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Lots of birds diving and soaring around the preserve, but most did not come close enough [or stay still enough] for the Fuji to do its work. Fortunately, this Turkey Vulture accommodated me with a fly-by. He was probably no more than eight feet from my face.
Seriously, though, the place is a massive aviary. With all that abundant marine life bubbling about under the surface, the area can support as many of these creatures as are able to tolerate living together.
And that is a surprising number, though the toleration varies in its magnitude from one minute to the next. Crystal cove state beach is the home to many fascinating sea creatures. During low tide, head anywhere off in the rocks and you'll find these little guys among many more birds, shells and crabs. Make sure to be respectful and leave them be! Come to the balboa pier and play the arcade games, eat some pizza, and ride the Ferris wheel! Beautiful sunset at balboa island. Enjoying the last days of November! Bacon wrapped pickles...YES! A culinary masterpiece! 3...2...1... Launch...
Epic waves brought surfers, body boarders and crowds to watch it all.
#BvSWater Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes? Why not! Looking for perspective come out and play at the wedge! Surf is up!
#waterlust Regardless of the weather - the beaches & piers at Balboa and Newport are stunning year round. Bring a friend and relax as the waves come in...
#BvSWater #longexposure #ocean #pier Honey Bee on Beach Coreopsis
Lots of wildflowers at the preserve this time of year, and lots of critters punching the clock to get the pollen and nectar collected on time.
The Beach Coreopsis flowers have blossoms about twice the size of a silver dollar, though the center isn't much bigger than a quarter [does anybody still know what those are?].
This bee spent a bit of time on this blossom, leading me to believe that there was a mess'o'powder to forage. ...from Balboa Island.
Its a great little island to see the funky homes, grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat.
If you aren't in a hurray, there is also a three car ferry that putters across to the peninsula. Leave it to the OC to build a combination automobile/bicycle/pedestrian path, each with its own lane, along a three mile stretch of the upper portion of the Newport Bay.
But that is exactly what they did.
The trail is all asphalt, with a few very small offshoots into dirt Sedum at sunset.
The variety and number of these on the property was really astonishing. Near the entrance to the Preserve is a structure called the Muth Interpretive Center. From the literature, it sounds as if this location is used to help educate the public about the efforts to restore and maintain the refuge, and to offer educational services to local schools and families about the wildlife in the area.
Really a sweet-sounding place.
However, admittance is by invitation only, and the place is locked down tighter than Area-51.
That doesn't keep the birds from dropping by to perch on some of the structures both inside and outside the center.
This Mourning Dove sat quietly while I hid like a cat burglar behind my hiking partner and tried to get a picture. Ten photos taken, only one in focus, but I think it's a good one.
William Jones took an even snazzier one a couple of days ago, and he mentioned to me in a comment that he never realized how colorful these birds are, though they appear almost grey from a distance.
They would have always been grey to me because that is how I generally get to see them. With this one exception. Bird on a wire. More specifically, a Scrub Jay on a wire. But that kind of ruins the poetry, doesn't it? Bougainvillea bush at night under incandescent light.
Did not have much chance to share some of the marvels of the house where we stayed in the OC.
Such a beautiful place. At night or during the day. A whole urn-full of sedum basking under the long, late rays of the sun. Founded by Candace Nelson, this cupcake boutique offers delicious, moist, and decadent treats. There are several locations throughout California, and you can vote to bring Sprinkles to your town! I'd recommend the red velvet and lemon coconut. Sprinkles also offers different flavors depending on the day of the week. Candice Nelson is also featured on Food Network's show Cupcake Wars! This is an exquisite plant whose name I was able to find on Google this morning, but promptly lost the link. Those in the know (@throwingsofas) might nudge me in the right direction.
The blossoms are silvery-white, with very thin petals, as you can see from an example in the upper left. The rest of the plant is literally covered in little iridescent beads [Google iridescent bead flowers and prepare yourself for the biggest crafts' fair on the internet].
There are pods which contain both ruby beads and colorless beads, But the rest of the plant is encrusted with the colorless variety. I have to believe this is some form of water collection system for the plant, though I can only guess at this point.
They are unimaginably beautiful to see strewn along the path like a trail of polished gems. As we are likely to say anytime we take a picture -- the photo doesn't do them justice. C and Java fans take note! The Preserve was established back in 1975 after a fairly ferocious battle between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. I doubt there is anyone alive today who regrets the turn of events.
For one thing, huge swaths of land have been preserved [and protected] in pristine form, for another, public access through the place makes it a popular destination for runners, hikers and slow-driving tourists.
Finally, the surrounding area is almost completely developed for business, high-end residential, and hotel property.
