MENU
SEARCH
CLOSE

The Resort At Pelican Hill Earns AAA Five Diamond Rating For Fourth Consecutive Year

Achieving one of the highest travel ratings in the United States, The Resort at Pelican Hill® has earned the 2013 AAA Five Diamond Award for the fourth consecutive year since opening nearly four years ago. Earlier this year, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine rated Pelican Hill the World’s Top Golf Resort and Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report named Pelican Hill its 2012 Grand Resort.

“The story of Pelican Hill began more than two decades ago with a vision to create an unparalleled luxury destination to serve the world’s most discerning guests for the next hundred years and beyond,” said Giuseppe Lama, Pelican Hill Managing Director.  “Pelican Hill’s consistent top ratings by respected organizations like AAA re-affirm our commitment to this vision and our team’s collective passion for hospitality at its finest.”

As North America’s premier hotel and restaurant rating system, the AAA Diamond Award ratings vary for hotels and restaurants, providing AAA member travelers with informative and reliable information on accommodations and dining. AAA’s professionally trained inspectors use published guidelines to evaluate and assign each AAA approved hotel and restaurant a rating of one to five AAA Diamonds, indicating overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property.

Since opening in November 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill has earned numerous accolades, including recent honors from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Robb Report, Wine Spectator, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Los Angeles Times. Following below is a complete listing of Pelican Hill’s current accolades and awards:

AAA Five Diamond Award

2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010, The Resort at Pelican Hill

Forbes Five Star Rating

2012, 2011 & 2010, The Spa at Pelican Hill

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

Grand Resort Award 2012 (January 2012)

Recommendation with 95 Rating (April 2011)

Top Golf Resorts, 2011 & 2009 Reader Survey

Top 10 Family Resorts, 2011 Reader Survey

Top 20 Spa Resorts, 2011 Reader Survey

Condé Nast Traveler

Top California Resort Spa and #5 ranking in “Top 100 Resort Spas – U.S. Mainland,” Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (June 2012)

World’s Top-Rated Golf Resort & #1 California Golf Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (April 2012)

#1 U.S. Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 (October 2011)

#1 California Golf Resort, Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 (April 2011)

Top 100 Best in the World (Readers’ Choice Awards) 2011 & 2010

Gold List 2012 & 2011

Hot List: 2009, The Resort at Pelican Hill & The Spa at Pelican Hill

Travel + Leisure

Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S., World’s Best Awards 2012 & 2011

500 World’s Best Hotels 2012 & 2011

Top 100 World’s Best Hotels, 2011 Readers’ Poll

America’s Best Hotels 2011

America’s Best Coastal Hotels 2010

World’s Best Hotels for Families 2010

It List 2009

Robb Report

World’s Top 100 Resorts 2012

Best of the Best 2009

Wine Spectator 

Restaurant Wine List Award of Excellence 2012 & 2011, Andrea

Celebrated Living

Platinum Hotels 2011, Editor’s Mention

Platinum Spas 2010, Editor’s Mention

U.S. News

Best Hotels in the USA 2012 (Gold Badge)

Golfweek

Best Resort Courses 2012 & 2011

Best Courses You Can Play 2011, 2010 & 2009

Golf Magazine

Green Golf Resort Award 2012

Premier Resorts 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice (Silver Medal)

Premier Resorts 2010-2011 Readers’ Choice (Silver Medal)

Golf Digest

America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses 2011/2012, Ocean North & Ocean South

The World’s Greatest Golf 2009/2010, Ocean South 

Green Star Environmental Award Finalist

GolfWorld

Top 50 Resorts, 2009-2010 Readers’ Choice Awards 

Golf Odyssey 

Best New Resort, 2009-2010 Best Golf Vacations Destinations

Western Golf Alliance

Top 10 Southern California Golf Course Rankings 2012

Los Angeles Times

Best Southern California Golf Course, 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards

Best Italian Restaurant (Orange County), 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Andrea

Best Sports Bar & Grill (Orange County), 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill

Best Breakfast/Brunch (Orange County), 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill

Best Day Spa (Orange County), 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, The Spa at Pelican Hill

Entrée Travel Newsletter

Best U.S. Resort, Best of 2010

Orange Coast

Top 10 Restaurants 2012, Andrea

OC Metro

Green Team Awards 2012, Pelican Hill Golf Club

The Orange County Register

Best Place to Get Married in Best of Orange County 2011 & 2010 

Best Golf Course/Driving Ranges in Best of Orange County 2011 & 2010

Riviera Orange County

Best New Luxury Restaurant 2009, Andrea

OC Weekly

Best Golf Course, Best of OC Awards 2011, Pelican Hill Golf Club’s Ocean North Course

Smart Meetings

2010 Platinum Choice Awards

Spa Magazine

Favorite New Spa, 2009 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards

Elite Traveler

101 Top Hotel Suites 2009

TripAdvisor

Top 10 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the United States, 2011 Travelers’ Choice Best Hotels

Award of Excellence 2012, The Resort at Pelican Hill

Award of Excellence 2012, Pelican Hill Golf Club

Award of Excellence 2012, Andrea Ristorante

Gayot.com

5 Golden Keys Rating (Resort)

Top 10 Orange County (CA) Hotels 2011

Top 10 Orange County (CA) Romantic Hotels 2011

Top 10 Orange County Romantic Restaurants 2011, Andrea

Top 10 Orange County Chef’s Table Restaurants 2011, Andrea

Top 10 Orange County Italian Restaurants 2011, Andrea

Top 10 Orange County Food Rating Restaurants 2011, Andrea 

Top 10 Orange County Wine List Restaurants 2011, Andrea 

Top 10 Orange County Star Spotting Restaurants 2011, Andrea

Top 10 Restaurant Views in Orange County 2009, Coliseum Pool & Grill

OpenTable

Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for Italian Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea

Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for American Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill

Top 10 Orange County Restaurants for Best Ambiance, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill and Coliseum Pool & Grill

Top 10 Orange County/ Los Angeles Restaurants for American Food, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill

Best Ambiance, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill

Best Service, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Pelican Grill

Great for Lunch, 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards, Coliseum Pool & Grill

Top 50 U.S. Restaurants for Best Italian Cuisine, 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea

Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S., 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards, Andrea

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 as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort, Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2011 Readers’ Choice Awards), 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; 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.