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From fitness to facial

The Spa at Pelican Hill is a great place to power up, settle back and wind down.

by julie ordonezPublished: November 01, 2012

If you’re interested in a spa experience that goes above and beyond the extraordinary, one that will truly set the standard above the rest, then look to the Spa at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. This month, the resort is celebrating Festa dell’Autunno, which brings a host of Tuscan traditions to Southern California.
The Spa at Pelican Hill has won the Forbes Five-Star rating the last three years, and with good reason. The 23,000-square-foot haven boasts a dramatic 28-foot-high Palladian rotunda, 22 private treatment rooms, expertly trained spa therapists, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and top-notch steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools.
I began my day at the spa with a morning Crystal Cove Fitness Walk. Accompanied by our walking tour guide, two other guests and I were taken via a complimentary shuttle to Crystal Cove State Park, located at a serene stretch of undeveloped coastline. We went on a 3-mile walking tour of this beautiful dream-like locale. The wonderful weather and picturesque setting made for a rejuvenating way to start the day.
Once back at the spa, I jumped into a Power Yoga wellness class, where an expertly trained instructor led a more experienced yoga student and I through an hour-long series of relaxing poses and exercises. Even though I was relatively inexperienced, the instructor provided gentle guidance and modifications suited to my fitness level.
After my body was refreshed and energized, it was time for my Classic Cleanse Facial, a treatment that helps increase circulation and prevent environmental skin damage. My spa therapist made sure to address my every need. Careful facial analysis and an assessment of my skincare routine allowed her to focus on my problem areas, and my skin was glowing by the end of the treatment.
I then enjoyed lunch in the relaxation room. The spa’s cuisine menu features a variety of seasonally fresh fare, decadent desserts, sparkling champagne and exquisite wines.
The Crystal Cove Fitness Walk, fitness classes and a healthy variety of other spa amenities are all complimentary to spa guests, so you can make your visit an all-day escape.
The Spa at Pelican Hill promises to provide its guests with nothing short of an incredible and completely luxurious experience from the moment you walk through the door.
And on this promise, it definitely delivers. pelicanhill.com

The Spa at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Beach; 949.467.6800