Friday, September 05, 2014

September Resort Spotlight - Marriott's Newport Coast Villas

Long, summer days grow shorter and the once-balmy breezes begin to bite a little bit harder. The leaves change color we swap out tank tops for sweaters - it's beginning to feel like fall! The change of seasons is always bittersweet; even if we yearn for the coziness of fall, we always find ourselves longing for summer once more. If you're not quite ready to bit farewell to summer yet, a week at Marriott's Newport Coast Villas might be just what you need.

Marriott's Newport Coast Villas consistently ranks as one of RedWeek members' favorite resorts. A picturesque location, gorgeous average temperatures and SoCal spirit all contribute to the popularity. The resort is perched atop a bluff that surveys the sweeping length of Laguna Beach and offers an uncontested view of the Pacific Ocean and nearby Catalina Island. The view isn't the only stunning thing about Marriott's Newport Coast Villas - the grounds boast a Tuscan flair with sculpted fountains, tiled detailing and rich, earthy tones that rule the facade, lobby and even the individual rooms.

The Tuscan aesthetic only enhances the resort's luxuriant vibe.
Unlike many properties, the only units offered are full two-bedroom villas that sleep up to six. Villas include a master suite with a king-size bed and soaking tub, as well as an attached bathroom with dual showerheads. The smaller guest room is equipped with a queen-size bed, sleeper sofa and attached bathroom that's shared with the living area. If more sleeping space is needed, the living room's couch folds out into a sleeper sofa. All units include fully-equipped kitchen, dining area and breakfast bar as well as a private balcony and in-room washer and dryer.

The oceanfront rooms are incredible!
Befitting the luxury of Newport Beach, the grounds of Marriott's Newport Coast Villas is packed with plenty to keep visitors busy. Three heated outdoor pools and two whirlpool spas are available for use, as are three tennis courts and a fitness center. Guests can enjoy a bite to eat at La Vista Pool Bar and Grille, or grab up some snacks to go at The Marketplace, including familiar favorites such as Pizza Hut Express and Starbucks coffee. An activity center and daily activities schedule provide a little something to do on those down days when you're not exploring the city.

A dip in the pool or a quick bite to eat? Why not both!
While Marriott's Newport Coast Villas is an absolutely stunning resort in its own right, the true allure is the location and all that Newport Beach and Orange County has to offer. Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach lie nearby and offer plenty of opportunity to experience a host of water sports from sailing to surfing. If you're looking for more natural pursuits, Crystal Cove State Park offers opportunities for horseback riding, snorkeling, biking and tours of the famed tidepools. The proximity of nearby Anaheim makes a day in Disneyland easy to fit into your schedule. If you're on the hunt for a truly luxury shopping experience, be sure to check out South Coast Plaza - America's fourth largest mall and home to over 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants.

Wrap up your day with a quintessential Californian sunset!
The resort enjoys quite a bit of activity on RedWeek, with upwards of 150 active rental postings and plenty of resales. Rental units do tend to run at a slightly higher price point due to the default larger room and the luxurious status associated with Newport Beach. The investment is definitely worth it, however, and the opportunity enjoy that sun-soaked, summer spirit year-round? Priceless!

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