Destination Inspiration: 48 Hours in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California is a coastal wonderland and home to some of the best beaches in the world. It’s where leisure and style come together in ten distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own unique charm. From yacht charters and five-star dining to world-class shopping and golfing, this is the ultimate guide to 48 hours of luxury in Newport Beach.

Day 1

Morning

Breakfast at Blue Chair Bakery
Start your day with baked perfection at Blue Chair Bakery – the local favourite. Specialising in pastries, desserts and bread, this quaint shop makes all it’s treats from scratch, using recipes passed down through generations. Grab a cup of freshly-ground coffee and a notoriously delicious cinnamon roll to start your day.

The Resort at Pelican Hill Spa
Your trip to Newport Beach truly begins at The Resort at Pelican Hill Spa – a haven for wellness, healing and inspiration within sight of the Pacific Ocean. Relax and unwind in a serene, refined space and sit back while your stresses, aches and imbalances melt away. Be sure to indulge in a spa package – which includes a personalised 50-minute massage or custom facial before you dine on your spa cuisine lunch and complimentary prosecco.

Afternoon

Lunch at Provenance
Provenance
focuses on seasonal offerings, with an ever-changing menu of fresh, flavourful ingredients – most grown in the restaurant’s own 1,300-square-foot organic garden. A full bar complements the food with fresh, seasonal cocktails that follow the same locally sourced culinary philosophy. Try their warm lemon ricotta poppy seed donuts, burrito and prosciutto or butternut squash ravioli.

Yacht Charter – Anchor Yacht Charters
Experience Newport Beach’s gorgeous coastline from the deck of your own private yacht. Sheer power and breath-taking speeds flaunt the race-bred heritage of the captivating 68ft Sunseeker Predator from Anchor Yacht Charters. Generously equipped for stylish entertaining, the interiors are full of natural light and are luxuriously finished. Including crew, harbour, cleaning, and refreshments, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this. If you’re looking for something a little less boujee, you can opt for a Duffy Boat hire

Evening

Dinner at Nobu Newport Beach
Artisans, tastemakers, chefs and curators flock to Lido Marina Village, a collection of shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques that represent the best of Newport Beach – elegant, comfortable and chic. Take advantage of Newport Beach’s docking and dining culture at Nobu Newport Beach, where you can moor your yacht and enjoy an alfresco meal. The newest addition to the world-renowned Japanese restaurant empire founded by Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, Nobu Newport Beach sits in 16,000 square feet of stunning two-story waterfront space, offering signature dishes like Black Miso Cod and Yellowtail Jalapeno.

Drinks at Topside Roof Deck
Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside offers a sophisticated space as special as its champagne pairings and expansive views of the coastline. A social scene built for residents and guests in a setting that frames both the harbour and beach, Topside exudes a true beach soiree vibe. Insider tip – there is a dress code, so make sure not to rock up in a tank top or board shorts.

Day 2

Morning

Breakfast at True Food Kitchen
Offering to a range of diets – including keto and paleo – True Food Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to start your day. Indulge in a Sunrise Bowl full of eggs, grains and sweet potato, or go for a vegan chorizo bowl full of avocado, dried sweet corn and tortilla.

Shop at Fashion Island
Newport Beach is a premier shopping destination, with Fashion Island being the ultimate hotspot for shopaholics from around the world. Californians travel from all over to visit Fashion Island – Orange County’s premier coastal shopping centre which offers a unique blend of luxury, designer and fashion speciality boutiques. With the likes of Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and a vast array of fine and al fresco dining, Fashion Island enjoys the Pacific Ocean as a shimmering backdrop. Insider tip – take advantage of the complimentary personal shoppers who can pick out the season’s hottest trends and must-have items.

Afternoon

Lunch at Sushi Roku
Near Fashion Island is Sushi Roku, a pioneer of contemporary sushi. Incorporating non-traditional ingredients from Latin America and Europe into its edible works of art, Sushi Roku is the perfect place to sample a bold and diverse menu, including fresh poke bowls, udon noodle soups or a custom bento boxes.  

Golf at Monarch Beach Golf Links
Newport Beach offers a variety of golf courses with spectacular ocean views and plenty of tee time. One of the few ocean-front courses in California, Monarch Beach Golf Links offers a blend a stunning natural beauty and variety of challenges. Designed by master golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course is one of a kind – challenging and fair, with views of the waves on every hole.

Evening

Dinner at Mastro’s Ocean Club
A combination of world-class service, live entertainment and highly acclaimed cuisine have made Mastro’s Ocean Club one of Newport Beach’s ultimate find dining hotspots. With sweeping views of the Pacific and signature dry iced seafood, Mastro’s promises an unforgettable evening of elegance and indulgence. 

Drinks at Quiet Woman
A favourite amongst locals for generations, The Quiet Woman is Newport Beach’s best kept secret. Tucked away behind bougainvillea and brick, the warm, cosy atmosphere gives way to a vibrant late-night music scene after dinner. Enjoy cocktails and spirits while you rub shoulders with locals and listen to the city’s up-and-coming musical talent.

There’s no better way to experience California style than at The Resort at Pelican Hill, a 5-star property overlooking Newport Beach. The relaxed comfort of Pelican Hill takes inspiration from the grand villas of the Italian countryside. Like the Mediterranean, the sun-drenched climate of Southern California allows indoor spaces to open up to the outdoors and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It really is a place like no other! 

For more information – visitnewportbeach.com

 

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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