Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Welcome to another “Rich Life Travels” post!

I’m continuing my recap of the trip my husband and I took several weeks ago to celebrate his 50th birthday. Our first stop was Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. After two nights, we packed up my husband’s pick-up and headed south to Orange County. We had three nights booked at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point!


Upon pulling up to the circular driveway, we were led to the reception area. The kind and helpful staff quickly checked us in and even upgraded us to an ocean view room in celebration of Bill’s birthday!

This is the entrance to the main part of the hotel – full of light and so airy.


The flowers throughout the resort were gorgeous. Made into bouquets, these lovely floral arrangements almost looked unreal, they were so close to perfect.


Passing open windows on the way to our hotel room made me feel as though we were visiting Hawaii, not Orange County!


The hotel is elegant and luxurious. I can see why there are lots of weddings held here!


Waiting for us in our room was this special surprise – a handwritten note, a lovely chocolate dessert and a bottle of wine.


This is the view from our room, looking southward down the coast.


Also from our balcony patio we watched little bunny rabbits come out to eat grass and play every afternoon. We even saw them wrestle with each other from time to time!


We spent a good deal of time on our balcony. We watched the bunnies play, boats pass by, and people stroll down the path below.


We didn’t leave the resort much except to go on long walks. We ate all our meals – save one in Laguna Beach – on property. There is an outdoor restaurant called 180 BLU close to our room. It serves great food and drinks and it overlooks the Pacific. Plus they have mini lobster tacos on the menu that come with tiny clothes pins. Isn’t that darling?


Friday is all about sushi at this hotel. They only serve it once a week. We sat at the main bar and ordered some – okay A LOT – of sushi for dinner. The birthday boy and I were hungry from a long day of resort-ing. It was some of the best sushi we’ve ever enjoyed.


We spent some time poolside at the Ritz. To be honest, we were both underwhelmed by the pool area. It was crowded and not very remarkable. We liked walking on the beach or hanging out on our patio better.


I think we saw just about every outside inch of the property. We did lots of strolling!


There were so many wonderful photo opportunities of this majestic hotel, perched high on a cliff above the ocean.




Watching the sunset was always a priority during our visit.




Every morning we would make coffee, then sit on our patio, waiting for the light layer of fog to burn off. It was so peaceful and relaxing.



The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is located in a residential area. There is another hotel nearby but mostly it’s made up of private homes. There isn’t much to do outside of the resort except go to the beach and take walks unless you want to drive or take a cab or Uber.

We actually liked staying put on the hotel’s property. We felt no pressure to sightsee since both of us are familiar with the area.


We had a wonderfully relaxing time at Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. It was the perfect place to stay for a low-key and relaxing celebratory visit.


Have you stayed at this hotel?

Visited Orange County?

In my next Rich Life Travel Friday, Bill and I continue south to our next birthday destination!

Make it a rich day!





  1. Debra Devincenzi
    August 7, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    One of my favorite hotels and places on earth! How great!

  2. August 8, 2015 / 7:50 am

    what a beautiful spot and everytime I read your posts I keep kicking myself, I need to spend more time editing my travel pictures and posting them. ( love the white pedi)

  3. August 8, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    It really is a beautiful resort, I stayed there a few years ago and the service and food was so good. They host an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony each year and it’s a must see event. They do such a good job!


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

  4. MsBintheBayArea.com
    August 8, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    What a fun birthday trip for your husband! The Ritz Laguna Niguel looks gorgeous and your pics are beautiful! We will be in southern California celebrating our anniversary over Labor Day weekend. We will be staying at the Fairmont in Del Mar and the Montage in Laguna Beach…….one of our favorites!
    I can’t wait!!

  5. August 8, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Gorgeous property, outstanding staff! The ladies and gentlemen at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel truly embody the Ritz Carlton credo. It is always a pleasure staying at this resort and sitters from Sitters In A Second, Inc. thoroughly enjoy working with guests of the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

  6. amie
    August 9, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Loved your post. We love that hotel. My sister was married there on their grounds several years ago, and she and her husband go back there every year to celebrate their wedding anniversary. It looks like you both had a nice time and he, a Happy Birthday.

  7. Kathy
    August 9, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    It’s a gorgeous hotel and I have stayed for one night. I need more to do though, so I prefer staying at a hotel on Laguna Beach.

  8. August 9, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Great write-up! I grew up in OC and this brought back good memories of when my husband and I stayed at this property for a few nights around Christmas a couple of years ago. I loved sitting on my balcony watching the surfers, watching the people down on the beach and of course taking in the beautiful sunsets. Looking forward to seeing the next installment of the bday trip!

  9. Linda Salazar
    August 10, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Adrienne, I’ve never been there but it’s a beautiful hotel! Looks like a very relaxing stay…thanks for sharing!


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