6 Newport Beach Experiences for the Luxury Traveler
It’s no secret Newport Beach offers the best of both worlds. For many, a trip here consists of endless beach days and lots of adventure, but there’s also an assortment of luxury shops, fine dining restaurants and high-end hotels if you enjoy the frills of vacation. And if luxury is more your style, this guide will help you discover Newport Beach’s sophisticated side—think yacht charters, ocean-view golfing, omakase dining experiences and more! Here are six Newport Beach experiences for the luxury traveler.
Stay in a Villa at The Resort at Pelican Hill
With a showstopper of a pool and a lavish Tuscan vibe, The Resort at Pelican Hill is the place to stay if luxury is at the top of your list. This stunning five-star property sits on 504 acres of pristine coastline and features breathtaking Roman aqueduct-style architecture, several on-site restaurants and beautiful villas and bungalows. The villas are next-level luxury with two- to four-bedroom layouts that boast ocean views, kitchens, terraces, dining areas and personal butlers. Guests who book one of these also receive access to the Villa Clubhouse, a lounge with a fitness center, a pool and relaxation rooms.
Play a Round at Pelican Hill Golf Club
Another key feature of The Resort at Pelican Hill, Pelican Hill Golf Club is a great way to experience golf in all its glory. Book a tee time and enjoy access to two scenic courses, the Ocean North and the Ocean South, where you can practice your swing on 36 holes in a marvelous seaside setting. Warning: with ocean vistas at every hole, keeping your eye on the ball can be a challenge.
Rent a Yacht From Newport Coast Marine Yacht Charters
Indulge in a touch of opulence with Newport Coast Marine‘s selection of private, luxury yacht charters. These state-of-the-art, meticulously crafted yachts are equipped with cutting-edge navigation technology and comfort systems, ensuring a luxurious on-the-water experience. Let your captain and US Coast Guard-licensed crew navigate the open seas or canals of the bay while you kick back, relax and soak up the sun.
Indulge in Sushi ii’s Omakase Experience
Helmed by Master Chef Susumu Ii, one of the finest sushi chefs in Southern California, Sushi ii offers diners an authentic Japanese dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is chic yet traditional in many aspects, and the kaiseki-style menu is perfect for those who want to try a little bit of everything. With local, seasonal ingredients and Japanese-imported fish, everything is fresh—from the nigiri selections right down to the rum raisin ice cream for dessert. Choose between three different omakase experiences and prepare for a culinary adventure like no other.
Helicopter Tour With OC Helicopters
Located in the Atlantic Terminal at John Wayne Airport, OC Helicopters offers aerial tours of the Orange County coastline. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of Newport Beach’s most famous landmarks, including The Wedge, Balboa Island and the historic Balboa Fun Zone. You also get to see miles of sandy beaches and blue waters! Ric Webb, the chief pilot of OC Helicopters, brings 25+ years of military service experience, ensuring your flight will be seamless and safe. To book a private tour, click here!
Lugano Diamonds, a renowned luxury jeweler, recently opened its official flagship location at Fashion Island earlier this year. Not only does this location feature the brand’s elegant “wearable works of art,” but it also houses a private club called Lugano Privé. This extension of the store offers memberships to existing Lugano clientele, who can experience Privé’s food and beverage program headed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, along with a specialized spirits menu, a wine club and curated invite-only events. If you happen to be a client of Lugano Diamonds, add an afternoon at Lugano Privé to your vacation bucket list!
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger