Set on 504 acres in the hills overlooking the Pacific between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, this lavish resort showcases an Italian-inspired style with a circular courtyard, ochre-hued walls and graceful arches. The 204 bungalow rooms and suites, about half with sea views, provide living-dining areas, limestone fireplaces, terraces and spacious baths with granite counters, walk-in showers and soaking tubs. Also, 128 villas offer two-, three- or four-bedroom configurations with full kitchens and butler service. Six dining options include the formal Andrea for Northern Italian cuisine and Pelican Grill for a classic California dining experience. Amenities include a stunning, perfectly circular mosaic glass-tile pool, an expansive spa and a kids’ club. Golf is available at the nearby Pelican Hill Golf Club's two Tom Fazio-designed championship courses.