Surf And Sand Resort
What We Love
- The location: walking distance to all attractions and just steps to the sea
- Fresh from a $3 million revamp
- Casual vibe at Splashes on the Beach, the hotel’s seaside alfresco restaurant
What To Know
- A $15 daily resort fee covers everything from the fitness club to beach towels
- The hotel is 20 minutes from the Orange County airport
- Valet parking is available for an additional $30 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Laguna Beach was the hangout for the hip Hollywood set of the 1950s. Now stylishly redone, Surf and Sand blends this Golden Age glamour with bungalow-style beach appeal. Right on 500 feet of Laguna Beach’s premier sandy beach, the hotel tumbles down a hill to the water. Sometimes described as its own sun-drenched village, Surf and Sand feels intimate and secluded despite its prime address in the center of town.
Bed and Bath
Private, oceanfront balconies grace all 167 guestrooms, which are divided between the spacious Tower block overlooking the beach; the Seaview wing, which has views of the lounger-dotted pool and the ocean beyond; and the Surfside section, just a beachball toss from the sand. Interiors capture the spirit of beach life in a palette of ocean-blue and white, bleached wood and plantation shutters, and an abundance of original artwork gives a nod to Laguna Beach’s artsy reputation. Spacious and simple bathrooms have separate tubs and showers, plus double vanities (in Tower Rooms) and luxe products by Philosophy.
Foodie favorite Splashes by the Sea serves fresh, summertime dishes such as sweet corn ravioli, diver scallops and asparagus risotto with mascarpone against a sea-and-sunset backdrop, while the lively bar hosts a local crowd and a Sunset Happy Hour (try the handcrafted Tropical Mist). For a different sort of pampering, head to the Aquaterra Spa and indulge in a full body revival with the Summer Berry Bliss, a homemade treatment that includes a strawberry sugar scrub, an oatmeal wrap, a massage and an aloe berry eye treatment. The huge fitness center encourages cardio effort, as does mingling with the beautiful crowd at the cabana- and lounger-dotted beachside pool.
In the Area
Get in step with the beach town’s artistic vibe and hip village mood with a walk down Gallery Row. Here, ateliers and galleries abound (contemporary gallery Peter Blake is a favorite), and the first Thursday of the month is reserved for the festive Art Walk, when the galleries stay open late. Cafés, restaurants and bars dot this walkable city — don’t miss the lobster truffle risotto and a sweet cocktail on the rooftop of K’ya Bistro Bar. Bibliophiles will want to linger at old-school bookstore Laguna Beach Books, while more adventurous types can go in search of whales (in season) and dolphins from a high-tech catamaran with Capt. Dave’s Whale and Dolphin Safari. For an easy daytrip, take a drive to Crystal Cove State Park, the quintessential California beach adventure, with crashing waves, three miles of beach and 2,500 acres of backcountry.
How to Get There
If you want a hotel on the beach, this is it. Pure paradise. We spent 3 days here with our children and adored every minute. Book your trip here, you won't regret it. Truly magical and stunning. Every detail is perfect.
Rooms, spa, pool, and service is great. I've stayed a few times and love the bar at Splashes when the tide comes in. In the Summer the resort has activities for all which is great entertainment for the guests.
Been to this hotel so many times I can't count........
Absolutely the best! You have to love the sound of the ocean waves crashing...and looking out over the sea to Catalina and walks on the beach to town and just lounging by the pool or shore......all time favorite hotel.....
This spot was amazing! Located exactly near everything we wanted. Hotel amenities were truly remarkable. The entire staff was friendly & professional at all levels of service. Splashes had some of the best Sea Bass, ever! For this weekend getaway, it could not have gone better.
This is not the review I wanted to give this resort. My husband and I were actually married here in 2014. We returned with our baby to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary and first Father’s Day. It was an incredible experience. Upon returning, we had very high expectations as we had a special place in our heart for this resort after our fabulous wedding. The service has changed is no longer what we remember. The hotel granted us an early check in, however never told us they would charge us for an early check in. We were shocked when seeing the bill. Tomohiro was extremely rude and condescending to us, blaming me for the charge. We expressed our disappointment to him about the service in the hotel and he brushed us off and could care less. Owner the security guard was very rude to my husband and is more suited for a night club rather than a 5 star hotel. The pool was out control to the point that I removed my infant so she would not get hurt by kids jumping on her. No one seemed to care about any of these issues. The cleanliness at the pool was also underwhelming. It looked as though no one had cleaned any of the lounge chairs or the grounds for that matter in a long time.
We showed up to splashes at 10:49 for breakfast. No one would help us or look at us until 10:58 and then told us the kitchen closed at 11:00 for breakfast. It took us a while for them to realize we had been sitting for 2 minutes waiting to get some service before then decided to “do us a favor” and serve us breakfast which we were on time for to begin with. To make matters worse, we had to ask for ice water 4 times before it arrived.
I am puzzled to see how the service at the resort has gone down in the past few years. We appreciated the help of Pamela and Andrew as they tried to help us with some concerns through the stay and did a great job. Jeremy at the pool was also great.
Lastly, I even filled out a detailed survey of my stay, listing all of my complaints and things that could use improvement. No one ever bothered to even contact me after submitting it. I also listed the names of the employees who were great as well as the friendly valet staff.
This was a sad 5 year anniversary and I am not sure I would ever be able to stay at this hotel again.