California Dreamin’: Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

As we pull up to the valet, we are enchanted by the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s lush gardens. The stress of a long week is already melting away. This is our escape; two human beings who are also a couple and in desperate need of rest and relaxation.

As we enter the lobby, we are greeted with our very own individually bundled bouquets of yellow roses, as if to say, ‘you deserve this.’ The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel casts a magical spell that breezes over us, instantly washing away the weight of the past week.

An Impossibly Romantic Setting

Located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with direct beach access, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is considered one of Orange County’s premier luxury resorts and located just a few miles from the charming old Spanish mission town of San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Beach, a bohemian artist/surfer community interspersed with upscale restaurants and galleries. 

Spa, Gym, Golf & Swimming

The hotel features a full-service spa, and two outdoor pools. If that’s not enough there is the close proximity of spectacular golf courses and a full-sized modern gym overlooking the bluff.

You may never have a view like this on a treadmill again, but if you prefer you can go for a bun blasting workout with the locals by running up and down the bluff.

Impressive Fine Dining Options

Heading into the evening, the setting encourages romance. RAYA is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant where every table has a dreamy ocean view. Remember that treadmill? Well, the same view only you get to eat and drink at a high level of culinary sophistication. 

With a glorious sunset as our backdrop, we were served elegant dishes infused with Latin flavours . But first we commenced with ‘sipping rum’ — something we hadn’t heard of before. This was a welcomed treat. 

Mains consisted of delicate melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon.  Desert was a revelation of sorts — warm, homemade churros dipped in cream and chocolate. Whilst seemingly simple, this classic treat was elevated to a higher level. 

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel’s guest rooms are decorated in a palette of creams and soft blues to reflect the beach setting. 

Plush Beds for a Good Night’s Sleep

The plush beds are dressed in 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious goose down duvets that help to insure a soothing night’s sleep. We lingered as long as possible before taking a morning stroll. 

This Southern California beach is a paradise for locals who tend to be less professional surfers and more surfing professionals, which is just as entertaining to watch.

Our walk naturally had us holding hands as we were met with the mysteries of what the Pacific had left for us to explore in the tide pools. Discovery is nature’s way of refreshing romance and at this location it happens effortlessly.

The writers were guests of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, California 92629 
United States