Whether or not you were a fan of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” it’s easy to be a fan of Newport Beach, a high-end stretch of real estate in the central portion of Southern California. With the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast and eight miles of coastline, this playground of the rich and famous is just waiting to be explored.
“Newport Beach is in the category of the finer things in life,” says Brandis Protenic, director of program development for AlliedPRA. “As a DMC, we do it all in terms of group services, incentive travel and sales meetings. Newport Beach, with its vast array of options, allows us to cater to the luxury planner as well as to the cost-conscious association. You also can’t beat the weather, when our winters can easily register in the 70-degree range.”
The city is 12 minutes from John Wayne Airport. Recent renovations in the area include the 403-room Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, which underwent a $15 million remodel that included a new lobby lounge, upgraded rooms and suites, and improvements to the pool and grounds.
The waterfront Balboa Bay Resort (shown) has more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and 12 breakout rooms, and receives top marks from planners seeking an upscale property that can accommodate larger groups.
“We have renovations slated to begin this year,” explains Michelle Devine, director of sales for the resort. “Walls that are currently in place in our restaurant will be turned into large windows to take full advantage of our spectacular views. We also have the Bay Front Lawn area, which is available for smaller events and outdoor dinners. Add that to our private beach access and on-site Duffy boats that can taxi attendees to and from area restaurants, and you’ve got some pretty unique offerings here.”