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Southern California’s Pelican Hill Debuts With “Top Two” U.S. Resort Ranking and “Top 25” Worldwide Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

Luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler this week announced the results of its 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards, in which Pelican Hill Resort® ranked “top two” among mainland U.S. resorts in its debut year on the list. Among the “Top 100 Best in the World 2010,” Pelican Hill topped all California hotels and resorts, earning scores that place the nearly two-year-old resort at number 22 worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers, just as we approach our second anniversary this November,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “It was an honor to have been singled out by the editors for the Hot List in 2009, and this reader feedback means that not only have they followed the editors’ advice and given our property a try, but we have indeed succeeded in providing unprecedented experiences and inspiring fond memories of their stays with us.”

Ranking the best cities, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, resorts and car rental agencies worldwide, the complete awards results appear in Condé Nast Traveler’s November issue and are derived from the Readers’ Choice survey, in which 26,000 readers voted on more than 10,000 properties and destinations.

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 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,” the largest circular pool anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. 

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.