An expert guide to visiting the Marriott Newport Villas (MNV) including detailed property descriptions with pictures, things to know, and things to do. We are local to Orange County and have had many family staycations at this coastal resort over the years.
Newport Coast Villas
Address: 23000 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, 92657
Check-in: 4:00 pm, no early check-in
Check-out: 10:00 am, late check-out only if available
Pet Policy: No Pets Allowed, Service Animals Allowed
Parking: Complimentary On-Site Parking
Marriott Newport Villas Map: MNV Map pdf | MNV Image
Spa by the Sea Website: https://spabytheseainc.com/newport-beach
Spa by the Sea Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Marketplace Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week
La Vista Pool Bar & Grille Hours: Hours vary by season, open for lunch and dinner, generally closed by 8 p.m.
Pool Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cashless Resort: Yes (except arcades), credit cards and room charges only
Resort Fees: No
Resort Wifi: Yes, free
Golf Cart Rental: No
Resort Beach Access: No, closest beach is Crystal Cove State Park which is a 1/3 mile drive, shuttle or walk
Resort Jogging/Walking Paths: Yes
Airline Check-In Kiosk: Yes
Bellman Baggage Storage: Yes, including refrigerated storage
S’more Kits: Yes, available at the Surf Shack Activity center and front desk
Marriot Newport Coast Resort
The Marriott Newport Villas are perched atop a bluff where a panorama of recreational possibilities stretches out before you. This Tuscan-style enclave is surrounded by the Newport coastline and overlooks the exclusive Pelican Hill Golf Course, the Pacific Ocean, and with complete with views of Catalina Island.
The entrance is designed as a country road that leads through the outskirts of the village to the town center. Highlighted by imported, mosaic ceramic tile and decorative woodwork, the main registration building includes a spa, fitness center, and separate activity rooms for kids, teens, and adults. Outside, amid the landscaping and walkways lined with rustic, interlocking stone pavers, sit two Jacuzzis, three pools, and imported, hand-chiseled fountain of Triton, the Greek god of the sea, and a koi pond.
Newport Villa Buildings
The 70-acre hillside site features 41 buildings ranging from two to four stories. Each building is based on traditional Italian hill towns and villages. Balconies, roof overhangs, and terraces create an air of informality that is reflective of the casual lifestyle of a vacation resort. Sprawled over the rolling hillside the buildings create a Mediterranean-style village characterized by stone finished, sculpted plaster detailing and Spanish clay tile roofs.
Most buildings have elevators and self-serve bellman luggage carts available. There is an ice machine in each building and an area to drop off trash.
There are many conveniently located gas grills and patios by all buildings throughout the property. Billed as a smoke free property, there is smoking allowed in several designated outside areas throughout the resort.
Which Building at Newport Coast Villas to Choose?
See our building by building guide to choosing the best villa!
2 Bedroom Villas
All units have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and are 1,248 sq ft/112sq m. Each villa makes use of maple finished, granite countertops, stone and carpet flooring, and features private balconies rimmed with decorative wrought iron and clay barrel tile railings.
The separate common area includes a full kitchen, a washer and dryer for laundry, dining table for six, a pull-out sofa in the living room, and a balcony with tables and chairs. The kitchen has a full refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker (3 ground coffee bags provided), toaster, and a full suite of silverware, glasses, pots, pans and more.
The master bedroom has a California King bed, dresser with a TV on top, closet, in-room safe, double vanities, a huge shower with two shower heads on opposite ends, and a oversized soaking tub. The second bedroom has a queen bed, dresser with TV on top, closet and a pull-out sofa. The second bathroom is accessible from the second bedroom and living room with a sink and a bathtub/shower combination.
There are three 47 inch flat screen TVs with cable/satellite and premium movie channels. Apps that can be signed into include Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Pandora, plus Bluetooth connectivity.
Daily housekeeping services are available for a fee and portable pack and plays, foam pillows and additional bedding are available upon request.
Not all rooms have views of the ocean but some have better views than others. Views range from no ocean view to full 180° ocean views. Some rooms overlook the pools and Pelican Hill Golf Course, and others have obstructed views from trees and other buildings.
Marriott Newport Villas Pools
There are three pool areas. The main Catalina pool, the Canyon pool, and the Coast pool. The pool water is heated, and temperatures vary throughout the year based on weather conditions. Towels are provided at all pools.
All pools are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Catalina pool is actually three pools, two hot tubs/spas with many lounge chairs, and some day beds. The main pool area is centrally located on the property and on the backside of the main building and lobby entrance.
The La Vista Pool Bar & Grille overlooks the pool with the water volleyball net. In the early evening there is live music and even Karaoke. On busy weekends DJs will spin during the day.
Poolside bingo, trivia and other games are played during the day at the Catalina pool. The schedule varies throughout the week and seasons.
