chocolate, and dog walking and eucalyptus, oh my !

The pet friendliest place to stay when you and your pooch need some luxurious pampering in Newport Beach is the Island Hotel, located adjacent to the Fashion Island Mall. Pet amenities include a freshly baked fragrant and chewy dog bone made by Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens. Each bone is handcrafted from wheat and rice flour and chicken stock. Other amenities include two dog bowls, a plush pet bed by Eloise Pet Accessories emblazoned with the hotel logo, bottled water, (plus a seasonal fruit amenity for the owner) and they also offer dog walking services for $10. There is a huge grassy area along the side, near the front door where dogs can zoom around and sniff to their heart’s delight.

Just minutes from Newport Harbor overlooking the nearby islands of Balboa, Lido and Catalina, Island Hotel Newport Beach features amenities such as Palm Terrace Restaurant & Lounge; a 4,000-square-foot spa; a 3,000-square-foot resort-style pool; a fitness center; two outdoor; lighted tennis courts; and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is owned and operated by The Irvine Company, a 110-year-old, privately held real estate investment company based in Newport Beach, CA.

The warm, friendly attitude and friendly demeanor at the Island Hotel extends to check-in, valet and every guest feels welcome. The rooms are tastefully decorated, appointed with a desk and comfy chair, king bed, and bathroom stocked with L’Occitane shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.

When you’re in the mood for a romantic getaway, ask for the Romance Package which includes a complimentary upgrade to the next room category plus champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Throughout the year, the hotel offers various specials and packages for its guests. Check the website at or call 1-888-321-4752 for more info.



Be sure to ask for Saiko when you book your massage. Saiko Thornton has been with The Spa at Island Hotel for two years. Previously, she was working with a Chinese acupuncture doctor in nearby Irvine, CA. Born in Japan, she specializes in Swedish, Shiatsu, and energy work. She is a very versatile and top massage therapist. Saiko has been exercising her fingers since the age of nine in her native Japan. Her expert kneading will work out all the knots and leave you relaxed and refreshed. There is a menu of massage options from reflexology to aromatherapy. The Travel Recovery massage comes complete with aromatherapy oils (heated ones such as ginger for the upper body and cooling ones such as lemongrass and peppermint for the feet and lower body). There is a eucalyptus steam bath for before and after the massage. Afterwards, there is a fruit kabob and lemon scented water to drink.

A romantic option, Kai Pua Ritual, a “Hawaiian” getaway for two is accompanied by two therapists. The synchronized “Ocean Two” long wave strokes simulate a tide moving across the body. Working in unison with soft Hawaiian music in the background, the two therapists massage with warm cocoa butter. Also included is a welcome Washing of the Feet Ritual using a salt, pineapple and papaya scrub, and the “double the enjoyment” session ends decadently with champagne and chocolate truffles. Available throughout 2009. 60 minutes. For reservations, please call (949) 759-0808.

And just in case, Fido feels left out, The Spa at Island Hotel retails various beauty products for pets, including candles, colognes and a doggie beauty bag by Pet Aromatic; as well as shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, a facial scrub and paw
treatment by Spa Lavish Pet.


The Palm Terrace restaurant offers a delightful variety of items from seafood to lamb, organic chicken and delicious side dishes.

The meal begins with your choice of waters and several types of freshly made breads, such as olive, sour dough, cheese, and banana, Next, comes the appetizers, smoked salmon on a tiny pancake, mac and cheese (not your supermarket comfort food), and delicate, sweet scallops with fingerling potatoes. Entrees include New Zealand salmon and you can opt for a baked potato instead of the regular side dish. Beware, the potatoes are huge and come with sour cream and cheese, a meal within itself. Don’t forget to get a doggie bag filled with scrumptious leftovers for Fido.

Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet During The Month of February

oh yes, there is ALWAYS room for chocolate and now there is an entire room filled with chocolate desserts ! Visit the Cocoa Room. For the month of February, the Cocoa Room offers an artistic and decadent assortment of chocolate desserts from flourless chocolate cake, to chocolate lollipops, three chocolate cake, truffles, explorer, s’mores, mousses, and much more. Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens brings chocolate heaven to a whole new level. Working closely with Executive Chef Bill Bracken, Owens constantly develops inventive new desserts for Palm Terrace.

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Muttropolis Dog & Cat Boutique at the Fashion Island Mall offers a diverse variety of toys, treats, foods, collars, leashes and beds. Russo’s Pet Experience, allows hotel guests who are missing their pets at home, to take one of the pet store dogs out for a walk around the shopping center. And the mall itself is an open place to walk your dog to meet and greet.

Fashion Island
1133 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach,


Fairmont Newport Beach
The Fairmont combines European traditions with California flair. Amenities include large outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness facilities and more. Bambu Restaurant and Lounge serves California cuisine and cocktails. Small pets allowed. Pet fee is $25 per pet per night.

Best Western Newport Beach Inn
Best Western is located near Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. The hotel is minutes away from Catalina Cruises, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated swimming pool, high speed Internet DSL and cable television. 100% smoke free. Pets under 20 pounds allowed. Pet fee $50.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach allows one pet under 40 lbs. in each guest room, but larger pets may be accepted at the manager’s discretion. There is a nightly fee of $10 for the pet, plus a one-time cleaning fee of $75 per stay. All guests with pets must sign a pet waiver at check-in, and pets must not be left unattended in the room at any time. Pets are not allowed in any food and beverage outlets, pool or health club areas on property, and any disturbances, such as barking, must be stopped immediately so other guests are not disturbed. If the disturbance continues you will be asked to take your pet off the property.


Corona Del Mar State Beach
Iris Street and Ocean Blvd.
Corona Del Mar,
This is a popular beach for swimming, surfing and diving. The sandy beach is about a half mile long. Dogs are allowed on this beach during certain hours. They are allowed before 9am and after 5pm, year round. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash. Tickets will be issued if your dog is off leash.

Newport and Balboa Beaches
Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach,
There are several smaller beaches which run along Balboa Blvd. Dogs are only allowed before 9am and after 5pm, year round. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash and people are required to clean up after their pets. Tickets will be issued if your dog is off leash. The beaches are located along Balboa Blvd and ample parking is located near the Balboa and Newport Piers.

Upper Newport Bay Regional Park
University Dr & Irvine Ave
Newport Beach,
This regional park borders the Newport Back Bay and consists of approximately 140 acres of open space. This coastal wetland is renowned as one of the finest bird watching sites in North America. During winter migration, there can be tens of thousands of birds at one time. It is also home to six rare or endangered bird species. The park has a 2-3 mile one-way paved path that is used by walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Additional dirt trails run along the hills. You can park at a variety of points along the road, but many people park at Irvine Ave and University Dr. Dogs must be leashed in the park.


Three Dog Bakery
924 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-3647

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