Newport Beach, Calif.,
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Balboa Bay Resort Enhances Meeting Space with Ballroom Renovation and Addition of Yacht

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (August 23, 2016) – Balboa Bay Resort, a public full-service hotel and resort located along the waterfront of the Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, recently completed a renovation project of its 6,000 square foot Grand Ballroom and pre-function space. In addition to new custom carpet, wallcoverings, lighting, furnishings and art, the refreshed look also includes newly installed bi-fold doors that open the ballroom to an expanded interior pre-function area. The new design now reflects the serenity of the resort’s Newport Beach coastal setting - a design of casual elegance and timeless style, using the colors of the sea, sand and sky, along with natural materials and rich espresso wood tones. Kay Lang + Associates was the designer of the project.

The public waterfront resort, which offers over 20,000 square feet of meeting space and 13 breakout rooms recently welcomed The Ambassador, a custom-built 128-foot luxury yacht to its portfolio, taking meetings and special events to the water – literally. The vessel is comprised of three decks and can accommodate up to 150 passengers. The main deck includes a large fully appointed bar and entertainment lounge with rich custom leather seating and a grand piano. The second deck features a complete arrangement for dinner seating with buffet-and-platter service areas, as well as an elegant Bridal/VIP suite with a private closet and bathroom. The top observation deck comes equipped with casual tables and chairs. The most stunning design aspect is the twin spiral stair towers at the aft of the vessel.

“We recognize that our client’s event are more than just people gathering in the same spot at the same time. They want to provide an impressive experience that leaves a lasting impression,” said Sam El-Rabaa, general manager of Balboa Bay Resort. “From a cocktail reception, to a corporate gala or dinner, to wedding receptions, we feel an event aboard The Ambassador will successfully achieve this for our clients and guests.”

The recent enhancements to the Grand Ballroom and pre-function space complete the fourth phase of a six-phase resort renovation project that began in 2014 with a complete lobby makeover and the addition of Blend, an Italian-inspired coffee shop, and A&O Kitchen+Bar, a full-service waterfront restaurant and bar. Earlier this year, a full-scale renovation of all 159 guest rooms and suites was completed, and come November 2016, the resort’s pool area will experience a refresh. The renovation project will be finalized after the resort’s spa facility is completed in Q1 of 2017.

For more meeting and event information, please call 949.630.4125 or visit

About Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, offers stunning bay views and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The resort features 159 newly renovated guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony and

modern furnishings. Additional features include destination and waterfront dining at Waterline, the resort’s signature; A&O Kitchen+Bar, a waterfront gastropub and bar; Blend™, an Italian inspired coffee shop, as well as a full-service 10,000-square-foot spa; more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including a year-round heated swimming pool and whirlpool, water activities, and for guests to rent from the private dock: electric boats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. For information and reservations, please contact Balboa Bay Resort at 949.645.5000; or visit the website at

About Meritage Collection

The Meritage Collection is a lifestyle and luxury hotel brand that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences designed for the curious traveler. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space. The portfolio includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit, or