It’s so nice to see more amenities opening up. Everything at this resort is pretty well open (The Sandbox children’s center is only open during scheduled activities) and the resort is at full capacity — when we were there, it was 99% capacity. But with so many activities, and the villas being spread out as much as they are, you don’t feel crowded or confined.
La Vista Grill
There is not an onsite restaurant at this resort. But there is the La Vista Bar & Grill at the main pool and it is a great place to get a quick meal, snack, or drink. Their hours are daily from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm with live entertainment daily from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. They do not deliver to the villas.
Our favorites on the menu is the Poke Bowl, Chicken Quesadilla, Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwich, and Nachos.
The free shuttle to Crystal Cove State Park is one of our family’s FAVORITE activity for the younger children. The kids think they are riding on “Daniel Tiger’s Trolley” as they ride on the open-air trolley! It’s very convenient to ride down to The Beachcomber Restaurant, or take your beach items and spend some hours on the beach. The signs say masks are required, but our driver told us they were NOT required.
Newport Coast Villas also has FREE shuttle services to Laguna Beach for another beach option, and to Fashion Island for shopping. Departures for all shuttles are located at stop 11, near the King Triton’s Fountain. The schedule for all shuttles are listed below.
|Crystal Cove Beach (Beachcomber Restaurant)||7:30 am – 8:00 pm |
Daily every 30 minutes
|It does NOT run at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm.||Trolley car often used. Continuous loop from resort to Crystal Cove Beach.|
|Laguna Beach||8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm|
|Fashion Island||1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm|
When we take our entire family — (23 people and counting), we drive our car down to the same drop-off as the shuttle for Crystal Cove Beach with our sand wagon, canopies, umbrellas, sand toys, towels, chairs — you get the idea — and then drive back to the villa to park the car. The driver then simply catches the next shuttle and joins the family, who has been busy setting up “camp”. To leave, we do the same thing in reverse order. The Park Ranger station allows you to drop off and pick up with no fees.
SOSOSO happy that the Activities are available, especially the children’s activities.
The more popular activities: Wine & Cheese (complimentary, for guests 21 years and older), Beach Bash & Scavenger Hunt where you decorate your own foam beach visor and then have a scavenger hunt (complimentary), Pajamas & Pancakes where you come dressed in your pj’s and eat pancakes (complimentary), Pirate & Princess Party where you decorate a pirate hat or princess crown and then have a treasure hunt (complimentary), Science Show where you see cool tricks and experiments (complimentary), and Movie Under the Stars where you watch a family friendly movie under the stars while sitting on your blankets and eating snacks (complimentary).
These activities can be crowded, so I recommend you show up 10-15 minutes early to get a seat. There were about 100 children at the Science Show when we were there.
The Children’s Activity Center, The Sandbox, is NOT open other than when events are scheduled there. Hopefully, in the future, they will open the center all the time, as our grandkids loved playing with the legos, and making arts and crafts.
As for the Daily Fitness Schedule, it is available daily in the mornings, and consists of aquaFIT, aquaYOGA, Core & More, Renew: Stretch, BEACHwalk, Yoga Classes, and MATpilates.
Other experiences at Newport Coast Villas
Surf Shack Rentals: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm — Tennis Racquet & Balls is $6 + tax, Pickleball Set is $7 + tax, Complimentary Items are Football, Frisbee, Soccer Ball, Water Volleyball, Bocce Ball, Fitness Equipment. Max of 3 complimentary items per villa each day. Rentals are due back by 10:00 am the next day.
Cottage & Teen Lounge Arcade: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
MarketPlace: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm I’ve got their acai bowl on my “next time” list to try.
Pools: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm (new pool furniture — NICE!!!)
Coastal Cinema: 3 movies each day, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Complimentary. Approximately 12 guests max. Some example of movies currently showing is Paw Patrol: The Movie, Cruella, Encanto, Dune, Luca, Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, No Time to Die.
Spa by the Sea: Closed Sunday. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.