Review: Balboa Bay Resort


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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.

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Part of the Meritage Collection, this is a one-of-a-kind hotel designed to offer outstanding service and facilities 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.

Style & Character

Clean and contemporary, with a laid-back elegance derived from the use of natural materials and the colors 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 center 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 color 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 large soaking tubs. Some can accommodate up to six people. Many rooms offer the option to choose between one king-sized or two queen-sized beds. Room Tip – Ask for a room with a Bay view.

Service & Facilities

With tasteful, nautical-inspired decor and a fabulous position right on the marina, the 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, and there is a mouth-watering Sunday brunch menu. 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 harbor, rattan furniture, and cozy fire pits, making this a very inviting spot to sit and enjoy a drink or two long into the night. For coffee, snacks, 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!

Balboa Beach Resort boasts a large pool lined with comfortable sun loungers, which should satisfy even the most exacting of sun worshipers. At the same time, those looking for some serious pampering will love the spa with its wide range of massage, facials, body treatments, and 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 many activities to take advantage of, from Duffy boat rentals and paddle boarding to kayaking. 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!

Food & Drink

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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