Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Laguna Beach Oceanfront Hotel
The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel offers a transformative experience. Modern luxury and spectacular Pacific Ocean views make this hotel one of a kind.
Set on a bluff above the ocean, there is truly an amazing view at every turn.
In the local spirit, the hotel:
∙ Caters to kids and pets
∙ Locally sources cuisine
∙ Offers direct beach access
∙ Shares nature walks
∙ Displays revolving art work by local artists
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Guest Room Features & Amenities
- Breathtaking ocean views off of private patios or balconies from most rooms
- First floor, ocean view rooms with outdoor fire pits
- Plush, goose-down comforters and pillows, and luxurious 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets
- 42” LED flat-screen 1080p HDTV’s
- DVD players in all guestrooms
- Wireless and hard-wired Internet access
- In-room laptop-sized safe with electrical outlet for recharging
- Full marble bathrooms with double sinks in most rooms
- Individual heating and air-conditioning controls
- In-room Nespresso coffee machine
Property Features & Amenities
- The Ritz-Carlton Club Level
- The Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring 12 luxurious treatment rooms, Salon, and Spa Boutique
- Breathtaking Ocean-front Fitness Center, complete with a full array of fitness machines and equipment and daily wellness classes, including Yoga and Pilates
- Two Tennis courts
- Two outdoor swimming pools and two outdoor whirlpools
- Luxurious lawn areas featuring Adirondack chairs overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- Business center services
- The Ritz-Carlton Gift and Sundry Shop featuring logo apparel, a wide array of gift items and sundries
- Eco Adventure Center
- Two restaurants, outdoor oceanfront lounge, bar and marketplace
- Children’s playground
- Organic garden
We visited over Thanksgiving week and the weather was beautiful to sit outside at 180BLU. Inside or outside the views are stunning.
Renowned chef Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin coastal cuisine is prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce and organic meat. The elegant setting features ocean views and a private dining room.
Prime, pasture-raised beef, organic, local produce, artisanal cheeses and fine wines are offered in a modern space with a bold art collection.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from 150 feet above, this outdoor lounge features small plates, desserts, hand-crafted beverages, live music and breathtaking views.
THE MARKET PLACE
This healthy take on fast-casual dining highlights ingredients including braised kale, cage-free eggs, quinoa, California avocadoes and other healthy selections.
Sophisticated and friendly, this bar features ocean views, appetizers and fine cocktails in a comfortable, lounge-like setting.
THE DANA POOL CAFÉ
Casual fare and specialty cocktails are served poolside at this seasonal outdoor dining venue.
Discover hotel dining beyond breakfast, lunch and dinner with chef-led experiences, wine tastings, private dining, brunches and other special events and offers.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel enjoys one of the most enviable addresses in Southern California. Three airports and attractions like Disneyland and South Coast Plaza, are all under an hour away, while Laguna Beach and Dana point destinations are accessible by complimentary seasonal trolleys.
The hotel is near destinations like San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach for sightseeing opportunities. Discover the best of Orange County here.
Festival of Arts
Shop for one-of-a-kind artwork by more than 150 of The O.C.'s finest artists in a beautiful open air gallery setting. Enjoy free art workshops, artists demonstrations, art tours, special events, fine food and much more. There's something for everyone. And, every night during the summer season at 8:30 p.m. the Festival of Arts presents its world famous Pageant of the Masters, featuring re-creations of classical and contemporary artworks with live models accompanied by a full orchestra and live narration.
Pageant of the Masters
Pageant of the Masters, presented July through August, is a presentation of "living pictures" — incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. Presented in an outdoor amphitheater, Pageant of the Masters has been recognized as the best presentation of its kind.
Sawdust Art Festival
Two hundred Laguna Beach artists create a one-of-a-kind artists' village in Laguna Canyon each summer. Shop for original artist-made art glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, paintings, and more. Artist demonstrations including glass blowing, printmaking and ceramics. Art classes for all ages. Plus three stages of music and three cafes.
