Balboa Bay Resort
Why We Like This Place
Set on 15.5 waterfront acres along California’s scenic coastal Riviera, The Balboa Bay Resort shines as a destination wedding venue. As the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, this venue offers a sophisticated yet relaxed setting, complete with sunshine, sea breezes and marina views.
Since the heady years following World War II when Newport Beach was evolving into both a coastal resort town and a celebrity magnet, The Balboa Bay Resort has attracted its share of the glitterati: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall hung out here, as did presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, who dined at the upscale First Cabin Restaurant. For years, John Wayne made the resort his second home and docked his boat here. Today, Duke’s Place, the resort’s entertainment bar, serves up signature drinks and top jazz talent in a bayfront niche that memorializes the iconic actor. For a wedding party staying the weekend, it’s a fine spot for dancing and romancing.
Brides interested in hosting a sumptuous “toast at the coast” can choose between two waterfront ceremony sites. Say your vows on the magnificent Beach Front Lawn overlooking the resort’s stunning private beach and Newport Bay or, for a more intimate option, tie the knot on the secluded Bay Front Lawn. Perfumed by lavender, roses and hibiscus, and looking out over multimillion-dollar bayfront homes, both sites epitomize the essence of California’s Gold Coast.
After the ceremony, as your photographer captures memories by the bay, your guests can get acquainted over champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the Commodore Room, an indoor-outdoor space with a tropical vibe. Larger receptions are held in the Grand Ballroom, where direct valet service via a private porte-cochère adds convenience and security. The 7,000-square-foot room is striking: Rich burgundy and gold fabrics convey a refined elegance, while the 18-foot ceiling, five crystal chandeliers and a space-enhancing mirror create sparkle and drama. Adjoining the ballroom is the Coconut Grove Courtyard, an al fresco terrace that’s perfect for mingling amidst giant palms and banana plants.
As you would expect at this Four Diamond resort, considerable attention is paid to the cuisine, and you’ll find a range of reception packages that include everything from show-off displays and exquisite hors d’oeuvres to staffed carving stations. Menus, which can be customized, feature award-winning continental cuisine made from the freshest seasonal ingredients.
At the Balboa Bay Resort, other wedding-related events are welcome: Consider launching your festivities with a warm rehearsal dinner in the beautifully decorated Commodore Room. Then, after a memorable weekend, bid a fond farewell to your family and friends with a delicious brunch at First Cabin Restaurant, boasting a gorgeous view of Newport Harbor and its colorful yachts and sailboats. And throughout your celebration, everyone in your party will also enjoy a rejuvenating experience at the resort’s luxurious state-of-the-art, full-service spa and beauty salon.
For your own grand finale, cruise through scenic Newport Harbor in a gondola and return to the resort for a romantic honeymoon. Indulge in a massage for two, share a late waterfront repast and a bottle of wine, and settle into your plush bayview suite. Everything is, indeed, perfection at Newport’s outstanding waterfront resort.
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
Max. Seated Indoors: 500
Max. Seated Outdoors: 180
Max. Standing Indoors: 700
Max. Standing Outdoors: 300
|Max. Seated: 600|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The facility accommodates 300 seated guests outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel holds 500 seated or 700 standing guests indoors and 180 seated or 400 standing outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 600 seated guests.
Fees & Deposits
A deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Deposit amounts vary depending on cost estimate. Meals range $34–112/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional.
Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight, with some exceptions.
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsGarden Patio/Courtyard
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
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