The Resort at Pelican Hill Announces $50,000 Favorite Memory Winner and Launches New Photo Contest Today

Newport Beach’s Only Five-Star Resort Continues Search for Favorite Memories in 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., January 19, 2015 – The Resort at Pelican Hill® today announces the winner of its year-long search for a $50,000 memory. A Resort guest from Chicago, who visited in October 2014 to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday, submitted a captivating, inspired and sentimental photo taken by his wife at the Resort’s iconic Coliseum Pool.

The winner’s photo features the silhouetted profile of the father with his arms reaching overhead, “high-flying” his daughter in the air against the backdrop of a colorful sunset sky on the child’s first birthday. While staying in the Villas, the family most enjoyed their relaxing swims together in one of the world’s largest circular pools. The happy moment depicted in the photo represents the winner’s favorite memory of the young family’s first getaway together to their preferred Resort destination along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California.

“This touching memory perfectly captures the essence of the experiences we aim to deliver for each and every Pelican Hill guest,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “We certainly look forward to welcoming this wonderful family back to celebrate their $50,000 memory and to return often in the future, as their child grows up at their ‘home away from home’ here at the Resort.”

Selected by a judging panel from more than 600 entries submitted since the Favorite Pelican Hill Memories Fifth Anniversary Contest launched in November 2013, the winning memory initially earned one of 12 monthly prizes to qualify as a finalist for the grand prize package worth $50,000. The Grand Prize includes a five-night Villa stay, dining, spa, golf, a Newport Harbor yacht cruise, a luxury vehicle rental, a special collection of gifts and much more. The winner plans to return to Pelican Hill with extended family to enjoy the grand prize experience and make even more cherished memories at his family’s favorite Resort.

Today, a new Favorite Pelican Hill Memories Contest launches with an invitation to submit favorite seasonally inspired Pelican Hill photos and stories online at for a chance to win quarterly prizes valued at $500, which will be announced about every three months throughout 2015. Eligible entries will be displayed online at Pelican Hill’s Social Lounge, as well as on its social media accounts. Complete details in the contest’s official rules are available at

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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 (2015).

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; Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and California Recreation Company®, which operates 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.