Designed to look like an Italian seaside village, the two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas are terraced along the hillside, ensuring that each of the 128 abodes has an ocean view. The spacious interiors feature hand-hewn wood-beam ceilings, limestone fireplaces, and gourmet kitchens. Each of the large baths have walk-in showers and soaking tubs, and the bedrooms feature fine linens and fluffy beds. Although the large circular pool, available to the entire resort, is the place to see and be seen, villa guests have access to a gorgeous glass-tile pool at an exclusive clubhouse. Pelican Hill's two sought-after golf courses have 18 holes apiece—each one with its own ocean view.
Rates start at $695 per night; pelicanhill.com.
—Kristen Shelton Fielder