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The Spa At Pelican Hill Earns Forbes Five-Star Award

Achieving one of the highest global travel ratings for the third consecutive year, The Spa at Pelican Hill® earned Five Stars in the 54th annual listing of Five-Star and Four-Star hospitality establishments worldwide by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide. The Resort at Pelican Hill’s nearly three-year-old spa is one of only 20 U.S. spas and less than 30 worldwide to earn the top Forbes Star Award this year.

“Pelican Hill is honored to be recognized among the world’s finest destinations for exceptional spa experiences, amenities and services,” said Giuseppe Lama, Managing Director of Pelican Hill. “The Resort’s team of spa professionals passionately strives to bring the best in balanced wellness and luxurious pampering to our guests each and every day.”

Since opening in late November 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill, located along the coast of Newport Beach in Southern California, has earned numerous accolades, including a recent top national Resort ranking in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. A complete listing of current accolades and awards, including acclaim from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, Golf Digest and Los Angeles Times, is available at http://www.pelicanhill.com/#/pressroom/awards/.

“Our annual ratings represent the best of the best in hotels, restaurants and spas. They serve as guideposts for consumers who are looking for exceptional travel experiences,” said Shane O’Flaherty, President, Inspections & Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide. “This year, we are thrilled to be able to provide rich new content for each of our Five-Star and Four-Star honorees on our just-launched travel planning platform, Startle. It’s a whole new way to explore which of these select properties is right for you.”

Forbes Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Star ratings and certifications, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. In October 2009, Mobil Travel Guide announced a strategic partnership with Forbes Media LLC. This exclusive licensing agreement between two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the hospitality industry’s premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.startle.com.

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, Spa Magazine Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Awards as "Favorite New Spa” and Condé Nast Traveler’s "Hot List: 2009.” The 2011 Forbes Five-Star have again honored The Spa at Pelican Hill for the third consecutive year.

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 "an exceptional resort of great individuality and distinction" according to Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, as Condé Nast Traveler’s #1 U.S. Resort and #1 California Golf Resort (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.