Located in Laguna Canyon between the Sawdust Festival and Festival of Arts in a beautiful, shady garden setting, the Art-A-Fair features more than 125 artists, plus live entertainment, fine food by Tivoli Too!, demonstrations and workshops. The Art-A-Fair is the only one of Laguna’s three summer shows with exhibitors from outside the immediate area. Artists apply annually and are accepted through a jury system, which contributes to the high quality of art and master crafts among participants.
Museums and Institutes
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Indians, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. Sites of interest include the Serra Chapel, Padres Quarters, Industrial Area, Soldiers Barracks, Cemetery and The Great Stone Church.
The Ocean Institute is an ocean education organization located in the Dana Point Harbor. Founded as the Orange County Marine Institute in 1977, it offers ocean science and maritime history programs. Visitors can see marine animals and ocean-themed exhibits. Additionally, the R/V Sea Explorer, a 70-foot marine science research vessel, is moored at the Institute.
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace is a privately supported, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President and encouraging interest in history, government and public affairs. The nine acre Library & Birthplace is a three-dimensional walk-through memoir featuring a 52,000 square foot museum, 22 high-tech galleries, movie and interactive video theaters, the spectacular First Lady's Garden, the President's faithfully restored 1910's birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon.
Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum
The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum is an international surfing museum that salutes surfing around the world, its pioneers, its culture and its evolution. The museum includes more than 100 years of surfing history in displays, artifacts and information.
Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Art Museum focuses on the cultural heritage of California and on the unique history and accomplishments of Laguna Beach. The Museum's collection consists of more than 3,500 works from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Significant examples from all periods of California art are represented.
The Bowers Museum
The Bowers Museum is an internationally-celebrated institution of art and culture dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of fine arts from around the world. To achieve its mission to “enrich lives through the world’s finest arts and cultures,” the Bowers Museum offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art and music education programs, and other community events. The museum's guiding philosophy is to help people learn about other cultures through their arts, and offer a greater understanding of ourselves and appreciation of the world in which we live.
Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park
Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park offers approximately 4,000 acres of wilderness and natural open space land with hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. The Park is located at the south end of the Laguna Greenbelt. Its canyons harbor a pastoral feel unmatched in Orange County. Favored with petroglyphs etched by native people, Aliso & Wood Canyons are natural wonders.
Lantern Bay Park
Lantern Bay Park is noted for its spectacular view of Dana Point. The Smythe Brothers Amphitheater is located within the park. Picnic tables, basketball courts, physical fitness cluster, turf areas and a playground are also available.
Salt Creek Beach
Salt Creek Beach is a popular surfing beach and is located directly in front of the resort. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best-left swells along the entire shoreline. Guests can enjoy swimming, body boarding, or just relaxing in the sun.
Main Beach, the largest stretch of beach in Laguna, is located in the heart of Laguna Beach. The beach is known for its white lifeguard tower located in the middle of the beach. This beach is mostly sand bottom with shorebreak type surf, making it popular for swimming, body boarding and surfing. Surfing is not permitted during the summer months because the surf can be dangerous with strong rip currents and heavy shore break waves. The beach offers basketball , volleyball and a variety of sand activities. There is also a boardwalk runs the length of the beach.
Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach is an excellent location for barbecues and family gatherings. It offers beautiful grassy lawns, tables and grills, as well as volleyball courts and a pristine sandy beach. Doheny offers more than a mile of beach with some of the warmest water and best swimming and surfing in Southern California. A rocky area at the beach's western end is perfect for divers and anglers and during low tide, the tide pools are available for exploring.
San Onofre Beach
San Onofre Beach has several surf breaks on its more than three miles of coast, ranging from the beginner’s gentle breaking waves to one of the premiere surf breaks, Trestles.
Trestles surfing area is known for its consistent waves.
Surf Beach is divided into three breaks spots known as The Point, Old Man’s and Dogpatch (named from north to south). All perform best on a south swell, though the beach takes any surf and slows it down to a very slow pace.
Trails is the most southern of surf spots at San Onofre and includes both rock bottom and sandy breaks.
