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!