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
- 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
I treated my husband to a surprise trip to California for his 40th Birthday - I did not know anything about it - someone just told me it was fabulous. We spent money beyond our budget because it was a special occasion - 30 years later - this is a memory we will never forget. On the concierge floor - incredible arched window views of the ocean and the dolphins . . .morning champagne breakfasts enjoyed with no makeup on in your bathrobe from the club area overlooking the ocean with other guests enjoying the view . . .afternoon tea and snacks after a round of golf. . first in line reservations from an Italian Restaurant that was packed . . late night chocolates and after dinner drinks in the circular lounge on our floor with people who were so interesting . . . Now at age 71, I hope that I can rebook at age 75 to recreate the magic!
The location cannot be beat. Service was exceptional. Easy walk or trolly down to beach. Ritz provides chairs, towels, and umbrellas at the beach, which was very convenient. Can even leave the chairs on beach when done (bring up towels).
Staff was all super friendly and helpful. Pools were nice. Only complaint was the rooms themselves were outdated and probably the least nice out of the RC’s I have stayed at (Dorado, half moon bay, Boston). If they redo those eventually, it may be perfect. Location is awesome.
My husband treated me to an overnight stay at this beautiful location to celebrate my recent birthday as my family and I are fond of the Ritz Carlton properties. We were in Southern california visiting family and he thought it would be a nice surprise and that it was!
From even before our arrival we were accomodated and were made to feel extra special. Not only were we upgraded as a thanks for our stay on a special occasion, we were allowed to check in several hours early and they were able to accommodate a 2pm checkout.
Upon arriving to our room, a short cake was set out with a nice happy birthday note. I thought it was very thoughtful.
The room itself was nicely set up and the terrace had a beautiful view. The closet space was slightly small but since we weren't staying for too long, it wasn't an issue.
The bathroom was spacious, the robes fluffy and the marble was nicely maintained. The only complaint I have about the bathroom is that my son got stuck in the bathroom because the door was somewhat difficult to open.
Once there we had set up an appointment with the photography concierge as we have a yearly tradition of doing summer pictures at whatever resort we are staying.
The photoshoot was so much fun! Most people dread photographing children and families because it's so hard to coordinate. Debbie our photographer however, was lively, engaging and fun to work with. She chatted up my son from anything from camera angles to Star Wars. My children are smiling in every one of them because she had them in stitches.
The actual selection of our packages was smooth, Kendall was very patient and always tried to keep in mind which package was best suited for our needs. We ended up selecting one of the larger packages because we just couldn't pick a few.
The one thing that was disappointing was that in the evening as we were winding down, we wanted order the "Movie night" package (i.e. family friendly rented movie, snacks,drinks) but the system was down.
All in all, I highly recommend this property for a nice, relaxing, luxurious California vacation and I also cannot say enough good things about the staff at Pacific Dream Photography, together they made my birthday a wonderful, memorable experience!
We stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon and were very pleased with this decision. We were welcomed into the hotel with congratulations on our recent marriage and were treated amazingly. Our fireside ocean view room was the perfect place to relax and take in the ocean air and view. The box of s’mores for us to cook via our fire was a nice touch! The staff was always friendly and very accommodating of any requests that we had. Look forward to a return visit in the future.
The Ritz here at Dana Point is one of my favorite properties. The view from the balcony is amazing and the rooms are very nice with, of course, the famous Ritz Carlton bed and pillows. You must ask for 4th floor ocean side. There is an additional cost but you will not be disappointed.