If you want to be beside the ocean, plot a course for a vacay in California’s Newport Beach. Midway between Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, Newport Beach is a destination that’s made for surfers out to ride big waves or mariners off to sail around the Pacific. When you’re not all at sea, a great hotel is where you’ll want to be – so, take in the coastal charm of this SoCal city at one of the best places to stay in Newport Beach.
Why should you stay at Balboa Bay Resort? Some say – and we agree – that the full-service spa and daybeds by the pool offer California-level relaxation bar none. Others claim, quite rightly, that the luxury bay-view suites with Crema Marfil marble bathrooms are to die for. And still others will insist that the greatest way to spoil yourself at Balboa Bay is to rent a cozy Duffy Boat mere feet from your suite and explore the waters yourself. So what’ll it be? Check in and try all three.
Already posing for an in-vogue vacation? Fashion Island Hotel will have you ready for your close-up. Your followers will be green glimpsing the dazzling pics you post from the luxe resort-style pool. Get camera-ready with a fresh cut and a straight razor shave in the Barbershop. Swagger out of your suite to the outdoor Fashion Island shopping center, where you’ll find more than 100 exclusive boutiques to shop at. And if you end up on the cover of a magazine – well, don’t forget us little people, who sent you to this fabulous place.
Get that Cape Cod feeling combined with a California coastal vibe at Lido House. This isn’t a hotel – it’s your beach house for however long you desire. The Topside Roof Deck hosts Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar: the only place you’ll want to be, sipping champagne when the sun sets. Boost Spa will keep things serene after sunrise with scalp treatments, body scrubs, wraps, massages and everything else your body requires. Don’t flop forever at the spa, though; your cottage is waiting for your friends to arrive, for chatty evening drinks – inside or out.
Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel makes it its mission to stimulate the senses. Tastebuds will receive full titillation over lobster beignets at Current Coastal Cuisine. Your SPFd-up skin will be in seventh heaven as you lounge in the rays that play on the pool. Now and then you’ll hear the yaps of your pup – tail-waggingly thankful that you upgraded to the king suite. And colorful murals throughout the lobby brighten your morning as you follow your nose to the coffee bar.
No need to put your feet through their paces when you’re at the closest hotel to Newport Beach. The whole experience is as laid-back as a California sunset. Breakfast for two? Complimentary and enjoyed in your room. Fancy a drink? The Lobby Wine Bar has liquid relaxation ready to uncork. Feel like exploring the boardwalk or pier? Take one of their free bicycles for a spin.
Experience a side of Newport Beach few get to see at this rambling 500-acre (200ha) resort. It’s another planet, you’ll agree, as you submit to the full body, mind and soul treatments at the spa. Prefer something with a little more swing? There are 36 holes of oceanside golf to be played, private poolside cabanas to switch off in and a carefully mixed menu of Italian classics and California cuisine to graze your way through. You’ll think you’re closer to Tuscany than Tijuana every morning you wake in your Mediterranean-style villa.
The refined charm of a bed and breakfast, the location of a world-class resort and the creature comforts of home are all part of your stay at Doryman’s Oceanfront Inn. Cozy up in your second-floor suite – by the fireplace, if the temperature dips, or in a four-poster canopy bed. Downstairs, 21 Oceanfront Restaurant has colossal tiger prawns and steamed lobster tails waiting for your delectation. Appetite sated, cross the street to the Newport Beach Pier for amazing ocean views from atop the ferris wheel – for a novel spin on an amazing holiday.
Any golf holiday you fancy will go with a swing at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. It’s par for the course, as in, their executive par-3 golf course encourages perfect R&R as you wander over the greens under the California sun. Pencil a tennis match into your itinerary, too, at one of 16 illuminated courts. We would say volleyball and shuffleboard are on the back-nine, but chilling in one of their three sun-bright pools is about all the activity you’ll be interested in after a day or two.