street festas and poolside acqua lounge performances for large gatherings,” said Lama.

For this holiday season and beyond, Pelican Hill recommends its top 10 ideas for exceptional entertainment, delectable cuisine and unprecedented experiences:

1. The Acqua Lounge
Cirque-style performers, troupes of synchronized swimmers and live musicians dazzle guests in, around and atop the Resort’s Coliseum Pool. As one of the largest circular pools in the world, the Coliseum Pool provides a remarkable outdoor setting for entertaining groups of 150 guests or more. Reception or banquet-style catering paired with comfortable decorative furnishings and creative outdoor lighting complete Pelican Hill’s Acqua Lounge event concept.

2. Italian Street Festa
Along the Resort’s olive tree-lined bungalow lanes, an outdoor Italian Street Festa brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy to Southern California’s own “Tuscan Seaside Village.” Reception-style gatherings of 100 guests or more feature olive oil and wine tasting, strolling musicians, stilt-walkers, Venetian-masked entertainers and other traditional festivities to celebrate la dolce vita!

3. Private Chef-led Cooking Classes
For groups of eight to 15, chef-led cooking classes entertain guests with hands-on preparation, multi-course seasonal menus and paired wines. Classes are set in the gourmet kitchen of a luxurious private Villa overlooking the Pacific coastline. Recipes cards and chef’s cooking tips make the perfect parting gift for this gathering!

4. Spa Soirée
For a relaxing and rewarding gathering, spa parties grow ever more popular for busy professionals and parents alike! Whether it’s Pedicures & Prosecco, a Balanced Wellness Retreat, the Barber Chair Experience or an Afternoon Escape featuring spa lunches and massages, The Spa at Pelican Hill personalizes Spa Soirée events for groups of 16 or less.

5. Cabana Party
Overlooking one of the world’s largest circular pools, an amphitheater of 18 luxurious cabana suites at the Coliseum Pool provide a stunning ocean-view setting for celebrations of six to 116 guests. Flat-screen TVs and BOSE audio systems within each cabana bring the comforts of home outdoors for slide shows, sports-viewing and other on-screen entertainment.

6. Wine Tasting & Cheese Professor
Weather it’s a large gathering on the Resort’s spacious ocean-view terrace or an intimate group event on the terrace of a private Villa, Pelican Hill’s cheese professor and Resort sommelier turn the typical wine and cheese reception into an insightful seminar. This epicurean experience entertains by nurturing the mind and nourishing the taste buds!

7. Golf & Grill
Two ocean-view Fazio-designed golf courses, both ranked by Golf Digest as two of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, accommodate group tournaments for golfers of all experience levels. Pelican Hill Golf Club coordinates rounds for groups as small as 13 players, or tournaments as large as 144 golfers. After a game of golf, players enjoy grill food favorites in the Pelican Grill private dining room, or outdoors barbeque-style on the Club’s spacious terrace.

8. Yoga with a View
Take in an endless view of sea and sky in the breathtaking setting of The Resort’s idyllic Rotunda and Event Lawn. Although this space traditionally creates the magical ambiance of Pelican Hill’s outdoor wedding ceremonies, its panoramic Pacific vistas and charming white rose garden also provide a serene environment for a group yoga session. This relaxing activity is followed by healthy refreshments served al fresco to create a memorable gathering among friends, colleagues or family.

9. Tea Time Get-Together
For traditional afternoon tea or special occasion tea parties, the Great Room at Pelican Hill welcomes social, charitable and business gatherings for six or more guests. The simple luxury of tea service delights with tea, sandwiches, scones, pastries and wines by the glass. A grand glowing fireplace, plush residential furniture and a classical harpist complete the timeless elegance of Tea Time Together.

10. Pelican Hill Around Town
New to the Resort’s event and entertainment offerings, off-site catering at superb Southern California venues introduces more variety paired with Pelican Hill’s unsurpassed service and quality. Options include the natural setting of the Irvine Ranch’s Bommer Canyon, the historic allure of an adobe-built California Mission, and the magnificent mystique of a sustainably designed wine cave, the nostalgic charm of a hacienda-style canyon estate, the thrilling vibe of a premiere automotive museum, and the timeless beauty of a private hilltop Villa in Laguna Beach.

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 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.