One Cali stop you just can’t miss is Newport Beach. A world of glamour, natural beauty and top-class luxury, you’ll immediately feel like you’re rubbing shoulders with the elite when you arrive here. Pull up at Balboa Bay Resort and enter a beautiful property whose décor is undeniably coastal and wonderfully fresh. Your home for the next few nights, settle in for sun-kissed days and pure indulgence…
Having spent your first afternoon relaxing on the property, the next day you’ll really get to explore Newport’s harbor as we’ve arranged a full-day hire of a Duffy Boat, the electric boats so associated with Newport. With a gourmet lunch and wine pre-prepared and packed onto the boat by Balboa Bay Resort, you’ll be set for hours of fun out on the water. The boats are extremely easy to handle, and will take you on a beautiful, slow-paced cruise around the bay. Bring your own music device on board or listen to the built in radio, pop open a bottle of bubbly and embark on your own little adventure in paradise.Read more
Back on dry land, feeling sun-kissed and relaxed; settle down for an al-fresco dinner at the resort’s A&O Kitchen+Bar restaurant. With an outdoor seating area right next to the rows of luxury yachts that dock here, spend a few hours enjoying the ambience and the delicious food.
GET YOUR SURF ON
The next day, you’ll be driven across to the Newport Beach Peninsula to discover the beauty of the wide sand beach and the quirky boutiques that abound here. Today you’ll also have a private surf lesson lined up, complete with gopro hire, so should you manage to stand up (you will, we have faith) you’ll have video evidence to prove it.
That evening, head back to Balboa Bay for a gourmet dinner at the stunning Waterline restaurant, yet another nautical-inspired offering that serves up spectacular dishes like lobster risotto and seafood linguine. After your meal, make the most of your in-room bottle of Trinitas wine and settle down for a spot of people-watching on your waterfront balcony.
CULTURE & SHOPPING
Today, you’ll head inland for a private tour of the Orange County Museum of Art. Home to more than 3000 pieces, this wonderful museum places particular emphasis on Californian art, so it is a great spot if you’re looking to brush up on your West Coast history. Once you’ve finished here, you’ll then head off to meet your personal storeper, who will take you to the most luxurious Newport boutiques to fill your bags with the chicest outfits, just in time for your evening dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht.
Back at Balboa Bay, freshen up and head over to Newport Harbour, where you’ll board your vessel and be greeted with a glass of chilled champagne. As the sun sets, dine on a three-course meal and watch the lights of Newport flicker from the shore and reminisce about your short but sweet stay in this wonderful destination.