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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Orange County for Families

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Orange County is no stranger to luxury, especially luxurious resorts. From deluxe spas to kids” programming, these Orange County luxury hotels offer a little something for everyone in the family.

Written by Morgan Agesen


The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

With a name like Ritz-Carlton behind it, families can count on complete luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Located 150 feet above the beautiful California coastline, this hotel includes amenities such as The Ritz-Carlton Spa; two tennis courts; two outdoor swimming pools and whirlpools; onsite family dining at Raya, enoSTEAK, 180blu, The Market Place, and The Dana Pool Café; and a children"s playground. Rooms feature ocean views from private patios or balconies, DVD players, Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. This hotel is pet-friendly, as well (for a fee). A plethora of amenities are available for children as young as infants, including high chairs, cribs, beach toys and kids" menus.

Disneyland Hotel

Yes, it"s a Disneyland Resort Hotel, but it"s also a true Orange County luxury hotel. Amenities at the Disneyland Hotel include free Wi-Fi, three pools, and a surplus of onsite family dining at Steakhouse 55, Tangaroa Terrace, and Goofy"s Kitchen (not to mention a location by all the rides). Pools include the E-Ticket Pool (which pays homage to the park"s early days with decorative signs mimicking the original park admission tickets), the Monorail Pool (home to two squiggly waterslides), and the D-Ticket Pool (perfect for swimming laps). Families can also take advantage of Club-Level rooms, which feature wine and cheese receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. and priority check-in and check-out. Themed Suites include Adventureland, Ambassador, Fairytale, and the Mickey Mouse Penthouse, all perfect choices to wow your kids.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Deluxe amenities at Disney"s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa include electric car charging stations, the Mandara Spa, three swimming pools (one with a waterslide), and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms feature DVD players, bathrobes, coffeemakers, balconies or patios and evening turndown services. An abundance of onsite family dining is available, as well, at Storytellers Café, Hearthstone Lounge, and White Water Snacks. Kids ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to participate in a night of activities and games at Pinocchio"s Workshop neighboring the lobby (for a fee).

St. Regis, Monarch Beach

Located on its own private beach near Catalina Island and Dana Point Harbor is the St. Regis, Monarch Beach. Amenities include three outdoor, year-round pools (one is adults-only); seven onsite family dining options, including the Stonehill Tavern and the Pool Bar & Grill; Spa Gaucin; and Monarch Beach Golf Links. Rooms feature balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi, soaking bathtubs and large rainfall showers, while suites provide more space and can sleep up to six guests. Activities include surfing lessons, stand-up paddleboarding, and boogie boarding.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

This beachfront hotel in the heart of Huntington Beach provides families with an ever-so-luxurious, yet family-friendly stay along the Surf City shoreline. Amenities at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa include the Pacific Waters Spa, plenty of onsite family dining, bike rentals, a fitness center, outdoor pool and Camp Hyatt, a fun-filled activity program designed exclusively for kids ages 3 to 12. Rooms feature private balconies or patios and free Wi-Fi, while suites feature separate living and dining areas, two full bathrooms, jetted tubs and sleeper sofas. Onsite activities include surfing lessons, Camp Hyatt, and Slyders Water Playground, and nearby activities include Disneyland, Knott"s Berry Farm, and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

A stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill is unlike any other you"ve ever experienced with the kids. Located on a whopping 504 acres of pristine waterfront beauty, this hotel includes amenities such as an outdoor Coliseum-inspired pool, a kids-only pool, the Spa at Pelican Hill, six onsite family restaurants and a fitness center. Bungalows feature golf course and ocean-view terraces, bathrobes, coffeemakers, Wi-Fi and granite wet bars with refrigerators, while villas feature one, two, or three bedrooms, perfect for large families. Activities include golf at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Camp Pelican for those ages 4 to 12, Latitude for young adults ages 13 to 17, and bike tours.

The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

Offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a ton of family-friendly amenities and activities is The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, located in the heart of the always-sunny Huntington Beach. Amenities include a heated pool, a fitness center, a tennis court, valet parking and bike rentals. Rooms feature private balconies, DVD players, Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and mini-fridges. This hotel is pet-friendly, as well, and even offers dog-walking services. Onsite family dining is available at Shades Restaurant & Bar. Nearby attractions include Knott"s Berry Farm, Disneyland, and the Santa Ana Zoo.

Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel

Dust off the sand from in between your toes and prepare to kick back and relax in the ultimate luxury at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel. Amenities include free Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members (membership is complimentary), a 24-hour fitness center, morning coffee and tea service, hosted evening wine hours in the lobby living room, and all the beach amenities you could ever possibly need (included in the resort fee -- $25 per day). In addition to these awesome amenities, this hotel is pet-friendly, as well, so you won"t have to leave the pooch behind again! Rooms feature soaking tubs, bathrobes, and yoga mats, while suites have separate living areas with sleeper sofas and balconies. Onsite dining is available at Zimzala.

Montage Laguna Beach

Located in the heart and soul of Laguna Beach is the Montage, boasting 248 guestrooms and 60 suites. Amenities include Spa Montage; onsite family dining at Studio, The Loft, or Mosaic Bar & Grille; and two pools. Rooms feature soaking tubs, bathrobes, private patios or balconies, and suites feature separate living areas, queen-size sleeper sofas and plenty of closet space. Children ages 5 to 12 can spend a day participating in Paintbox (for a fee), which includes activities such as arts and crafts and pool games. Paintbox Petite is available for those ages 2 to 5, as well. M-teens offers kids ages 11 to 16 the chance to boogie board, play some bocce ball or Frisbee, or just chill on the beach. Other activities include golf, kayaking, sport fishing, and sailing. Disneyland and SeaWorld are located nearby.

Surf & Sand Resort

This Laguna Beach resort is the ideal crash-pad for families looking to travel in style. Amenities at the Surf & Sand Resort include a beachfront pool, the Aquaterra Spa, and onsite family dining at Splashes Restaurant, 15FiftyFive: BAR & LOUNGE, and Pacific Perk. Rooms feature plush beds with down comforters, bathrobes, bathtubs, iPod-ready stereos, sofa beds and balconies, while suites feature coffeemakers, mini-bars and fireplaces (some). This hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Nearby activities include surfing and body boarding, stand-up paddleboarding lessons, and a wide variety of boutiques and galleries to browse.

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