Aliso Beach offers an area for swimming, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. You can also enjoy fishing or exploring the tidepools. A concession stand offers rentals for fishing, food and beverages and other beach supplies. 31131 South Pacific Coast Highway.
1000 Steps Beach
1000 Steps Beach is located between 9th and 10th streets in South Laguna. The beach features sand volleyball courts and is a great location for body surfing.
Top of the World
Referenced as the "Top of the World," this scenic lookout point offers some of the best views in Laguna Beach.
Located in Laguna Niguel, Badlands Park offers a scenic hiking trail with panoramic views of Dana Point and Laguna Beach. This short 1.5 mile hike is perfect for an afternoon stroll or a sunset hike. It is also popular for dog walkers and romantics because of its short, leisurely distance.
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
The Nature Interpretive includes educational, management and operational space designed as a visitor center for the Conservation Area. Public walks are offered at 9 a.m. on the first, second and third Saturdays of every month.
San Clemente Pier
The San Clemente Pier is located past end of Del Mar Street along Avenida Victoria. San Clemente Pier is a great place to dine, walk, watch a sunset, have a drink, or view the stars. Day or night the pier is a great place to go for a walk either along the pier, or on the San Clemente Beach Trail where you can get spectacular views of the pier. Casa Romantica is great place to visit near the pier and has an amazing view of the pier from the hills above.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.
From the charm of Main Street, U.S.A to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight fantastic "lands" of nostalgia, color and delight. Let your imagination run free in a Magic Kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true.
Immerse yourself in a magical festival of shows, parades and attractions celebrating California's storied past and exciting future. From the gold rush and Hollywood's golden era to the timeless allure of the beach, discover the vast and diverse Golden State.
SeaWorld is San Diego’s No. 1 tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine parks in the world. Spread out over more than 189 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for its spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides and dining facilities.
San Diego Zoo
Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, this 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants.
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Located 35 miles north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, the Wild Animal Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens.
LEGOLAND is a 128-acre theme park located in Carlsbad. Created by the Danish LEGO Company, LEGOLAND California offers interactive attractions, family rides, shows, restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape features.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm has a lot to offer: Ghost Town. The one minute, 30 seconds of head-over-heels fun of Boomerang. For the kids, there’s always Camp Snoopy. Take a ride on the Calico Railroad. For water fun, there’s Bigfoot Rapids. And don’t forget–Boysenberry Pie and famous chicken dinner. Come Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Scary Farm. Where during the day Camp Spooky takes the stage, and ghouls and zombies rule the night.
South Coast Plaza
Renowned as a major global destination, South Coast Plaza is “Where the World Comes to Shop”. Home to more than 250 prominent boutiques and critically-acclaimed restaurants South Coast Plaza is adjacent to the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, from international luxury icons like Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, and Gucci to famous American brands like Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors and Tory Burch, along with its customized concierge services, makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience. 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Located in Newport Beach at Pacific Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive, Fashion Island features more than 200 stores and restaurants in a beautiful outdoor garden setting complete with fountains and Koi ponds. Anchor stores are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s Women’s Store, and Neiman Marcus along with specialty shops including Hugo Boss, Elie Tahari, and St. Croix. 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
Shops at Mission Viejo
The Shops at Mission Viejo are conveniently located in the heart of South Orange County. At The Shops you'll find Macy’s, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Apple, and more. 555 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo.
Originally established as an artist colony, the downtown area of Laguna Beach is wonderful to explore on foot. Fine art galleries, street-front cafes and unique shops specializing in California casual wear, jewelry, antiques, home furnishings and craft art line the street along Pacific Coast Highway and at the crossroads of Forest and Park Avenues. Be sure to visit the new “Pottery Place” one-mile south of town and “Gallery Row” located north of the Laguna Art Museum as well as downtown’s “Laguna Village” and “Peppertree Lane.”
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
The ultimate outlet shopping experience awaits at Carlsbad Premium Outlets with more than eighty stores including Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Nike, Vans, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Crate&Barrel, plus more. 5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Outlets at San Clemente
Outlets at San Clemente is Orange County’s first coastal outlet shopping experience where you can discover treasure after treasure amidst a village of Spanish Colonial-style storefronts that beckon you inside to find the perfect brand and the perfect fit. 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92672.
