Balboa Bay Resort
Sitting along 15 acres of natural wonder, the classic proportions and terracotta tiles of the Balboa Bay Resort bring a faintly Mediterranean ambiance to this Southern California hotel. Inside, the look and feel are pure Orange County — sleek, nautical, and friendly. The only Forbes Four Star, AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort in Newport Beach, it has hosted everyone from Bogart and Bacall to Jerry Seinfeld, and when you stay in the spacious guestrooms, dine in the sea-view restaurants, and relax around the expansive pool, you’ll see why.
- Choose from 159 luxurious guestrooms, all with private balconies
- Soak up the sun on the elegant, harborside pool deck
- Dine by the water on locally-caught fish and Californian wine
- Plan an event in one of six stylish spaces — or on board a sleek 128 ft yacht
- Treat yourself to a relaxing massage using heated seashells at the spa
- Explore the yacht-filled harbor on one of the hotel’s electric Duffy boats
With its gorgeous harbor views and a tagline — one of many — that says it measures its backyard in nautical miles, you’re going to want to head out onto the water. The hotel can provide you with kayaks and stand up paddleboards, and for the full California dream, surf lessons, too. Boat rentals are also available.
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Cool cream and blue tones set off by espresso wood furniture create a calm setting in the hotel’s 159 spacious guestrooms. Standard, Courtyard View, and Bayview rooms come with one king or two queen beds, all dressed in Frette linens, and private balconies with outdoor chaise longues. Upgrade to Bayview and One Bedroom Suites for separate sitting areas, some with fireplaces.
In addition to 24-hour in-room dining, the resort’s Concierge Services Team is always happy to assist you during your stay. Whatever you need, whether it’s a desire to take your partner on a helicopter tour of Newport Beach or tickets to a show in the city, there is no task too big.
Whether you want to dine in a restaurant, socialize in a gastropub, or simply grab a coffee and a pastry, you’ll never be far from the water at Balboa Bay Resort’s three outstanding eateries. Expect both casual fare and fine dining options.
Waterline – This laid-back and sophisticated restaurant with a fresh, nautical design is open all day, its menus covering everything from power smoothies and lobster omelets at breakfast to tuna poke, pan-seared scallops, and Kobe beef burgers at dinner. A kids’ menu will keep children happy, and the indulgent Sunday Brunch is famous in the local area.
A&O Kitchen + Bar – Reclaimed wood and communal tables make this oceanside gastropub a friendly spot to dine in. Take a seat at the iron-clad bar for a glass of local IPA or pinot noir, or order from an eclectic and delicious menu of small bites and classics, including fish tacos and fried chicken.
Blend – Get your freshly-brewed coffee, pastry, panini, or gelato to-go, or be tempted into taking a seat. Whether you eat inside the cozy café or out on the breezy waterfront terrace, it’ll taste just as delicious.
Balboa Bay Resort is designed to ensure you relax. The balmy Orange County sunshine makes basking around the beautiful pool on teak and linen loungers tempting, or you can get out and explore the harbor, either by renting one of the hotel’s 12-seater electric Duffy boats or under your own steam by kayak or stand up paddleboard. If you prefer to exercise indoors, you’ll find an extensive 24-hour fitness center. Visit the spa for whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and treatments including citrus facials and seashell massages.
The concierge team is ready to make your dream California vacation a reality. Whether you want to learn to surf, play a round of golf, or take the kids to Disneyland, they’ll help you make it happen. Popular activities include hiking in the nearby national parks, deep-sea fishing charters, and day trips to enjoy the beaches and waters of Catalina Island. San Diego and Los Angeles are within driving distance or accessible by train for an urban excursion. Luxury shopping destinations are also nearby, including Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza.
Balboa Bay Resort
Set in the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast, Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront position makes it an ideal place to experience Newport Beach’s sun-drenched, fun-filled lifestyle. Nearby is Catalina Island, accessible by ferry, as well as many other popular options for shopping and dining.
John Wayne Airport is 7 mi / 11 km away.
Long Beach Airport is 14 mi / 22 km away.
Los Angeles International Airport is 50 mi / 80 km away.
San Diego International Airport is 85 mi / 137 km away.
The resort is just off Pacific Coast Highway and offers valet and self-parking.