The Spa At Pelican Hill Announces 2011 Balanced Wellness Retreats With Celebrity Fitness Consultant Ashley Borden

The Spa at Pelican Hill®, a Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond wellness retreat, today unveils the second year of its 2011 Balanced Wellness program, featuring fitness and lifestyle consultant to the stars, Ashley Borden. New to the acclaimed program, The Spa at Pelican Hill will now offer one-day or two-day retreats throughout the year as personalized “Build Your Own Retreat” options, making the transforming mind, body and spirit experience more accessible to busy locals and visitors alike.

“Through the first year of our Balanced Wellness retreats, we have seen how human touch and the genuine goodness of gracious service can transform people’s lives while experiencing Pelican Hill’s private, retreat-like setting on 500 peaceful, pristine coastal acres,” said Spa Director Liza Esayian. “In its second year, we are making this valuable retreat more accessible to those who benefit from it most, but have not yet comprehensively engaged the wellness potential of their mind, body and spirit.”

Designed to inspire, teach and impart simple techniques that result in a more balanced and fruitful lifestyle, Pelican Hill’s Balanced Wellness program helps participants make lasting lifestyle changes by listening to the body and instilling healthier habits of living for optimal inner contentment and well-being. From motivational, interactive discussions to exercise and cooking demonstrations led by Ashley Borden, guests can explore their own personal potential, learn practical life improvements, develop a new philosophy of personal health and fitness, and a create a permanent course for a more positive and balanced life.

“We have created an intensive experience that will act as a cornerstone for guests to kick off true transformations of their bodies, minds and lives,” says Ashley Borden, whose clients have included Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Mandy Moore.

To enhance customization and convenience, the 2011 Balanced Wellness program offers a “Build Your Own Retreat” concept focusing on the qualities of time, value, personalization and flexibility. Participants may opt for a day retreat or overnight retreat, as well as one-day or two-day options. Transitioning from its prior weekday format, the 2011 retreat schedule is offered over accessible weekend dates. Following are Balanced Wellness dates for the first half of 2011:

• Friday, January 21 & Saturday, January 22
• Friday, February 18 & Saturday, February 19
• Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16
• Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21
• Friday, June 24 & Saturday, June 25

The Balanced Wellness sessions range from 15-20 guests in a nurturing group atmosphere and itineraries vary slightly from month to month. Pricing starts at $795 per person for a one-day retreat without overnight accommodations or $1,190 per person for a one-day, one-night retreat with ocean-view Bungalow accommodations. For additional package details, sample itinerates and pricing, please visit or contact Pelican Hill Resort reservations at 800.820.6800.

About The Spa at Pelican Hill
Evoking a “21st century wellness philosophy,” The Spa at Pelican Hill recaptures the original purity and effectiveness of the world’s most celebrated traditional treatments, such as the Lulur Italiano massage and the Body Gelato treatment. The Spa delivers unequaled indulgence in a cocooned, sophisticated ambiance where every sense is awakened and every moment is one of extraordinary pampering and rejuvenation.

The luxurious 23,000-square-foot retreat features a dramatic 28-foot-high Palladian rotunda; wall of flowing water; tranquil relaxation room; 22 private treatment rooms designed for quiet comfort and deep relaxation; an array of facilities including men’s and women’s Acqua Colonnades with herbal steam rooms, saunas, and a regal Roman bath; and separate dressing areas for men and women with every amenity and appointment. The Spa also offers a full-service salon, boutique, spacious fitness center and yoga room for a variety of wellness activities.

So much more than a place to enjoy a good massage, The Spa helps restore health and balance by immersing guests in the ultimate individualized care, providing a highly personalized voyage of fulfillment and realization with the most renowned therapies from around the world using only natural and organic products. The Spa staff is comprised of the most talented professionals in the industry who were handpicked as the finest in their trades. Additionally, professional naturalists on staff conduct everything from environmental education programs to tide pool exploration.

In its first year open, The Spa at Pelican Hill earned the top Forbes Five-Star rating, AAA Five-Diamond rating, Spa Magazine Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Awards as "Favorite New Spa” and Conde Nast Traveler’s "Hot List: 2009.” The 2011 Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Awards have again honored The Spa at Pelican Hill for the second consecutive year.

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.