Luminaries light the pathways along with a bright moon during the Montage Resort's Christmas tree lighting ceremony in November.

Luminaries light the pathways along with a bright moon during the Montage Resort's Christmas tree lighting ceremony in November. (DON LEACH / November 27, 2012)

Two Orange County resorts -- Montage Laguna Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill -- earned new 2013 five-star ratings from the Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes announced Tuesday.

In making the Forbes five-star list, Pelican Hill's hotel and Montage joined one other Orange County property, the St. Regis Monarch Beach. 

The Resort at Pelican Hill, which opened in 2008, became the first and only in Newport Beach to garner the rating. 

Both hotels have won top honors from various trade organizations, such as AAA's Five Diamond Award.

--Jill Cowan

Twitter: @jillcowan