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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 92629-4205, CA

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Overview

Southern California’s Pacific Coast stretch of beaches between Los Angeles and San Diego has long been a quiet retreat for families looking to enjoy a day of R&R. Dana Point, a coastal town incorporated in 1989, is just one such town tucked away from the hustle and bustle of big cities or theme parks. Its harbor hosts 2,500 boats, as well as 50 boutique shops and restaurants, while its coast provides multiple bike paths and recreational activities. The Ritz stands as a beacon in Dana Point, located on a 150-foot cliff that towers over Salt Creek Beach and the Pacific. It becomes a fortress for its guests, providing privacy and intimacy with activities for all ages, dining and beautiful accommodations that make the resort a destination in and of itself.

To learn more about Ritz-Carlton, please visit Ritz-Carlton.

Our Editor Loves

  • Gorgeous setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Kids programs that connect them to ocean life
  • Southern California surfing

Family Interests

  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Sailing
  • Theme Park
  • Water Sports

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children Programs
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD
  • Kids' Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator

Room Information

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Standard Rooms
Rooms and suites are plentiful at the resort, ranging in size from 400 to 1,550 square feet. Select from Ocean View, Coastline View, Garden/Pool View or Fireside Rooms. Limited-view guestrooms are available as well. Guestrooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access.

Suites
Suite stays include full use of the spa facilities, personal shopping and errand service, and preferred seating in Raya, the hotel's onsite restaurant. The Ritz-Carlton Club rooms provide a lounge with breakfast, snacks, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages throughout the day.

Reviews

Amazing Resort Experience!

by Palo143

Overall, the most amazing resort experience we have ever had.... from pre-arrival, to check in, to arriving in our and all that we experienced at the resort! Aileen in Guest Relations really outdid herself and we believe was key to setting our stay on an extreme high! The entire staff on the club level was amazing, as well as the pool, outdoor and indoor lounges and beach staff. My wife and I have worked for world class retailers and hospitality companies, so we know what amazing Guest Service looks like. Aileen and team set a new level of personalized service! The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel is our new "go to" vacation spot!

Not five stars for sure

by DinaA688

“What makes this hotel five stars” I was asking my husband at the beginning of trip ?
Property location : 5 stars
Room : max 4 stars ( standing shower in the bathtub with curtains , I thought it is obsolete for 5 stars)
Pool service : 2 stars ( need to look for staffs to get serviced)
Front desk : 1 star ( waiting so long , not enough stuffing ; not commentating at all for members )
Privacy : 1 star ;noisy , waken up early by the noise from next door/ hallway and outside ground

So you tell me what star this hotel should deserve ??

Family Activities

Children's Programs
As luxurious as can be, the Ritz is also very family friendly, with activities and programs geared for children of all ages. Children 5 and up can participate in the resort's Eco-Adventures, a series of programs led by naturalists to provide children learning experiences with the Southern California environment. Programs include Creative Kitchen cooking programs, Explore the Shore environmental programs and Night Krawlers nighttime programs.

Special programs are designed to entertain kids during seasonal vacation periods, such as treasure hunts for toddlers, poolside movies at night, a teddy bear tea and holiday storytelling. Beach butlers will provide sand toys, fins, body boards and noodles at the beach and pool, and kids may use Frisbees, footballs and soccer balls for free. There are also tennis courts with free equipment rentals, basketball courts and a Ping Pong table.

For teens, the resort's spa provides manicures and pedicures, as well as special up-do's.

Surfing
It's nearly impossible to visit Southern California and not surf! The resort can provide wetsuits, surfboards and other equipment for families to enjoy, as well as surf experiences and lessons. Stand Up Paddle Board lessons and equipment are also available.

Salt Creek Beach
Located adjacent to the cliff side resort is Salt Lake Beach, a public beach with the Ritz' beach butler service providing all items needed to enjoy the sand and sun. The resort's shuttle provides easier access to the beach.

Family Dining

Raya
Raya, with its awe-inspiring sea views, is the resort's casual restaurant offering Pan-Latin dining. Sunday brunch is offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., breakfast 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 9:30 p.m. on weekends.

180Blu
Popular for sunset revelers is 180Blu, an oceanfront-dining lounge with panoramic views. Live music entertains while small plates from Raya are served in the lounge that sits just atop the cliff. Open Tuesday through Saturday night, weather permitting, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

enoSteak
Mom and dad can enjoy a quiet dinner alone at enoSteak, an adults-only steakhouse serving locally grown and harvested produce and grass-fed beef. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Marketplace
The Marketplace is the resort's grab-and-go café, serving up pastries, breakfast items, coffees and desserts daily. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Dana Pool Café
The Dana Pool Café is a casual, poolside dining option serving salads, pizza, sandwiches, and finger foods.

In-Room Dining
Kids' menus are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In-room dining packages for families include "Night at the Movies" and "Totally for Kids," with snacks, popcorn and drinks, as well as DVD rentals for a night in together.

Planning & Tips

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Children Amenities
Babies are welcome at the Ritz, which will order and have strollers, car seats, high chairs and other necessities available upon your arrival. Local childcare providers recommended by the resort can provide babysitting onsite. Cribs are also available at no charge.

Fitness Center
The resort's fitness center overlooks the ocean, with state-of-the-art equipment for strength training, cardio, weight training, yoga and Pilates.

Pets
Pets are welcome at the Ritz, which offers a Posh Pooch package. Pets receive a hand-painted water dish, doggie bed, chew toy, dog waste bags and a doggie menu for in-room dining, including tenderloin, fried rice and grilled salmon. All meals are served with Fiji water! Spoiling doesn't come cheap, however. Pets are welcome at a $150 non-refundable pet cleaning fee, and a $50 boarding fee per night. No more than two pets are allowed per room, and pets are only welcomed in common areas on leashes.

Resort Fee
The resort charges a nightly resort fee per person to cover the cost of Internet, fitness classes, the Beach Butler, unlimited use of tennis courts, preferred tee times, shuttles to the beach, and use of the spa's sauna and steam rooms. Whether you use any of these services or not, the fee is automatically added to your bill.

The Art of Smart Timing
Southern California is known for its year-round, sunny weather, with moderate temperatures, making the Ritz a destination for any time of year. More children's programs are provided during holidays and summer months, and the resort never feels too crowded, even at peak times.

Getting There
Dana Point is accessible via John Wayne/Orange County Airport, which is 25 minutes away. Long Beach Airport (45 minutes), Los Angeles International (60 minutes) and San Diego (75 minutes) are also options.

Getting Around
The hotel will help arrange car rentals for pickup at the airport, or will provide limo service. Only valet parking is available at the hotel for a daily fee. The resort's shuttle provides easy access to the beach.

For Mom and Dad
The Monarch Beach Golf Links, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., neighbors the Ritz with sweeping views of the ocean. The Par-70 course is a must for golf enthusiasts.

The resort's spa is also a must with 12 treatment rooms available for massages, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, hair styling and more. Treatments can also be arranged on the beach.

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