There comes a time when you just need a break. It might be too much time with the screaming kids, or one too many soccer games on the weekend, or that last minute studying for the Masters degree you’re working towards. It might just be that you haven’t seen your best friends in a couple months - not really anyway, and it is time for a break. The latter was my recent excuse to take full advantage to plan a girlfriend’s getaway weekend at the Fashion Island Hotel.
Forget the Vegas heat and neon lights: all I wanted was an upscale, relaxing weekend “away” with one of my close girlfriends. Formerly the Island Hotel, the resort boasts a multitude of entertainment options for untethered days under the California sun. Fashion Island, the iconic open-air shopping destination has enough Fortune 500 options to keep you busy for weeks, let alone a couple overnights with a spa treatment in between. Although we were only driving up from South OC, the “travel recovery massage” set the perfect, languorous tone for our weekend away. The hotel’s accommodations are nothing short of coastal glamour, featuring floor to ceiling windows and custom bedding. All tendering views of the gorgeous Pacific Coastline, and balconies to toast the evening away on.
We drank in the experience with a dinner at the Oak Grill, sipping from their long list of local wines and enjoying the patio fire pit. Classically trained chefs prepare bold menu options, ranging from tasty breakfast options and Sunday Brunch to elegant dinner entrees like their grilled salmon with pearl onions, prosciutto, couscous, and chimichurri. The truffle bacon mac and cheese was a decadently delicious side and the warm pineapple butter cake literally melted in our mouths. Staying local and seasonal, Oak Grill’s farm-to-table approach guarantees the freshest ingredients and most flavorful meals in the area. Happen to be there on one of the nights they host live acoustic music, and you’ll have a perfect backdrop to your delectable dinner.
When we decided that we needed to actually act like the girls-only party that we were, the hotel’s Aqua Lounge was the perfect venue to mix it up with their live DJ, handcrafted cocktails (we agreed that the Pear-a-dise was the best concoction either of us had ever sampled and the Boy George is all about cool presentation, poured over cotton candy) and small bites shared amongst the table. Good for everything from after-work drinks to a late night soiree, the Lounge turns up the volume on Newport Beach’s gourmet nightlife. Just want to swing through for happy hour? From 3-7pm every day of the week, the Lounge offers 50% off select items on their full menu, from craft beers to shared plates. The outdoor deck was the perfect place to unwind after a day on the beach, or in the shops. For our part, we used the time to relax and reminisce about the highlights of our girlfriend getaway and plan our next Fashion Island Hotel adventure.
The Fashion Island Hotel is located at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. For more info or to book a reservation, call (949) 386-8361 or visit www.fashionislandhotel.com