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The Resort at Pelican Hill flaunts three pools with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean where guests of all ages can relax and have fun. The Coliseum Pool is the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s gem at 136 feet across and a perfectly round structure. The pool features heated salt water and the bottom is intricately lined with 1.1 million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. Grab a chaise lounge or rent a private cabana where you’ll find flat-screen TVs, a fridge and a ceiling fan. Casual poolside dining is available with dishes such as pizza, pasta, hamburgers, salads and fresh fish.
Kids can head to the adjacent Camp Pelican where there’s an oval-shaped pool near a big sandbox. There’s also a bubble jet fountain and a fun-filled clubhouse that features plasma TVs, arts and crafts tables, ping pong, foosball and Wii and PlayStation 3 gaming. Open only to guests staying in the villas at the Orange County hotel, the Villa Clubhouse features a negative-edge infinity pool made of 300,000 glass mosaic tiles, private cabanas, a whirlpool spa and a separate kids’ wading pool.