Everybody wins...well, as long as you're willing to keep your head pointed in the direction most suited to your tastes.
It's probably a workable model only where almost everyone is working with a set of unlimited resources and is willing to put them on the line in pursuit of their interests.
A Walden for billionaires, if you wish. But I gotta admit, it seems to work. California sunset seen from Pelican Hill. If you golf, put this one on your bucket list. Rated #1golf resort in the world-2012 by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Great view from awesome homes located here in Newport Beach. This is the best view of ocean ever I have seen specially sunset it looks great....check it out My bagel from Shirley's. Cream cheese was delicious. A bit more muted color scheme with the incandescent lights still waiting on their timer.
Remember that bird on the wire. Newport back bay beautiful all times of the year . Even during the winter you can still experience a beautiful sunset Such a great little French place. Food is great, and the people are really nice... and French: ) Just something fun for family and friend to do for the summer in California Heavy shallow waves
#waterlust #beach #ocean #waterlust #newportbeach #california Anti Lab Mall Nothing like a great hamburger on a #sundayfunday #foodiefinds The beach clears out after 4...just in time for some sunset yoga. #lens4change #BeachBound Visitors are always welcome. Beautiful landscaping, pleasant environment The Balboa Beach Pier makes for a great photography subject but it's also an incredible place to spend time with family & friends. Parking is typically easy to find and it's a great way to spend the evening! Back Bay Loop, 10.6 miles of gorgeous wildlife.
www.surfseayouandme.com A walk on the beach is always a good idea. Especially on gorgeous January SoCal days! #lens4change #BeachBound I headed out at 5AM to Laguna Beach, CA to do some sunrise seascapes. While I was setting up, a woman walked and stood into frame. I thought she really added to the composition, so I hurried to get the shot.
#BvsCities Hot tip from David Cedrone Great, high end pub style food, 26 draft beers, full bar, very cool space and valet parking to boot! Also, great breakfast spot (pictured: their spin on cured salmon frittata). The duck fat French fries are insane. #beach
Seems time has stopped in this SoCa community and that's want I enjoyed the most here: slow pace stroll on a beach, a bike ride, and grabbing a lunch at one of the local eateries. Take a $1 ferry ride to a Balboa Island for shopping and tourist attractions Christmas tradition in Newport Beach brings a huge tree in for decoration. This years edition is purportedly 90 feet high. The perfection exists !!! Morning stroll before the winds gets stronger. Rollerblading Huntington Beach to the Wedge. One of my favorite Newport beaches. Tucked away from the busier parts of the beach, this little cove is usually pretty peaceful. #colorful Waves at the Wedge! If you want to see a strong current I suggest you come here! #beach #ocean #waterlust #newportbeach #california Waiting for the Freelance Harbor cruise to see the nicely decorated houses for Christmas. Jet packing over Newport, California! #waterlust Gorgeous paddle session surrounded by nature with our NIXY Inflatable SUPs Like is an adventure... enjoy it! Love this spot; try to visit early AM every trip to Newport (15th St.). Best breakfast burrito in SoCal, hands down, served right on the strand/sand. Amazing donuts! Made with fresh ingredients everyday! The flavors are well put together! Love the maple/bacon, however the rosemary is a great option as well! Check them out!!! Balboa Island 2017 Great food & show for the hold family. So take the family and enjoy the summer A place to see some up close a personal waves and riders Ok ok I get it. Shortest line at the fair! Some crazy helmet in an old metal shop Just around the corner from the big corona del mar beach, you'll find this little spot tucked into the coastline. Less people, more tide pools - a good spot for some beach time. #beach Surprisingly, the BEST fish and chips I've ever eaten. The restaurant is right on the water with inside or outside seating. Great service! Little Corona del Mar Beach seen from Inspiration Point. Bam! This rock in Little Corona del Mar looks like a hen to me. Summer Sunset - Balboa Pier Newport Beach #LoveMyTown Raving! What a wonderful experience to paddle at night. Loved every second of it! . A wonderful way to re-charge batteries after a busy week... We love to go paddleboarding with our Nixy iSUPs early in the morning. 2017 Catalina Crossing Finish After Party. A great end to a great season for all Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe racers in the southern CA region. #Festival This beach is located in Corona Del Mar CA. Great little beach with some nice rock formations that make for great photos. View toward NB The best BLT I've ever had.
#restaurant #california #gastropost Little Coron del Mar Beach. The third eye... Sunset on Balboa Pier After the rain shot of Lookout Point. Usually a nice spot to relax and watch the sailboats Corona Del Mar small beach. Relaxing watching the waves crash over the rocks and the cold Pacific Ocean water on your feet Paddleboarding towards the sunset with my nixy iSUP 2017 Catalina Crossing Finish. 35 mile outrigger canoe race finale for the season. #Festival View from Castaways Park House at the “V” Cute patio. Tasty foods. Loved this little community. You can walk everywhere. The Bay of Newport at night so calm.
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Get an overview of this hotelNewport Beach hotel overlooking Catalina Island