The Canyon pool is located on the far east side of the property and also has two Jacuzzis/hot tubs. The pool also has shuffleboard, cornhole, and a ping pong table. It is adjacent to a lawn area with scenic ocean views, seating, barbeque grills, firepit area, and tennis and pickleball courts.
The Tide pool is located at the Southwest end of the property and features a jacuzzi/hot tub, splash pads and slides for younger kids, outdoor showers, a barbeque area, patio, and four firepits. The entrance to the pool is a Baja shelf (walk in) making it easy for little kids to wade and splash around in the shallow area.
Food and drinks are served at the bar but it’s not always open.
Splash Pad and slides at the Coast Pool is open from 10 a.m. to sunset.
La Vista Pool Bar & Grille
Located poolside at the Catalina pool, La Vista offers modern American fare and cocktails. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner (not open late). This is the only restaurant located at the resort.
The Marketplace has snacks, smoothies, cold drinks, wine, beer, a variety of Starbucks coffee, tea, ice cream, sundries and other necessities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items are available to go.
Here is The Marketplace menu (prices and selection are subject to change).
Outside Food & Groceries
DoorDash, UberEats and other food delivery services will deliver to the rooms at the resort. Trader Joes is located one mile away in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center. Pavillions is two miles away off Newport Coast. Most likely you’ll drive right by Pavillions as you’re driving down Newport Coast Drive upon arrival.
Another option is to order grocery delivery service by setting up an account with Pavillions. Instacart can also be used for ordering from many other grocery store chains.
If the order is delivered the day you check-in, note in the delivery instructions that they can park at the main lobby front doors, and speak with the bellman or go directly to the front desk without waiting in any lines. Marriott will put the groceries in the concierge closet which also has a commercial freezer. You can pick up your order up arrival.
If you’ve already arrived, simply give Pavillions or Instacart directions, your villa number, and delivery instructions.
Outside Common Areas
There are four fire pits, two are centrally at located Pacific Park and one each by the Canyon and Coast Pools.
Pacific park is a huge park area with many activities for kids and adults of all ages adjacent to the main pool and building.
There is a putting green and sand trap at Pacific Park plus two tetherball courts. Golf clubs and balls are available.
Sand volleyball at Pacific Park with complimentary volleyballs available at the Surf Shack.
Basketball court with two hoops for half or full court play at Pacific Park. Basketballs are freely available at the courts.
This playground with tubes and slides for the little ones is also at Pacific Park.
Pickleball & Tennis Courts
There are three lighted tennis and pickleball courts with a basketball hoop on one of them. Tennis and pickleball racquets can be rented from the Surf Shack and tennis balls can be purchased. Tennis clinics, private lessons, and intro to pickleball sessions are available. The courts can be reserved with 24 hours advanced notice based on availability.
Ping Pong Tables, Foosball, Outdoor Chess & Cornhole
The two ping pong and foosball tables are located right outside the main pool area.
Outdoor chess and cornhole are located between the main building and Catalina pool entrance.
There are two fitness centers located on the property. The fitness center located in the main building is the largest and features a bank of treadmills and elliptical machines, dumbbells, medicine balls and many strength equipment machines for a full body workout.
The second fitness center is located by the Canyon pool and tennis courts and has similar features only fewer machines in both quantity and selection.
Hours: Open 24 hours
Fitness Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Personal Training
Fitness Services: clubTHRIVE fitness classes available
Facilities Available: Locker rooms, showers, sauna, steam rooms
Equipment Available: Treadmills, Elliptical Machines, Free Weights, Strength Equipment, Weight Machines
Other: Workout towels, earphones, distilled water with cups are complimentary
Spa by the Sea
The spa is located on the resort and the entrance is located inside the main fitness area. The spa offers a full menu of therapeutic services, including massages, facials, body wraps, waxing, and manicures.
Spa by the Sea is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is free self-parking, no valet service. There are uncovered parking stalls in front of all the buildings plus street and garage parking. Each villa receives up to three parking passes. One parking pass is for parking in the stalls, street and garage. The other two passes are good for parking in the street or parking garage but cannot park in the stalls in front of the villas.
There are four electric vehicle charging stations located in the 3200 building parking garage. As you enter they are in the very back left and under the 3000 building. The stations are not free charging, there is a fee.
The resort publishes a daily activity schedule which varies throughout the week and year. Below are examples of planned activities that are scheduled and here is a list by all ages, adult, teen and kids.
Daytime Activities: Electric bike and paddleball tours, poolside bingo & trivia, scavenger hunts, koi fish feeding, arts & crafts, science shows, water balloon toss, kids ice cream social, wine & cheese
Sports Challenges: Sand volleyball, ping pong, basketball, cornhole, tennis or pickleball clinics
Fitness Activities: Yoga, HIIT, Pilates, core workouts, aqua workouts, stretching, beach walks
Evening Activities: Taco Tuesday, campfire s’mores, magic shows, movies under the stars, karaoke, family game show night, kids night out (games, movies, pizza & more)
Surf Shack Activity Shop
Complimentary footballs, frisbees, volleyballs, water volleyballs, fitness equipment and Bocce balls are available at the Surf Shack. Tennis racquets and balls and pickleball sets can be rented, and new tennis balls are available for purchase. S’mores kits are also available for purchase.
