The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
What We Love
- Seven miles of coast to stroll
- An eco-adventure center offers naturalist-led tours of the local marine ecosystem and the resort’s organic gardens
- Beach Butler service to set you up on the shore
What To Know
- Balcony fire pits are romantic, but rooms offering them are on a lower floor, so views are less dramatic
- Rooms overlooking the pool can get noisy
- There’s a $25 a night resort fee to cover use of the spa, internet, and tennis courts
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched on Dana Point, a bluff rising straight up from the Pacific Ocean, this 396-room property is undeniably gorgeous, but it’s not just another pretty face. There’s substance under all that style, from two restaurants focused on local and sustainable foods (enoSTEAK serves only pasture-raised beef), an Eco-Adventures sightseeing program of naturalist-led tours on sea and land for kids and adults, and even its own sustainable garden. And if you’re more of a hedonist than a horticulturist, there’s also 12-room spa and a lounge, 180blü, with unbeatable sunset views.
In the Area
The resort just happens to be situated above a surfing mecca, Salt Creek Beach, and near six celebrated golf courses including Monarch Beach Golf Links and Talega Golf Club. For those interested in local history, Mission San Juan Capistrano is just a ten minute drive away while the shops, galleries, and eateries of the town of Laguna Beach are also convenient to the resort.
How to Get There
This is one of the best Ritz properties I’ve been to.
- An A+++ club level (a HUGE thank you to our club level concierge Diane who made our stay so much better).
- Access to Salt Creek beach and the beach butler system is fantastic. It’s a beautiful beach and occasionally you’ll see professional surfers.
- Consistently has one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.
- Great spa/steam room.
- Beautiful common areas; lounge areas outside looking over the ocean.
- S’mores packets for their bonfire.
- Very friendly staff.
- Outdated pools were nothing special, and the lack of breeze makes them get pretty warm during hitter days.
- Lots of conventioneers and business folks shuttling about; kinda impedes the vacation vibe.
- Many rooms don’t have separate showers/tubs
We had a wonderful stay at this lovely hotel. The location and views are spectacular,especially from the club. The service was excellent though the food at the club could be better as it didn’t come up to the same standards as the other RC clubs we have stayed at. As is customary with such properties there is a resort fee which takes into account the valet parking.
The resort is huge and beautiful. You can walk down the cliff or take a hotel shuttle to the public beach, which is great but not as good as the huntington beach we just visited couple days ago. The hotel staffs are friendly. My daughter fell down when she run. The first aid team of the hotel helped us promptly.