The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Beachfront bliss in Orange County
Situated atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the ocean, the Mediterranean style villa that house The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is an elegant retreat. Guest rooms have been decorated in a palette of cream and soft blue to reflect the beach setting and have ocean, pool or garden views.

The resort has three restaurants, including enoSTEAK, a cozy steakhouse that also offers artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and a sizeable wine collection. Surfing lessons are available at the beach, and the spa is fabulous with its contemporary California-glam décor and full menu of luxurious treatments. Golfers come to play several spectacular courses nearby.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Mediterranean-style property sits atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean, which means you get fantastic views from every room.
  • This is a surfer’s paradise—take surf lessons, surf tours, surfer clinics for women and stand-up paddleboarding classes. Wetsuits, Billabong boards, wax and other equipment are provided as well, so all you have to do is show up and dive in.
  • The family-friendly California hotel offers a variety of ways to keep little ones busy, but some of the best activities for kids are through the property’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, which plans everything from whale-watching excursions to tide pool trips. 
  • Beach butlers are at your beck and call. They will shuttle you to Salt Creek Beach in a golf cart; set you up with beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and sunscreen; dole out body boards, water noodles and other gear; take care of any food and drink orders; and even build sandcastles with the kids.
  • You’ll be inspired to break a sweat when you see the gym at this Orange County hotel. There are floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the ocean and sand.
Things to Know
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a family destination, so expect to see a lot of children running around, especially in the summer.
  • If you fall in love with the plush down feather bed duvet on your bed, you can purchase one to take home at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s gift shop.
  • A pillow menu can be found in the closet of your guest room if you need a firmer alternative to the plushy down option provided for you.
The Rooms
  • Borrowing from this Dana Point hotel’s beachfront location, guest rooms and suites feature ocean-inspired décor, airy layouts and private balconies overlooking the Pacific or the resort garden and pool.
  • The plush beds are dressed in 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious goose down duvets that ensure a restful night’s sleep.
  • Amenities include iPod docking stations, 42-inch LED TVs with DVD players, mini-fridges and safes. Bathrooms are stocked with exclusive Asprey bath products.
  • The lovely bathrooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel are one of the best parts of the room. The his-and-her vanities are separated by a wall, which ensures plenty of room and some privacy when getting ready.
The Restaurants
  • If it’s ocean-view dining you’re after, then Raya inside The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will do the trick. The pan-Latin, all-day dining restaurant has knockout vistas and cuisine to match.
  • Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors are infused in dishes at every meal. For dinner, small plates include a variety of ceviches, rock shrimp quesdillas and Santa Barbara blue mussels fritas.
  • For a meatier option, try enoSTEAK, a tucked-away spot off of the lobby. The cozy, wood-filled steakhouse plates cuts of prime and grass-fed, pasture-raised beef.
  • But the glass wine cases in the room hint at another reason to visit enoSTEAK: Head to there to enjoy a glass of vino paired with artisanal cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Casual options include the Dana Pool Café—which features light bites, a kids menu and cocktails—while the Marketplace Coffee Shop offers gourmet coffee drinks, pastries, panini and more.
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Pet friendly
Getting There
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629
SNA (28-35 min)   LGB (40-55 min)   LAX (1 h-1 h 15 min)  
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