One place that we kept on revisiting was The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Initially, we were hesitant to stay at the property. This comes from us having the preconceived notion that the brand is elegant but dated. After doing some research, we learned that The Ritz-Carlton properties are actually very current and have the unofficial motto: “It’s not your grandfather’s Ritz”. With that in mind, Tom and I decided to stay at this property that piqued our curiosity.
Upon arrival, Tom and I were amazed by the sheer beauty and graceful style of the property. Situated on a 150 foot cliff that towers over the Pacific Ocean, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is “The Grande Dame” of the Southern California coast. Elegantly majestic, the resort epitomizes California luxury. The property is bright and airy. Floor to ceiling windows abound, bringing the stunning outdoors in. Although the resort recently turned 30, it looks and feels brand new. As it should, since it recently underwent a $40 million renovation. Guests who haven’t returned since the remodel should revisit this hugely revitalized property. In fact, during a tour of the property we learned that the sophisticated, but attainable elegance typifies The Ritz-Carlton brand!
When we entered our Club Level room, we were greeted with a lovely charcuterie plate as a welcome treat. Yum! Then, Tom and I realized our room was actually a stunning two-room, two-bath suite! The California luxury beach theme continued with a color scheme that takes from the immediate surroundings of beach and ocean. Each room has a balcony overlooking one of the property’s two pools. The living room contained a comfortable L-shaped sofa, desk, large flat-screen TV, coffee station, mini refrigerator. The bedroom housed a plush king size bed, a chaise lounge, and another large flat-screen TV. The master bath was expansive with large closet space, double sinks and three separate vanities, and a large shower and tub. We were truly spoiled!
We were further pampered due to our Club Level accommodations. The associated amenities are well worth the upgrade! From 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., there is a dedicated Club Level Concierge to assist with anything you can think of from arranging dining or spa reservations, to obtaining golf tee times, offering sightseeing recommendations, and arranging transportation, amongst other things. The lounge offers complimentary food and beverage service during the same staffing hours. When the room is not staffed, guests may help themselves to a selection of treats and beverages. Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed the Club Level amenities and personalized service!
During the day, we enjoyed many of the resort’s activities. I went on a beautiful 4 mile run overlooking the stunning Salt Creek Beach and coursing through the adjacent Monarch Beach Golf Links. I also visited the gym. The view is spectacular and distracts you from the monotony of working out on the top of the line cardio machines. The pool area was gorgeously landscaped and the loungers were plentiful. The pool station also offers ice water to sip and cool down and sunscreen for those who might have forgotten this essential item. Tom and I enjoyed walking on the beach, admiring the waves and watching surfers in action. The property entrance from the beach requires a walk up a steeply inclined paved path. Tom wasn’t up for the walk. Luckily, the resort offers beach buggy shuttle service and we caught a ride up with a family with young children.
Unfortunately, our stay was short and I didn’t get to do everything I wanted. Situated in the heart of Orange County, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has an extensive Eco-Adventure program. The resort hosts activities for guests of all ages. The program encourages learning about and appreciating how the local environment is connected to the global ecosystem. I really wanted to take the garden tour, which showcases the property’s organic garden. The garden supplies fruit, vegetables, and herbs for on-site restaurants to use. Next time, I’ll make time to do this!
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel epitomizes all that we have come to expect in a luxury property: exceptional service, fabulous amenities, fantastic dining options and a one of a kind location. The resort exceeded all of our expectations. We cannot speak more highly of the resort and cannot wait to return. We also whole-heartedly recommend an upgrade to a Club Level room. The amenities and personalized attention are well worth the splurge!
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not applicable towards room tax, resort fee, valet parking, Eco Adventure Center, tennis, and recreation activities)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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