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Although there is less than 30 worldwide, Newport Beach residents can find one right in their own back yard: A Forbes five-star spa. The Spa at Pelican Hill was recently awarded the coveted five-star honor by Forbes Travel Guide in their 54th annual listing of five- and four-star hospitality establishments worldwide. The 3-year-old spa is the only one in Newport Beach to receive this award and one of only 20 in the US. "I've been in management of spas for almost six years now and getting the fivestar award from Forbes is truly the one goal that I've had at every spa I've worked at. It's the crème de la crème," said spa director Liza Esayian. "Being one of 30 spas in the entire world that has that award is just amazing to me." Esayian credits her staff and their dedi- Spa at Pelican Hill Awarded Five Stars by Forbes cation to guests for the award. "We don't want [the guests] to feel like just another number. We want them to feel nurtured, we want them to feel appreciated, we want them to feel that this is the place to come back to, especially our local guests," she said. "I think we've been able to find that recipe that works really, really well. And I think that's what's been able to get us that award three years in a row now." The Resort at Pelican Hill, owned by the Irvine Company, also recently received the . Ve-diamond award from AAA and the top U.S. spot in Conde Nast Traveler's 2011 Reader's Choice Awards. The resort showcases views of the ocean, Palladian-inspired Italian architecture, a Tom Fazio designed 36-hole golf course, restaurants and numerous bungalows and villas. The luxurious spa includes 22 private treatment rooms, a full salon, nail treatments, herbal steam room, sauna, whirlpool and areas to relax and enjoy a cup of the resort's unique blend of tea. Guests can also choose from a variety of complimentary . Tness classes, including a daily beach hike. Various discounts and deals are offered for those who need to get away without going too far. The best deals are during the week, keeping it easy and a¥ ordable for locals. They also o¥ er package deals. The spa also features the Balance Wellness program, a once-a-month o¥ ering of a two-day retreat focusing on areas in the guests' lives that need balance, Esayian said.
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