Source: LA2DAY - There's a Chinese proverb that says: "Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one, thou must dive for it." I know this because it was on my pillow last night at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. In search of this pearl, I found that you don't have to dive so far from Los Angeles in order to discover something precious.
Just at the edge of the sprawling Fashion Island shopping complex, the hotel offers a luxurious retreat for both locals and travelers alike. The frenetic pace of life in nearby LA fades away here, and as one explores the hotel, they soon forget about the responsibilities that wait back home.
As Barbara Eidos, the hotel's Community Relations Manager, walked me around the property, I started to think of ways to necessitate many future stays here. Could I become LA2DAY's Newport Beach correspondent, filing reports from beneath a cabana while drinking tropical drinks by the pool, supplementing my income with money earned from tourists at the ping pong tables?
I would certainly be spending my newfound ping pong fortune at The Palm Terrace Lounge. It's the perfect spot to spend an evening in Newport Beach. Sure, you could traverse the treacherous (not really) few miles down to the water, but you'd be hard pressed to find such excellent service and quality food as you would only an elevator trip from your room. Dean Karatas, Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, tells me that the crowd is "eighty percent locals, and that makes it easy to build relationships with your VIPs." Read more at LA2DAY.com
THE DETAILS: The Island Hotel Newport Beach690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660