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
This is a lovely but pricey establishment . The rooms are spacious and nicely appointed .Set right on the sand the highlight of my stay was dinner in the bar after dark , where one could watch the floodlit waves smashing against the hotel steps !
What I did not like was getting charged a 20USD daily resort fee ( +USD 2.28tax) on departure, which , I was advised, was for "wifi , use of the gym , use of the pool etc ".
Already having paid a motza for the room I thought this was sharp practice.
My advice , should you stay there , is ask for a room on the higher floors and not over the pool . My first day was in a ground floor room which afforded a view straight across the pool , and was similarly looked into and not private.
My first time to this beautiful resort RIGHT ON the beach! Every detail was covered.....from beautiful linens and very nicely appointed rooms, to a gorgeous balcony overlooking the waves lapping the beach. It was hard to take your eyes off of! Breakfast on our patio every morning was delightful! The staff was very warm, friendly and helpful. The restaurant was lovely, and the food in the bar was excellent. Walking distance from many restaurants and shops in Laguna Beach, and close to Trolley Stop also. Awesome visit!!
The hotel is located right on the beach and walking distance to all services. The beach is dog friendly as well. The restaurant and bar have the best ocean view in town. The pool and pool bar are just st eps from the beach.
Love this hotel! Upscale and quaint! Staff was very friendly and helpful! I would definitely come back! Food was yummy too. Rooms are huge and most of all have an ocean view. Nice big spa tubs. Turn down service offered every night.
This hotel has become my "go to" hotel when I"m in Orange County. It's location is the best in Laguna Beach, walking distance to all of the art galleries, shopping, and best restaurants in the area. The rooms don't just have an ocean view...they are literally right on the ocean. So you wake up and go to sleep each night to the sound of the waves crashing right outside your balcony. The restaurant, Splashes, has the best breakfast offerings and service of any of the hotels in the area, and the concierge service is second to none. Just ask for Ali North when you arrive and she is sure to make your stay a memorable one. Ask for Magdalena at the spa If you are looking to relax and pamper yourself, and if you are planning to go to Laguna Beach..or anywhere in the OC for that matter, the Surf and Sand Hotel needs to be at the top of your list.