Monarch Beach Golf Links
- Among the few ocean courses in Southern California
- Designed by master architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
- Features an intriguing layout in the Scottish links tradition
- Provides sweeping views of the sea
- Par-70 championship course with an unending variety of play
Talega Golf Club
- Located eight miles southeast of The Ritz-Carlton in charming San Clemente
- Nestled just three miles from the Pacific Ocean
- Features distinctive white marble sand bunkers and exceptional guest service
- Selected "Best Daily Fee Golf Course" by OC Golf, LA Golf and SD Golf Magazines
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
- Located 25 miles north of The Ritz-Carlton
- Designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson
- Offers a lighted driving range and private caddie service
- Consistently voted one of the "Best Orange County Golf Courses" by the readers of the Orange County Register
- Ranked as a 4-Star "Place To Play” by Golf Digest Magazine
Tijeras Creek Golf Club
- Located 20 miles from The Ritz-Carlton in beautiful Rancho Santa Margarita
- Features gently rolling terrain surrounded by rugged hillsides
- Designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson
Oak Creek Golf Club
- Located 30 minutes north of The Ritz-Carlton
- Set against the majestic backdrop of the Saddleback Mountains
- Designed by master course architect Tom Fazio
- Features tapered fairways, well-manicured greens, beautiful lakes and bull-nose carved bunkers
- Provides a picturesque challenge for golfers of all skill levels
How The Ritz Carlton Half Laguna Niguel stands out
YOUR BEST SELF
My whole thing is finding a hotel that helps me become my best self. Comfort, luxury, and fun times are what I’m looking for.
Ritz Carlton is 5 star all the way and has just oodles of luxury. The rooms are comfortable besides and the service puts you at ease throughout the hotel.
The location atop an oceanfront bluff is simply beautiful. It’s easy to get yourself into your best mood in a place like this.
Treat yourself. And sky rocket your mood.
AVOID THE FEES
I researched the fees for the top hotels in the area. The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel packs a lot of fees and it's still a dream destination.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel assesses a $50 resort fee per room, per night. Amenities and services included in the resort fee are:
- Wireless, high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and common areas
- Unlimited local telephone calls in Southern California
- 24-hour computer access to the Private Business Centers
- Daily Yoga and Pilates classes on the lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- Individual guest use of The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s sauna and steam rooms
- Shuttle service to and from Salt Creek Beach on an individual guest request basis (not applicable to group transfers)
- Access to resort’s Beach Butler Service and use of beach recreation equipment including fins, towel service, umbrellas, and beach chairs
- Unlimited use of the Tennis Courts including rackets. Tournament and clinic fees are additional
- Preferred golf tee-times at Monarch Beach Golf Links, including shuttle service and golf bag storage on an individual guest request basis. (not applicable to group transfers)
- Participation in the resort’s daily scheduled Eco-Adventure Center Garden Tour
The parking fee is $55 per night, check for latest.
Together with the resort fee, it’s over $100 per night in fees. Ouch! It’s a choice to make and definitely go when you can. After all, with nightly rates regularly over $1,000 we’re still paying pennies on the dollar with our free nights.
Why it’s good with points
Most nights will cost 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. There are a few 50,000 point nights, but only very rarely more than two in a row.
For the most part you’ll get one night from the bonus with a Marriott Bonvoy card.
Cash rates at this amazing property are routinely $500 to $1,000 per night. Getting even just one night brings great value for one credit card. And you’ll probably have a bunch of points left over for another stay as well.
Besides the numbers, this property definitely has the vibe to get you away from the every day. The views and feel of the property will brighten your mood as you escape to tranquility.
As always, get a partner to also get the credit card bonus – double your points and double your nights.
Get a Marriott Bonvoy card with its bonus points to get started on your stay at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.
Sapphire points are worth 1 Marriott Bonvoy point. They give you a way to get even more Bonvoy points.
Once you get your sign up bonus with the Marriott Credit Card then get a Sapphire Preferred card.