The Coastal Cinema has movies and other events playing daily.
The Cottage is an adult lounge featuring a large screen display, pool table, shuffleboard and a relaxing atmosphere.
The Sandbox offers great walk-in activities for little kids with a Wii system, craft projects and coloring pages available.
The Shack is a surfing-themed escape for teens, including dual flat panel displays with PlayStation gaming stations and more!
The arcade room has about ten arcades from claw machines to racing games.
Bicycle Rentals & Tours
Bikes are available for rent as well as bicycle tours of the surrounding area.
Free Trolley & Shuttle Service
The resort offers free trolley and shuttle service to Crystal Cove State Park, Fashion Island and Laguna Beach. There are many free shuttle and trolley services offered by all Orange County beach cities during the summer that can extend where you’re able to go for free.
The resort shuttle service varies year round but here is sample resort shuttle schedule (always check with the resort for the official schedule.
Best Time to Visit Newport Coast
The summer months are easily the most popular times to visit Newport Coast because the weather is at its warmest of the year and the ocean is comfortable for swimming.
Year-round the weather is considered mild, but the Newport Coast can have more inclement weather from the cold ocean waters and cloudy days. Cloudy skies in the morning can be the norm until the they burn off throughout the day. June can sometimes bring overcast days, which locals refer to as the “June Gloom.”
The best time to visit Newport Coast is from July through September. Both the ocean water and weather are warmer.
Both the spring and the fall bring far fewer visitors to the area than the summer months, but travelers can still enjoy average daytime temps of 70 degrees or higher.
From Halloween to Christmas there are many holiday events, festive theme parks, boat parades and parties – and lights galore. Winter weather ranges from the low 40s to the 60s.
John Wayne and Long Beach are the nearest Southern California airports and very easy airports to get in and out of. Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) airports are further away, more difficult to get in and out of but may offer more direct and cheaper flights.
Local Airports (closest first):
John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Ontario International Airport (ONT)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
How to Book
You can also book through travel websites like Expedia or directly with timeshare owners via VRBO, Airbnb and other vacation rental sites.
Red Week is a great source for deals where timeshare owners list their Marriott Newport rentals.
Off Resort Activities & Things to Do Nearby
There’s no shortage of things to do around Newport Coast. Newport Beach is a great place for shopping, dining, the beach and water activity. You can walk all the way around Balboa Island while enjoying views of the yacht harbor and eating a famous Balboa Bar. From the island, take the ferry to Balboa Peninsula and enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone and surf.
Nearby Laguna Beach is famous for its beaches, tidepools, artists, art galleries, and art festivals.
Plan a day trip to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or head for the surf at Newport Beach, Huntington Beach or Laguna Beach. For water activity consider a dolphin and whale-watching boat trip, Duffy Boat rental, paddle boarding or surf lessons.
In season, don’t miss the summer Newport Beach Boat Parade, Pageant of the Masters, winter/spring whale watching, US Open, Orange County Fair and the winter/summer Sawdust Art Festival. There is a limitless array of outdoor activities, including golf, tennis, hiking and bicycling. Spend an afternoon at Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza for luxury shopping, dining and entertainment.
For those who are searching for restaurant options, you have plenty to choose from within just 10 miles of the property and even more beyond. The Crystal Cove Shopping Center is a mile away and features posh restaurants like Maestro’s, Javier’s, A Crystal Cove, and Marché Moderne. Nearby Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach offer up a multitude of dining options.
Crystal Cove State Park & Beach is less than a mile from MNV and the closest beach. Crystal Cove offers pristine beaches, tidepools, 18 miles of trails to hike. The ocean front Beachcomber restaurant is a great spot for breakfast where the kids can swim and play at the beach.
Corona del Mar State Beach is also a close by beach that is great for families with paid parking, usually gentle waves and food and bathroom amenities. Laguna Beach is the next closest beach with many small beach areas to explore.
Disneyland & Other Theme Parks
The Newport Villas is an awesome resort as a base for Disneyland, Legoland, Universal Studios, and other theme parks. There is no free shuttle service to Disneyland but from the Marriot Newport Villas to Disneyland it is only about a 30 minute drive (17 miles). You’re closer to San Diego, about hour and a half, from Newport so reaching the theme parks down there is easier as well.
Did you know in 1995 Walt Disney Co. announced a Disney Vacation Club at this exact location? Unfortunately for Disney lovers, several years later Disney cancelled the plans and sold the land on what is now the Marriott Newport Villas resort.
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