1 . Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 715 - 2057

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We are not responsible (although we wish we could take credit) for the serious feelings of remorse you’ll experience upon leaving our No. 1 pick. And if you find yourself wishing you could linger forever, you’re in good company. As Montage Laguna Beach is fond of saying, a hotel is where you stay – Montage is where you live.

Now that the disclaimer’s out of the way, let’s get to the particulars. Montage Laguna Beach is no ordinary Orange County hotel. In fact, even a phrase like “luxury hotel” can’t do justice to this serene waterfront retreat. Montage’s Craftsman-style structures house a sophisticated beach-inspired décor that serves as a striking contrast to the jagged cliffs and natural beach habitat they front. And outside, features like copper gutters and subtle gray shingles pay tribute to Laguna Beach’s artistic past. Montage Laguna Beach is home to a stylish selection of luxe accommodations, but for that perfect romantic weekend, only the Montage bungalows will do. French doors open to balconies with panoramic views of Aliso Beach, marble baths feature oversized tubs at their centers and indulgent bath amenities are yours to enjoy solo or with a seriously lucky companion. When you’ve had your fill of champagne and bubbles, step out of the spa-quality bath and into Spa Montage, where a blissful couples’ massage has your names written all over it!

Address

30801 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fun facts

The Montage’s exclusive children’s club, The Paintbox, provides hours of beachfront fun for your little ones, including snorkeling, surfing and tide pool exploration.

Related Onsite Offerings

Beachside service, oceanfront fitness facilities, executive business center, concierge services, complimentary daily newspaper, daily laundry service and valet parking.

2 . Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa by Marriott

Dana Point, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 661 - 5000

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With acres of lush oceanfront real estate and a Dana Point address, our No. 2 pick achieves that coveted worlds-away feel, while still offering convenient access to nearly every Southern California attraction. And with AAA’s Four Diamond Award among its many accomplishments, Laguna Cliffs Resort promises plenty of luxury, too!

From its red gabled roof to a classic gray and white exterior, Laguna Cliffs Resort echoes the sophistication of its Dana Point location. Luxurious guestrooms and suites capture the essence of Pacific Ocean waters and other trademark So-Cal scenery with a soothing décor highlighted by bold blues and luxe golds. And if you’re tempted to write off this Laguna Beach resort as all style and no substance, we beg you to reconsider. The Dana Point scenery beyond your Laguna Cliffs Resort suite doubles as a picturesque backdrop for everything from championship golf to yoga sessions. The Spa at Laguna Cliffs is equally extraordinary. Recognizing that true beauty should be more than skin deep, this Laguna Beach spa takes a cue from its namesake citrus. Vitamin C-infused blossoms, extracts and even peels are inspired ingredients featured in everything from the Signature Orange Massage to an exfoliating Mandarin Body Buff!

Address

25132 Park Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629

Getting there

From the John Wayne Airport, take 405 Freeway South, which merges into the 5 Freeway South. Exit at Pacific Coast Highway on the right, heading north. Proceed through two sets of stoplights to Dana Point Harbor Drive and turn left. Drive one block and turn right onto Street of the Park Lantern. Proceed to the top of the hill and enter the resort.

Fun facts

The bluffs at Dana Point take their name from Richard Henry Dana, an early California seafarer and author.

3 . Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

Laguna Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 233 - 0449

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Our No. 3 spot boasts more than a Spanish name. From its clay tile roof and white adobe walls to a courtyard filled with fragrant bougainvillea blossoms, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa’s hacienda-inspired good looks put this Laguna Beach hotel in a class of its own.

As its name suggests, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa truly feels like home. This private Laguna residence turned seaside sanctuary has harbored many an artist in its day, and today offers a luxurious refuge for world-weary travelers. At Casa Laguna, Old World elegance and modern comforts blend for casual luxury, and upscale amenities like high-thread count sheets and Pacific Ocean views come sans the usual pretense. Even gourmet breakfasts featuring locally grown produce and seafood selections are delightfully complemented by wine and cheese receptions as each day draws to a close. Flickering candles are the lighting of choice here, with Laguna Beach’s spectacular sunsets a close second. Casa Laguna’s historic Bell Tower offers an idyllic vantage point for admiring the view, while charming patios overlook both of the inn’s stunning water features. When a swimming pool such as Casa Laguna’s counts the Pacific Ocean as its neighbor, you’d expect the latter’s impossibly blue waters to take center stage. But hand-painted Catalina tiles, a rare find in the modern age, are the true show stealers at this Laguna Beach inn.

