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Best Hotels in California: Resort at Pelican Hill

Courtesy of Pelican Hill Resort

No. 2 Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, CA

Opened in 2008, the Resort at Pelican Hill redefined the upscale Orange County enclave of Newport Beach as a world-class destination. The 504-acre resort, comprising 332 guest rooms, includes a classically designed bridge similar to the ones that span the Arno River in Florence, but the centerpiece of the resort is the Coliseum Pool, the largest circular pool in the world. Eighteen draped poolside cabanas come complete with Bose music systems, 30-inch HD TVs, refrigerators, a dining table, and of course, pool butlers.

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