Newport Beach is a scenic and peaceful spot for a luxurious getaway. With sensational spas, sprawling beaches, historic neighborhoods and unforgettable boat expeditions, it’s an idyllic destination for a good ‘me’ time. Here are some essential experiences for a relaxing yet invigorating Newport Beach getaway.
Choosing destinations for spa days
A full spa weekend may include a day at the Balboa Bay Resort Spa and a day at the Pelican Hill Spa. Both spas offer experiences unique to this beach town.
The Balboa Bay Resort Spa offers massage, body exfoliation, skin care and waxing services. They are best known for the Signature Balboa massage, a Swedish massage that uses the spa’s proprietary blend of aromatic plants. It offers an intersection between a true connection with yourself and luxurious relaxation, and concludes with a citrus sea salt foot exfoliation for a full body experience. Their facials are very popular, including the Diamond White facial and the Essential Shock facial, which was created to firm, nourish and firm the skin. Spa guests are encouraged to use the relaxation lounge, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas as part of the overall experience.
As a wellness retreat offering highly personalized treatments, the Pelican Hill Spa is another beloved spa in Newport Beach. Seasonal treatments are offered throughout the year, including a glow and pumpkin spice aromatherapy massage during the fall months. Her Coastal Renewal Signature body treatment offers the ultimate in body detoxification. Guests receiving treatments are invited to take advantage of the on-site Acqua Colonnades with their herbal steam rooms, saltwater tubs, and saunas.
Boating at Newport Beach
Newport Beach is known for its sprawling harbor filled with boats, so taking a boat ride is a traditional part of visiting. The BayWatch Boat Charters Sunset Cruise is a relaxing way to end a day at the spa. You can soak up the sun while watching it set as you sail along the coast.
Explore the beaches
This aptly named city is known for its spectacular beaches. The Wedge, well known for its big waves, is a mecca for surfing and bodysurfing. You might want to head to Corona del Mar State Beach to try snorkeling or stop at Balboa Peninsula Beach where you can relax or play a beach game like volleyball -ball.
Immerse yourself in Newport Beach experiences
Plan to spend at least one afternoon at the Lido Marina Village. This area became prominent in the social scene of Newport Beach in the 1970s where it was a haven for big celebrities like John Wayne who spent a lot of time there. In fact, he was so much a part of the community that May 26 is John Wayne Day in Newport Beach. Nowadays, the Lido Marina Village has many high-end shops and restaurants.
You’ll also want to take a walk under the Pacific Coast Highway to the Crystal Cove Historic District. Enjoy another stunning beach and see the impressive tidal pools of Crystal Cove teeming with life. It is also a good place for shopping.
Dinner at Newport Beach
Newport Beach is a great place for vegans and those who love healthy plant-based meals. There are several restaurants that offer decadent meals that are good for you without compromising taste a bit. Here are some of the restaurants not to be missed.
Gracias Madre Mexican Restaurant serves local dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Their homemade chocolate chip cookie with hot chocolate from Oaxaca is the perfect way to end any meal there. For something casual, Café Gratitude also serves local dishes and offers a fun, laid back and spacious environment. Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice is another casual eatery offering healthy fare, and it serves everything from healthy smoothies to a vegan version of “chicken” and waffles.