Address

2510 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fun facts

Casa Laguna was built in the 1920s as a private Laguna Beach residence.

Highlights

Craving a glass of Orange County vino? The family-owned Hamilton Oaks vineyard and winery is a short drive from Casa Laguna.

4 . St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa

Dana Point, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 234 - 3200

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If you find yourself torn between bent grass greens and exfoliating body polishes, our No. 4 pick is here to ease your pain. With a championship golf course and world-class spa both offered from its Dana Point location, St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort caters to both of your Laguna Beach vacation wishes.

We know what you’re thinking: Laguna Beach resorts with both golf and spa are a dime a dozen. But the Monarch Beach Golf Links is no ordinary course. Winding its way along the jagged California coast, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed beauty is a putter’s paradise. And Spa Gaucin, named for a Spanish village, plays host to an astonishing 30,000 sq. ft. dedicated to your spa-inspired pleasure. Signature rituals showcasing a blend of rosemary, olive and grape seed extracts pay tribute to this Orange County spa’s Mediterranean roots. St. Regis Monarch’s Tuscan-inspired estate is surprisingly at home on the Southern California coast. And while many of its neighbors promise both style and extravagance, the St. Regis delivers an opulent luxury that is simply unmatched by other Laguna Beach resorts – its fellow Top 10 picks included. And the St. Regis Presidential Suite – with an exquisite blend of silk prints, marble floors and precious metals – is easily one of this So Cal city’s most lavish accommodations!

Address

One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

Highlights

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort is California’s only Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star Resort.

Fun facts

From intimate rehearsal dinners to extravagant receptions, the St. Regis’ private Wine Cellar room and lavish Pacific Ballroom cater to all your Laguna Beach destination wedding needs.

5 . Hotel Seven4One

Laguna Beach, California

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Our No. 5 pick leads us away from the beach’s golden sands, and while we thought we’d feel a little wistful for the symphony of Pacific surf, we were so captivated by Hotel Seven4One’s modern appeal that we neglected to feel even a tinge of remorse.

Main Beach is just a few minutes' walk away, close enough to visit – if you can tear yourself away. Renovated in distinctly European fashion, Seven4One’s guestrooms come with all the luxury you’d expect from a Laguna Beach hotel, with a style that is all their own. Upscale add-ons like Molton Brown products and flat screen TVs come standard in these California suites. And in the rare event you find yourself in need of something, your personal Guest Experience Manager is only a phone call away. A short stroll out Hotel Seven4One’s doors leads to miles of pristine beaches – and the million-dollar residences that look out to their golden sands on a daily basis. Here, Seven4One’s signature hospitality continues with the aid of a Sand Valet who caters to your beach-going needs. From repositioning your lounge for optimum exposure to offering up an herb-scented face towel when the sun’s rays get a little too hot, this Laguna Beach butler accommodates every request with gracious style.

Address

741 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fun facts

Hotel Seven4One stands on the former site of the historic Eiler’s Inn.

Highlights

Hotel Seven4One is a proud member of the EPA Waste-Wise Partnership and the Green Hotel Association of America.

6 . Blue Pearl Laguna

Laguna Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 715 - 1674

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Breathe in. Breathe out. Then roll up your meditation mat, pack that pair of yoga pants you’ve been neglecting and make haste to our No. 6 pick’s doors. Perched high atop the Laguna Canyon hills, Blue Pearl Laguna takes a slightly different approach to Laguna Beach vacations. After all, there’s no place like Om!

If anyone could compel you to cast off your worldly cares, it would be the geniuses behind our No. 6 Laguna Beach selection. Geo is an acclaimed wellness author, Katresha recently launched a successful skin care line and both have studied with yoga masters far and wide, including India’s Indra Devi. This remarkable duo has channeled their very best into Blue Pearl Laguna, a fact you’ll be duly grateful for upon completing your weeklong wellness stay. Here, every day is designed with inner peace in mind. An exhilarating power yoga session prepares you for the day. Then it’s off for a Chakra Healing, followed by an indulgent massage – a daily ritual that helps you wind down before nightly meditative yoga begins. And while Blue Pearl Laguna offers all-inclusive retreats, this Orange County spa is sans alcohol and caffeine. Which is not to say Blue Pearl Laguna is without its perks; rooms-turned-sanctuaries feature platform beds dressed in stark white linens, with potted orchids as your exquisite bedside companions.

Address

21095 Raquel Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Fun facts

Geo Moskios, co-founder of Blue Pearl Laguna, is the author of The Idiot’s Guide to Power Yoga and The Warrior Within.

