The Balboa Bay Resort Is Truly the Gift That Keeps on Giving!
Written By: Jane Adler
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Newport Beach is a locally-treasured town that contorts and curves according to the coastline, seemingly blurring the boundaries between land and sea. There is no greater example of this fusion phenomenon than the Balboa Bay Resort, which acts almost as the epicenter of this Southern Californian city. The property itself sits sandwiched between the West Coast Highway and the harbor, hosting a grand, mirage-like entrance that gives way to a bayfront oasis. Whether you are indulging in a short or long-term stay, guests of the resort are treated like family, gaining access to their array of amenities which include waterfront restaurants, outdoor activities, a state-of-the-art spa and much more! So, go ahead, book that holiday staycation you’ve been putting off, reserve that blowout, confirm that happy hour (which, did we mention, is every day at A&O)—because the Balboa Bay Resort is your new old faithful.
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The hotel hosts some of the city’s most desirable dining digs. Waterline is their more-upscale option open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.This ocean-inspired restaurant features a menu of elevated classics that put the “sea” in seasonal. All of their eateries specialize in California coastal cuisine putting a local spin on everything from the light bites to the libations. This is especially true at their popular gastropub A&O Kitchen + Bar, which proudly rolled out a California Distilled Cocktail menu that is truly a celebration of the sweet sips from this sun-drenched state. A&O has a menu that appeals to all, boasting everything from beef and barley onion soup to braised Osso Bucco that’ll impress even the biggest authorities on beef. Whether you are looking to belly up to the bar or wine and dine a date, Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront restaurants will provide panoramic views with each plate. And if you are just craving a caffeine kick, their in-house café, Blend, is calling your name.
At Balboa Bay Resort, visitors have a Concierge Services Team to make all of your their vacation dreams come true. The Resort’s location allows guests to feel as though they have their own private peekaboo passageway to the bay, while seafarers and Duffy cruisers alike are welcomed to dock and dine at any time. Additional water toys are available for rental such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and the built-in fun facilitators can set up an assortment of ocean activities, land-based leisure and an endless amount of recommendations for your recreation. The Balboa Bay Resort also has on-site boutique showcasing a curated selection of locally sourced goods proving that this hotel is truly a one-stop shop. And if you’re just dropping by to scope the scene, the resort offers free valet to those who dine and drink at Waterline Newport Beach or A&O Kitchen+Bar, or get a blowout at Drybar.
The latest addition to the Balboa Bay Resort’s amenities is a Drybar located on site so that visitors can enjoy a perfectly manicured mane without having to travel too far. The Drybar features with the high-end hot tools and primo products only with the comfort of a low-key locale. You can hop from the bar to a blowout, from beachy waves to a braided ‘do—this convenience being one of the many carefully-considered components that makes the Balboa Bay Resort such a traveler’s destination.
What is a resort without a little relaxation? The sweet-smelling spa captures all of your senses and immediately transports you to a world of wellness and tranquility. The spa menu consists of treatments that aim to nourish the mind and body. Clients can choose a path of stimulation or relaxation, firming or loosening, scrubbing or soothing. The highly-qualified therapists can make requested modifications for the ultimate comfort and customized care. You can sauna, steam and soak at your leisure all while enjoying complimentary snacks and sips.
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When it comes to actually staying at the resort, the hotel hasn’t skimped on the bells and whistles. Every room boasts a balcony and gives guests access to the year-round heated pool complete with private cabanas, food and beverage service, and lush lounge chairs. Visitors are gifted a bottle of wine upon check-in and the in-room amenities don’t stop there! Each room is outfitted with a Keurig coffee-maker so you can get your coffee fix mere feet from your, well, feet. The nautical vibes and cool tones set the stage for ultimate relaxation. The resort prides itself on being tech-savvy so every room has a smart TV, including Google Chromecast for Catching up on your favorite Netflix series.
Plan Your Visit!
Balboa Bay Resort is offering LOCALE readers 10 percent off their reservation with the code “PROLOCALE.” Book your stay now!
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Native Knowledge: Balboa Bay Resort is a dog-loving destination, welcoming your canine companions with their pet-friendly paw-licy. Each furry friend is given a doggy amenity bag to indulge in that includes healthy treats from local favorite Just Food for Dogs, a bowl, and toys. Starting in 2019, they will also offer dog beds and bowls in the room for during their stay. Talk about a barkin’…we mean bargain.
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663