Montage Laguna Beach Review

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30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651
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Editor’s Review of Montage Laguna Beach

The wide-open Pacific Ocean views and bluff-top setting of this fabulous oceanfront Southern California resort are its most obvious attributes. And for anyone longing for a pampered version of that particular brand of California dream involving bright sunny days, crisp nights, and the sound of roaring waves on the wind, Laguna Beach's refined urban setting strikes a nice balance with all the untamed appeal of the coast's wildness. For a quintessential American West Coast beach vacation -- the kind of family bonding time that lingers in the collective memory for decades -- you've come to the right town. And if consummate luxury and impeccable customer service are high on your list of demands for a family beach getaway, the Montage Laguna Beach is the ... more perfect resort.

For all the natural beauty of the resort's 30 coastal acres, it's the exceptional service at the Montage that really sets it apart from other all-encompassing Southern California resorts. It starts from the minute you and your family -- large or small, with or without Fido in tow -- arrive. Instead of milling around the reception area with kids antsy from the car ride and darting off in all directions, you're efficiently whisked off to your oceanfront room or suite to complete the check-in process there.

The hotel has a very gracious indoor/outdoor feel in the main lobby where doors open onto a large balcony that overlooks the beautifully landscaped gardens, pools, and ocean beyond. The lounge here is a popular place for both guests and locals to gather for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail and is at its most inviting when the golden light of sunset is streaming in.

The hotel manages to be completely sophisticated and transporting for adults (you'll spot quite a few honeymooners and couples celebrating special occasions here) while welcoming and catering to children and families in equal measure.

For families in search of a good balance of classic luxury resort amenities (great pools, a top-notch spa) on a large property that still manages to feel very much linked to the surrounding town, the Montage and the vibrant coastal community of Laguna Beach are a perfect match. Add to that the fact that you're oceanfront on a beautiful beach with top Southern California family attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND, to name a few -- all an easy day trip away and you've got all the ingredients for a classic, fabulous family vacation. less
Our Editor Loves
  • All rooms have ocean views
  • Children's pool next to oceanfront Mosaic pool
  • Paintbox half-day and full-day kids' program
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  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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The Montage Laguna Beach Resort is a sprawling property, with 248 rooms stretching across the cliff top, among them 60 suites and another 37 beach bungalow-style rooms. It can take awhile to make your way from your room over to the spa or down to the beach. But the pathways are all gently slopping and stroller friendly. For such a big resort, the property feels surprisingly intimate. Credit that to the warm feel of the rooms, decorated with paintings by California artists invoking the state's natural beauty and the muted color schemes (yellows and creams).

Standard Rooms
Every room has a balcony allowing you to step outside and let in the fresh ocean air, and the balconies also let in plenty of light, making the rooms seem larger. All of the guestrooms and suites have bathrooms with dual vanities and marble throughout. There's a stand-alone shower that's separate from the oversized soaking tub, into which you could easily pile a gaggle of children for their nightly scrub. Large 32-inch flat-screen TVs are also standard in all rooms as well as DVD players, so you don't have to call down to have one delivered when you're ready to park the kids in front of their favorite Disney movie. All rooms also have mini-bars, and it's a nice touch that you can request to have the contents removed before your arrival to keep the little ones from getting into the tasty tidbits inside (it also frees up space for any snacks and drinks you've brought along).

Be aware that while all guestrooms, suites, and bungalows have balconies or patios with ocean views, some of the views are more front and center than others (the "Ocean Horizon" rooms have predominantly resort views, with the sliver of ocean on the horizon a distant view). You can fit up to five people in the guestrooms (though the hotel does not encourage it), and the most comfortable are those with two queen beds and a rollaway bed brought it at your request. Connecting rooms are a better way to go if you're traveling with a large entourage.

One-Bedroom and Bungalow Suites
In addition to the standard guestrooms, there are one-bedroom suites with a separate living area and, even better for privacy and luxury, bungalow suites. The latter are closest to the ocean and offer direct views of Aliso Beach as well as fireplaces and a bedroom separated from the living space by French doors, so you can close off part of the family in its own little realm. (You can request up to four connecting bungalow suites -- a good option for a family reunion, wedding party, etc.)

Private Villas
The hotel's most decadent accommodations are its two private villas: Villa Du Couchant and Villa Du Soleil. Each has an ocean view, three private bedrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, fireplaces, outdoor grill and a washer and dryer. Plus, space for outdoor or indoor dining. Consider it your own private beach house (with twice-daily maid service like the hotel's other rooms, of course) fronting one of California's prettiest coastal stretches.


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