Related Onsite Offerings

Blue Pearl Laguna also offers weekend retreats that include yoga, meditation, hiking, vegetarian meals and private accommodations.

7 . Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo

Costa Mesa, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (714) 540 - 6060

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A European-style boutique hotel might seem like the last place you’d trust your little ones, but our No. 7 Laguna Beach pick has a lovely habit of defying all expectations. Besides, who says your California family vacation has to be all about the kids? At Ayres Hotel and Spa Mission Viejo, all ages are catered to!

Surrounding by truly breathtaking Saddleback Valley scenery, Ayres Hotel and Spa Mission Viejo serves as headquarters for all your Orange County adventures. While parents may be content to lounge poolside and enjoy the views, we both know your kids won’t stand for much downtime – there’s too much to be explored! Disneyland’s colorful cast of characters and whirlwind theme park rides are so close to the Ayres Hotel doors that the kids won’t even have time for a single chorus of “Are we there yets?” When you’ve shaken hands with the last of the Disney characters, reached your stomach-dropping quota on the topsy-turvy coasters and topped off your little one’s ponytail with a pair of mouse ears, chances are your tummies will be rumbling something fierce. Fortunately, the Modjeska Grill at Ayres Hotel serves up palate-tempting seafood selections like breaded clams, fried calamari and Atlantic salmon on a bed of mixed greens. Before you inundate us with complaints of “my kid won’t eat that,” we probably should mention the Kids Corner’s mini sliders and other tot-friendly fare!

Address

28951 Los Alisos Blvd., Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Related activities

The Ayres Hotel and Spa Mission Viejo is minutes from Orange County’s most exclusive golf courses, including Coto De Caza and Rancho Las Lomas.

Fun facts

The Ayres Hotel Family includes a wide variety of California hotels and spas, including locations in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.

8 . Pacific Edge Hotel

Laguna Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 932 - 2896

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If you only have eyes for the golden sands and foam-tinged surf of the Southern California coast, our No. 9 spot promises to bring you and this breathtaking scenery together. And if your gaze has already been captured by something – or rather, someone – more worthy, Pacific Edge Hotel offers something extra special for two!

Pacific Edge Hotel is of Laguna Beach’s best-kept secrets, but chances are it won’t stay that way for long. When you choose this Orange County hotel as your destination of choice, you’re steps from all the art galleries, art crawls and annual art-inspired events that first made this California art community famous. And every Pacific Edge guestroom balcony features views of sand and surf, ensuring plenty of the Gold Coast scenery that made Laguna a beloved vacation destination. Say it with us: destination wedding. Two words never sounded as sweet, especially with the Pacific Edge Hotel as your gracious wedding day host. From a private villa that serves as your dressing room to a golden stretch of sand that sets the stage for your sunset beach ceremony, every moment of your Orange County wedding weekend is truly exquisite at Pacific Edge Hotel.

Address

647 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Related Onsite Offerings

Two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzi tub, beach attendants, kids’ recreation room and express shopping service.

Highlights

Pacific Edge Hotel is a destination of choice for the thousands of art enthusiasts who flock to Laguna Beach’s art galleries and annual exhibits like the world-renowned Pageant of the Masters each year.

9 . La Casa del Camino

Laguna Beach, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (949) 497 - 2446

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Our house is your house – or “nuestra casita es su casita,” as our Spanish-inspired No. 10 spot would have it – is more than a slogan here; it’s a way of life. With cozy casitas, first-class cuisine and views so beautiful they’ll steal your breath, La Casa del Camino is the finest example of “home” we’ve ever seen.

Those looking to blend in with the Laguna locals will find La Casa del Camino’s newest addition, La Casita, to their liking. Styled to imitate the surrounding residences, this California vacation home offers plenty of room for California group or family vacations, without sacrificing the hotel’s superior hospitality. Your fellow guests won’t even have to fight over sleeping space; each La Casita bed is topped with exclusive designer duvets and plush down comforters. And if you find yourself needing to escape the chaos down below, a second-story artists’ loft opens to a balcony with Pacific Ocean views. La Casa del Camino is living proof that historic doesn’t have to mean boring. Built in 1927 as a quiet seaside retreat for Hollywood-weary stars, this Orange County hotel maintains its Old World charm and discreet hospitality in the modern day.

Address

1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Highlights

Nearby attractions include South Coast Plaza, Newport Fashion Island, San Diego Zoo, Del Mar Racetrack and Disneyland Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

La Casa del Camino’s Rooftop Garden and Italianate Courtyard add a hint of Mediterranean flair to your Southern California event or special occasion.

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