Upgrade your vacation caliber to big picture quality with a behind the velvet rope experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel celebrates its partnership with Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts to bring you an unparalleled presentation, upstaging its respectively impressive predecessors.

Pageant of the Masters is ninety minutes of “living pictures” - incredibly faithful art re-creations of many classical and contemporary works. Volunteers are transformed into pieces of a picture, down to the last shaded detail, and complemented by their outdoor amphitheater platform and a live orchestra to make the Pageant of the Masters the best stage presentation of its kind.

As if a presentation of live art wasn’t enough, the Festival of Arts enjoys an equally impressive location. Just a few blocks from the ocean in Laguna Beach, the Festival is a beautiful outdoor gallery featuring a prestigious juried art show that includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more - all by more than 140 of “The O.C.’s” finest artists.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer exclusive Pageant of the Masters experiences to our guests," Director of Marketing Donna Bond said.

This year's “Big Picture”-themed Pageant plays witness to cinematic masterpieces in real life.  Be "moved," irony pardoned, by pieces that have inspired generations, from legendary filmmakers to the everyday museum-goer and statue fanatic.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents an exclusive Behind the Velvet Rope experience that may have a price, but it’s worth its weight in gold. Starting at $1,475 per night, the Behind the Velvet

Rope experience is an appreciative artist's paradise of perks. Enjoy Ocean View Club Level accommodations, preferred pageant seating, a backstage tour, and a guided tour of the Festival of Arts. While The Big Picture experience, starting at $645 per night, will bring you a fanciful advantage of overnight accommodations in a pool/garden view guest room, two premium seat tickets to the Pageant performance, and admission to the Festival of Arts.

"Guests on the Behind the Velvet Rope experience can feel the excitement and wonder of how this grand production comes together behind the curtain and peek into the mystery of how art comes to life," Director of Marketing Donna Bond added.

Perched 150-feet above the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel makes an impressive setting of white water Pacific Ocean views over two miles of sandy beachfront. Reimagine the most famous remnants of the cinematic art world amid a unique, oceanfront setting of remarkable service heritage.

A more playful approach to luxury has granted The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with many awards over the years. But its premier prize is its role as stage to the incredible Pageant of the Masters “The Big Picture” and “Behind the Velvet Rope” experiences. For additional information or to make a reservation, visit their website.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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