Revamped Orange County Resorts Gaining in Popularity, Prestige

A view from the remodeled Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. (Photo from L.A. Confidential Magazine)

The folks over at L.A. Confidential Magazine recently took note of the “new-look resorts” that have emerged in Orange County and touted them as a “weekend getaway” option for Southland residents.

According to the report, more residents of Los Angeles County are re-discovering their neighbors to the south and the luxury resorts that have recently taken hold. It’s particularly been noticeable among L.A.’s elite, who are attracted by their “emphasis on privacy for the paparrazi-frazzled.”

One such Orange County resort is the Ritz-CarltonLaguna Niguel. It recently underwent a $70 million remodeling that added an array of features and upgrades. You will now find things like a contemporary interior, new “eco-friendly” beach activities, and perhaps most interestingly, a celebration of the area’s indigenous surf culture.

Additionally, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel  now has an “open, airy, and contemporary boutique-hotel look” that puts it much more in line with modern tastes.

This makeover should just add to the enjoyment of a stay at the hotel. The Laguna Niguel Ritz-Carlton had already earned a AAA Five-Diamond rating for 28 straight years, which L.A. Confidential reports is the longest such streak of any hotel in California.

A few other Orange County resorts were cited in the report. These include St. Regis Monarch Beach, Montague Laguna Beach, and The Resort at Pelican Hill.

The St. Regis Monarch Bay is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point and is also AAA Five-Diamond rated. Montague Laguna Beach sits on an oceanfront bluff on South Coast Highway. It has 248 luxury rooms on 30 acres of landscaped, beach-front property. The Resort at Pelican Hill is a rather recent addition to the Orange County resort scene, as it’s been open for just five years. It overlooks the ocean in Newport Beach and also boasts a championship golf course with ocean views.