There’s something about Newport Beach that keeps visitors constantly coming back for more. The intoxicating charm begins and ends with the radiant year-round California sunshine, as well as the ocean breezes and pristine beaches along more than 10 miles of coastline. It’s here that your SoCal dreams come to life – towering palm trees, golden sands and Pacific sunsets that creates an ambiance that simply cannot be recreated. On top of the spellbinding beach life, Newport Beach mixes in a little bit of French Riviera, the leisure of North America and your typical dash of Los Angeles glam. The result is a sophisticated yet laid-back coastal town that’s a prime destination for yachties, surfers and everything in between. With the wind and sun in your face, this lively Southern California hotspot delivers the perfect holiday filled with leisure and relaxation.
Where to Stay
Even by Orange County standards, Balboa Bay Resort offers a sunny escape that won’t fail to leave you impressed. The storied hotel dates back to 1948 when it was founded as the Balboa Bay Club, an exclusive yacht club where Old Hollywood stars would take a much-needed getaway to enjoy the coveted California sun. The 160-room hotel continues to embrace its marvelous harbor location with fresh, modern and contemporary furnishings, including stylish platform beds. Around the hotel, you can enjoy a full-service spa complete with nine sumptuous treatment rooms, exquisite waterfront restaurants and idyllic panoramic views. The concierge can even arrange a 1965 Mustang rental in the color of your choosing and arm you with maps and a stocked picnic basket.
Our Newport Beach Destination Guide also includes Luxury Hotel Guide, which lays out the top options across the city.
Where to Dine
Andrea is all about authentic Italian cuisine – and if you think you’ve heard this so many times in various places but always leave unimpressed, then know that at Andrea you will not be left wanting more. In its refined dining space and elegant ocean-view lounge, this well-known established artfully recreates the storied culinary traditions in classic dishes bursting with the flavors of Northern Italy. The talented chefs and kitchen staff at Andrea start each and every day by hand-rolling more than a dozen variations of fresh pasta. The delicious aromas of simmering sauces made from scratch are simply irresistible and seasonal ingredients come together in a unison of original, mouthwateringly good dishes that offer experienced diners a fresh point of view. The uncomplicated yet focused menu is delightful and inviting – once the food arrives, you can almost feel that sense of familiarity you’d get at an Italian home.
Our Newport Beach Destination Guide also includes a Restaurant Guide for some of the top-rated gastronomic experiences to plan for.
What to Do
From whale-watching to wine tastings, Newport Beach offers unlimited possibilities during your stay. Surfing, swimming, volleyball, paddle boarding and sunbathing are popular year-round activities along the golden California coastline, as are strolls along the handsome waterfront promenade and pier. Golf enthusiasts shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit the world-famous Pelican Hill Golf Club. The course features 36 fabulous holes, nearly all with jaw-dropping ocean vistas, that will quicken your pulse and stir your soul. For your dose of local culture, head to the tremendous Orange County Museum of Art, which highlights Californian art and some of its cutting-edge contemporary artists.
Newport Beach unsurprisingly offers some of the state’s most acclaimed shopping options. Of all the options, however, Fashion Island is the one that shouldn’t be missed. This outdoor ultra-premium fashion destination seamlessly blends designer boutiques with exquisite restaurants and an expert team of complimentary personal shoppers – an experience that will leave all fashionistas satisfied at the end of the day. Towards the end of your stay in Newport Beach, it’s hard to top an afternoon of unwinding and relaxation at one of the many lavish spas, where you can indulge in a variety of skin and body treatments meant to rejuvenate and refresh.