Here’s Why Balboa Bay Resort Is the Perfect Destination for Some Holiday Cheer
Who says you have to travel far and wide for the perfect seasonal vacation? As the old adage goes: there’s no place like home for the holidays, and with all of Balboa Bay Resort’s upcoming holiday events, we couldn’t agree more. With its four-star rating from Forbes and four-diamond rating from AAA, this harborfront Newport Beach resort is the perfect place to soak up some OC sunshine and holiday magic. From exploring sparkling light displays to going holiday shopping and enjoying a luxurious brunch on Christmas Day, here are seven reasons to book a stay at Balboa Bay Resort this December.
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Holiday Room Specials
Start your holiday off right with a festive staycay at Balboa Bay Resort. From now through the new year, enjoy this exclusive offer for locals only: 15% off room accommodations, and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. Balboa Bay Resort is also offering a special Reinventing Anna extravagant holiday package that includes a bottle of Veuve champagne in your guest room, a hair blowout at the on-site DryBar, an 80-minute Diamond White facial at the Balboa Bay Spa and a $100 shopping credit at the Bayfront Boutique. If you’re not sure what to get that tough person on your list to shop for, this is it!
Whatever Floats Your Boat
From Dec. 14-18, head to Newport Harbor to watch a dazzling array of decorated boats float through the bay during the 114th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Want to take part in this classic Newport Beach tradition? Be sure to make a reservation at A+O Restaurant | Bar where you can have a front row seat. Plus, they have an all new menu that features dishes like salt & pepper shrimp, steak frites and crab mac & cheese.
Not all holiday plans need to involve going all out. Sometimes, all you need to lift your spirits is to take a little walk with hot cocoa or cider and enjoy some truly beautiful decor. Some classic spots to visit include the city of Orange’s Candy Cane Lane, Sherman Library and Gardens and Newport Bay’s Ring of Lights, but when you’re staying at Balboa Bay Resort, you don’t need to go off-property to ooh and aah over some spectacular decorations. Plus, you may be able to catch the Strolling Dickens’ Christmas Carolers as you make your way around the resort (on Dec. 14, 16, 24 and 25)!
Most Wonderful Brunch of the Year
After weeks or even months of holiday prep, you deserve to sit back, relax and fully enjoy the holidays. So go ahead and reserve your seat at Balboa Bay Resort’s Christmas Day Brunch! Brunch will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 25 in the gorgeous indoor-outdoor Lighthouse Room, which will host a spectacular brunch buffet that the entire family will love. Tickets are $125 plus tax, gratuity and fees for adults and $65 plus tax, gratuity and fees for children./1
Celebrate the New Year
Start your new year celebration with a four-course dinner with wine pairing at Balboa Bay Resort! This event starts at 7 p.m. with tray-passed sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres promptly followed by dinner. New Year’s Eve Dinner will take place in the Lighthouse Room and is only open to adults 21+. Tickets are $325 plus tax, gratuity and fees each and include entrance to the Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party, with the inclusion of complimentary valet parking.
On Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., you can dance into the New Year at Balboa Bay Resort’s Studio 54 Party! This disco by the bay will feature a performance by Funky Hippeez Show and a sprawling dance floor in the Grand Ballroom. There will also be a sparkling wine toast at midnight, party favors and late-night snacks. Tickets cost $195 plus tax, gratuity and fees.1/1
Shop ‘Til You Drop
No holiday season is complete without a day (or two) of shopping. Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or simply want to pass the time browsing through holiday sales, Balboa Bay Resort is a fantastic destination for shopaholics. It’s close to two major OC malls, South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island, but more importantly, it’s only a five-minute drive to the fabulous waterfront boutiques at Lido Marina Village. You can also peruse the resort’s shops, and we especially recommend doing this on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. when Balboa Bay Resort throws its weekly Sip + Shop event.
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Born and raised near the Pacific Coast, Jordan Nishkian is a California girl through and through. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA in Creative Writing and a BA in Anthropology, and her favorite place to be is curled up in a comfy chair with a book in her hand and a pen in her hair.