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Restaurant
Outdoor pool
Business center

Sunny harbor locale

Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the luxurious Fashion Island Hotel overlooks the beautiful Newport Harbor and the islands of Catalina, Lido, and Balboa.

Day spa, recreation

Fashion Island Hotel's full-service spa is designed as much for the business travelers as the spiritual seeker, featuring a relaxation lounge, eucalyptus steam room and nine treatment rooms for massages, hand & foot treatments, signature rituals and facials. The fitness center is located next to the heated resort-style pool and outdoor whirlpool spa.

Plush island comfort

Residential-style guestrooms and a wide variety of luxurious suites feature floor to ceiling windows and balconies framing dramatic views. Marble bathrooms with over-sized bath towels, fine linens and goose down duvets, LCD TVs and Bose(r) Audio Systems complete the experience. Island Club is a private 20th floor lounge in which to work or unwind while taking in sweeping coastal views.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Located in Newport Center, Fashion Island Hotel offers views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor and surrounding cityscape.

Fashion Island Hotel features a full-service spa (surcharges), an outdoor pool with cabanas, a seasonal poolside bar with eatery and an outdoor whirlpool. A fully equipped fitness center is adjacent to the pool.

Dining options include a restaurant with changing menus of seasonal dishes. Offering garden views, the restaurant serves full breakfast (surcharge), lunch and dinner to taste indoor or outdoor.

Fashion Island Hotel offers business services including free WiFi, a full-service business center, and features more than 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including ocean-view meeting suites and the largest ballroom in Newport Beach.

Concierge services are available 24 hours. Also available are luggage storage and a safety deposit box at the reception. Complimentary coffee and newspapers are available in the lobby, and the hotel also offers an overnight shoe shine service. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access is available in lobby and pool areas.

  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply) 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Full-service spa 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Health club 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Computer station 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Nightclub 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2137 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Terrace 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Long-term parking (surcharge) 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 23000 
  • Concierge services 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Pool umbrellas 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 295 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of floors - 20 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • DVD player  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Parking

Long-term parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • DVD player 
  • Pay movies 
  • Video-game console 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Phone 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • In-room safe 
  • Television 
  • Desk 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • iPod docking station 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 

Where to Eat

Oak Grill - An airy and light-filled restaurant that features a spacious outdoor deck for alfresco dining under the stars, along with an indoor bar with multiple TV. Daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch are served. Enjoy dishes designed to be savored and shared, all prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients from local farmers with an influence of California Coastal Cuisine.

Aqua Lounge - The place for cocktails and small bites by day and spirited socializing by night.

Market Place - A 24-hour curated collection of fresh foods and specialty items, is the place to find coffee and fresh pastries in the morning, on-the-go lunches or an in-between meeting snack.

Nearby Things to Do

A resort-style pool area features a contemporary poolside bar, private cabanas, fireplace and plush modern furnishings. Adjacent to the pool, the Fitness Center is outfitted with the latest Matrix equipment. Personal trainers are available by appointment.

A number of water sports and harbor cruises (surcharges) are available at Newport Harbor, seven miles away, and several golf courses are within five miles of the hotel. Bicycle and Rollerblade rentals are available on the peninsula near Balboa Pier. Tide pools and beaches are within five miles.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Boat tours nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 

Spa Services

The Spa at Island Hotel - The Spa at Fashion Island Hotel is a full-service venue featuring a relaxation lounge, eucalyptus steam room and nine treatment rooms for massages, hand & foot treatments, signature rituals and facials.

  • Number of treatment rooms 9 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 16 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body treatments 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Massages 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 30 per day.

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 150.00 per accommodation, plus a deposit of USD 150.00 per stay
  • Dogs and cats only
  • 1 per room (up to 50 lb)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property will place an authorization of 100 USD per night for incidentals. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 25.00 per accommodation, per night
The resort fee includes:
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • Additional inclusions
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 35 per night
  • Extended parking fee: USD 35 per night
  • Pet deposit: USD 150.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 150.00 per accommodation
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Hotel Island
  • Hotel Island Newport Beach
  • Hotel Newport Beach
  • Island Hotel
  • Fashion Island Hotel
  • Island Newport Beach
  • Island Newport Beach Hotel
  • Newport Beach Island
  • Newport Beach Island Hotel
  • Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach
  • The Island Hotel Newport Beach

We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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