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Tucked just between Dana Point and Laguna Niguel atop a seaside bluff sits the majestic Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Located in the southernmost stretch of Orange County in Southern California, nearly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel inspires playful luxury that beautifully melds the more casual coastal vibes of the local surf-influenced community with the signature elegance and distinctive service one can expect from a Ritz-Carlton property. Visiting this stunning property truly feels like you’ve discovered a hidden gem.

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Accommodations feel airy and bright, with balconies or patios overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (Photo credit: Mayra Bazavilvazo)

More Than Just a Room
Offering panoramic views of the ocean and with direct access to over three miles of sandy beach, the property underwent renovations to its 396 guestrooms and 29 suites in early 2021. Drawing inspiration from its seaside setting, the new accommodations feel airy and bright, with balconies or patios overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Select guestrooms on the first floor even include personal outdoor fireplaces, which pair perfectly with a cocktail at sunset and are also popular with the little ones for s’more-making.

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Balcony with a view. (Photo credit: Mayra Bazavilvazo)

These comfortably appointed rooms boast large marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and Asprey Bath amenities. Guests will also find free-standing soaking tubs in the newly refurbished suites. If your clients work remotely, let them know that all guestrooms are furnished with large desks or working areas, so they won’t skip a beat during their stay.  All rooms are also outfitted with large Smart TVs, where guests can access their favorite TV subscriptions, such as Netflix or Hulu.

For a special family-friendly stay, request an oceanview corner suite on the first floor, where your clients can watch their children play on the expansive oceanfront lawn while watching the sunset from their private patio. They may even spot migrating whales when they visit in the winter months, December-April.

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Families might spot migrating whales when they visit in the winter months, December-April. (Photo credit: Mayra Bazavilvazo)

Dining Options
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of restaurants on property. An enticing eatery with a view by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, RAYA prepares Latin-influenced cuisine. Using locally sourced produce, sustainable seafood, and organic meats, clients can expect dishes like Dungeness crab chalupas, achiote salmon, and lobster tacos.

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180blu restaurant. (Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel)

For a more intimate dining experience, enoSTEAK steakhouse specializes in prime, pasture-raised beef. They also serve a beautifully curated selection of charcuterie and artisanal cheeses to be paired with one of 300 fine wines.

180blu provides a more laid-back lounge with a stunning oceanfront setting, hand-crafted cocktails and small plates from RAYA’s menu. Or head to The Market Place, a casual take-out cafe where guests can grab sandwiches, salads, and smoothies for a picnic at the beach.

Adventures and Wellness
The Eco-Adventure Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel makes for unique adventures and experiences for guests of all ages. Adults and children alike can learn more about California’s diverse ecosystems with expert naturalists and marine biologists. Explore local tide pools, take to the ocean on a whale watching tour, or hang ten on a surfing lesson, all arranged through the Center.

A day at the beach here is anything but ordinary. The resort provides a shuttle ride down the bluff to Salt Creek Beach and chairs and umbrellas for guests. Known for its beginner/intermediate surfing points, Salt Creek Beach makes for a good time no matter how your clients like to enjoy their beach time. Swim, surf, play in the sand, or simply kick-back and people-watch.

For a wellness-focused stay, your clients can break a sweat while overlooking the ocean and watching local surfers at the fully equipped fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. They can also participate in the complimentary morning yoga and Pilates classes offered daily. A visit to The Ritz-Carlton Spa is a must for the ultimate in relaxation, where guests can indulge in ocean-inspired treatments and therapies. Using a variety of sea salts, minerals, and water, the spa offers a range of massages and skin therapies that balance and rejuvenate.

A stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel makes for a special summer family getaway. Allowing for equal amounts of adventure and relaxation, with luxurious accommodations and thoughtful service, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel easily offers something for everyone.

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This story originally appeared in, a family travel website created to inspire families with kids to expand their idea of adventures. You can follow the adventures of the Bazavilvazo family @worldstompers on Instagram and The Worldstompers on Facebook.