I am in love with The Resort at Pelican Hill. The service, the staff, the facility, the food… it was all wonderful.

We arrived early for our check-in,  but they still rushed us to a beautiful bungalow.  Walking in was almost more than I could stand.  The decor and accommodations were to be expected at a 5 start resort, but it was the little (and big) touches that made this stay so special. I can honestly say I am designing my next house around our beautiful room.

The whole back wall was a glass patio door with sliding shutters covering the light.  So much natural light one couldn’t help but smile.

And then there was the fireplace.  The gas logs lit with the push of a button. I will have a push button fireplace in my next bedroom!

Complimentary water, coffee, and tea in the room.

Plus, a great bathroom with a deep soaking tub, double vanity, large shower, and a toilet room.  The tile work is beautiful.  I was smitten and up to this point I had only seen the room.

The coliseum pool was beautiful.

Breakfast on the terrace was incredible.

The restaurants were delicious.

And the service was spectacular.

So much fun and beauty in one spot.

I really appreciate the opportunity to travel to beautiful resorts like The Resort at Pelican Hill.  They have worked very hard to create a culture and ambiance that lends itself to relaxation.

I didn’t have a chance to visit the spa or use the Kids club but all my friends raved about how wonderful both services were.

The Resort at Pelican Hill really is a great place to unwind.  If you are interested in booking a stay at this Resort go to their website for the latest deals.

But, what do you do if you cannot fit a trip of this magnitude into your budget?

Great news for you, finding a great relaxing vacation on a budget isn’t that hard.  Here are a few non budget breaking vacations that may be a great option for your family.

#1 Disney Hilton Head

This East Coast gem features incredible staff and great accommodations.  The grounds were beautiful and it is also a beach access location (meaning you are only a short ride away from beach access).  My favorite part of the Disney Hilton head resort is the 2-3 bedroom suites with a fully stocked kitchen.  This is a great budget saver since the access to local grocery stores is easy and you have everything you need to save on your eating out budget.  Read more on Disney Hilton Head Resort here.  Let me know if you are interested in this location and I can help you book this vacation. (Review coming soon)

#2 A Cruise

An Oceanic vacation may just be your ticket to a great budget vacation.  Not all cruises are budget cruises but with ports spaced around the US shores you can likely find a port within driving distance, saving you plane fare.  Also, most of your eats are included on the cruise fare.  This allows you to have fewer budget issues.  If the kids want a second ice cream cone, no worries, its all included.  Want a pizza for the room, included.  And while each cruise line has their own set of amenities, you can find a boat that meets your needs.  My other favorite part of cruising is the prepaid aspect.  You pay for your cruise in full before leaving.  This allows you to make payments over time and not break the bank.  Once you are on board you just sit back and relax.  I love to book cruises for clients, so let me know if you are interested in an Oceanic vacation.


Photographic tour of The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill

This is somehow the only picture I have of our room.  I feel like I must be missing a camera somewhere because it was stunning and i am sure i took more photos than this.  You can see even the prizes we won at Paradise Pier in Disneyland got the royal treatment.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Our bungalow was a short walk to the Coliseum Pool.  The kids loved going by the lemon trees and skipping their way up these paths.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

The pool was amazing.  Surrounded by lounge chairs, and access to the Coliseum Grill, you could literally spend all day enjoying this amazing pool and hot tub.  The best part for me was the shallow depth of 3’6″ across the entire pool.  It allowed the kids to have tremendous freedom in the pool.  Ask for a float mat when you go.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

We spent a lot of time in the water.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

We didn’t play golf but the course was really beautiful.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

When we weren’t in the pool, we were eating.  The food was so very good.  We had the opportunity to try 3 different dining locations on this trip.  All were spectacular and the prices were on par for this quality resort.   Most of our meals were provided by the event we were attending and were also spectacular.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

The view at breakfast.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Mexican Lunch Buffet

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Incredible dessert bars.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

And Fireplaces everywhere you went.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

This is the Coliseum Grill.  I was a great place to order a quick meal after swimming for far too long.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Our one outing off the property was to Crystal Cove State Park.  It was a foggy day to visit the beach but we had fun anyway.  The water was too cold to even consider dunking our toes but we loved the opportunity to at least play in its sand.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Of course, the kids had the most fun knocking down the sand cliffs left by the escaping tide.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

The kids were tired after our walk so they enjoyed watching cartoons while we waited for our bus at the Crystal Cove visitor center.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

This resort is beautifully landscaped and I think that is what I liked best about our wintertime visit.  I expect the pool and food to be awesome any time of year but it was nice to leave our bitterly cold winter behind and enjoy a little green for a spell.

This really is a great place to kick your feet up for a while.

Shanda Smith
A Wife, Mother, horseback riding, RV-ing, travel enthusiast always looking for the next adventure. As the Matriarch of a homeschooling family of four we keep our suitcases packed and our atlas handy. Join us on our adventures. With Love and Coffee, Shanda

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