Beautiful Newport Beach in California is the ideal travel destination for sun and sand, gorgeous views, a wide variety of water sports, great shopping and fine dining. And if you’re after luxury accommodation right by the waterfront, then the Balboa Bay Resort is probably your ideal hotel. Part of the Meritage Collection, this is a one-of-a-kind hotel designed to offer outstanding service and facilities together with a relaxed, Californian vibe and “an exclusive encounter with an iconic location”. As the only waterfront hotel in Newport Beach, the Balboa Bay Resort certainly lives up to this description! You can fly direct to LAX from London Heathrow via various airlines including United, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. The resort is located about a 50 minute drive from LAX.
Clean and contemporary, with a laid back elegance derived from the use of natural materials and the colours of sand, sky and sea, the Balboa Bay Resort is a vast Mediterranean style hotel (spanning 15 acres) with three restaurants, a spa and wellness centre and first class corporate and private event facilities. With its own marina offering boat rentals on Duffy, water sports and an enviable waterfront position, this stunning resort is one of the top hotels in the whole Newport Beach area.
All rooms and suites at the Balboa Bay Resort have recently undergone a stylish refresh and now boast luxurious platform beds with upholstered headboards, individual reading lights and top quality Frette bed linen. Like the rest of the hotel, the colour palette echoes the natural surroundings to create a chilled out, beachside vibe. Rooms boast spacious balconies, marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and flat screen TVs built into the bedroom wall. Luxury suites benefit from additional living/dining space, kitchenettes and extra large soaking tubs. Some can accommodate up to six people. Many rooms offer the option to choose between one king sized bed or two queen sized beds. Room Tip – Ask for a room with a Bay view.
With tasteful, nautical inspired decor and a fabulous position right on the marina, restaurant Waterline is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner while admiring all the yachts moored up just outside. Fresh seafood or steaks are highly recommended, while there is also a mouth-watering Sunday brunch menu. A&O (Anchors and Oceans) Kitchen+Bar offers tasty Gastropub fare – think burgers, ribs, salads and snacks – in a relaxed setting with rustic wood floors and communal dining tables. The outdoor patio has a view of the harbour, rattan furniture and cosy fire pits, making this a very inviting spot to sit and enjoy a drink or two long into the night. For coffee, snacks and sandwiches or delicious gelato, Blend is your one-stop shop, whether you want to eat in or grab and go. Upon request, Blend will also make up picnic baskets for boat trips – the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon!
Pool and Activities
Balboa Beach Resort boasts a large pool lined with comfortable sun loungers which should satisfy even the most exacting of sun worshipers, while those who are looking for some serious pampering will love the spa with its wide range of massage, facials and body treatments as well as spray tanning and waxing services. The hotel also has an onsite fitness studio and hair salon. When it comes to getting out on the water, there are all sorts of activities to take advantage of, from Duffy boat rentals, paddle boarding to kayaking and much more. If you fancy a break from the hotel pool, there are some beautiful beaches to discover in the area, not to mention some fantastic golf courses and great shopping at Fashion Island. The list is endless!
The Rocky Road mousse at the A&O restaurant is a must-try!
In an unrivalled waterfront position in the stunning Californian resort of Newport Beach, the Balboa Bay Resort offers luxury accommodation, world class service and all the ingredients for a relaxing beach holiday.
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