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Greetings from The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Greetings from The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The quintessential lifestyle blogger, Laura Tremaine, discusses everything from fashion and interior design to travel and chronicling family life with “Gorilla”, “Pigtail” & “Pirate”… Twitter: @hollywoodhwife

Last week my husband was scheduled to speak at a small conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.  Because it looked so pretty, and was so close to LA, we decided at the last-minute to bring our kids along and make a family getaway out of it.  The drive took us a little over an hour, and the second we drove up I knew it was going to be a nice few days.  The hotel is gorgeous, low-key and lush, it almost feels like a private home when you first drive up.  We were greeted with a plastic pail and shovel for the kids to bring to the beach, and not long after we arrived in our adjoining rooms, they delivered a snack of cookies and milk for our children, and a bottle of wine for us.  By this time I was, clearly, swooning.

This was the first time that we had stayed in a hotel as a full family.  My daughter is two, and my son is six months, and selecting two rooms that adjoined turned out to be the perfect scenario for us.  The gorgeous marble bathroom was large enough to accommodate a pack-n-play for the baby, and my daughter slept in the big bed.  Our rooms had small balconies overlooking the pool, and small empty fridges where I could keep bottles and apple juice.

On our first full day, after my husband had given his conference talk, we decided to walk down to the beach.  During the warmer seasons they have a small shuttle that will take you, and towels and drinks available at a kiosk, but the walk really isn’t very far, even with the kids.  We played in the sand and let the water tickle our toes.  The beach is one of those things we take for granted in Southern California.  It’s right in our backyard, and we just never go.

It was still a little chilly, so we didn’t last long right by the water.  After awhile, we decided to hit the heated pool instead, and I consumed one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever tasted.  A bleu cheese bacon burger, a little sun on my legs, I was in heaven.  In the late afternoon, while the rest of the family napped, I slipped away to the spa for a much-needed massage.  There were all of the spa amenities: steam room, sauna, a quiet lounge with little snacks and good magazines.  My masseur was experienced and gave me lots of options that I don’t always see at the spa, like the warmth of the table or volume of the music.  Nearly two hours later, I left relaxed and slightly sleepy.

The one thing I didn’t get to experience while staying at the RCLN was dinner at the nice restaurant downstairs, Raya.  The hotel does provide contact with an outside babysitting service, but I just didn’t get it set up in time.  We enjoyed room service, but I believe dinner with that gorgeous view would have been divine.

On our way home, we stopped at the Long Beach aquarium and ate a little lunch.  As we pulled back into Los Angeles, my husband and I couldn’t believe we had only been gone 48 hours.  It felt like we had taken a full-on vacation.  We vowed to go back, and to make more little getaways like this in our future.

– Laura


DISCLAIMER: We booked our stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel months ago, but they did provide our second room and my spa treatment complimentary.  My opinions here are all my own.
Laura (2 Posts)

Originally from Oklahoma, Laura Tremaine is the Hollywood Housewife covering everything from fashion, DIY, books, travel, and interior design to chronicling her life with film director husband, “Gorilla”, and children “Pigtail” & “Pirate”.. Twitter: @hollywoodhwife


  1. Laura, your weekend sounds amazing! What a lovely family getaway! You had me at blue cheese bacon burger and spa!! That’s my dream combo! We are back in CA in September and are making our way to Southern CA. I’m definitely adding the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel to our list!

  2. i was there a few weeks ago and OMG it’s pure heaven. PURE. HEAVEN. XO

  3. The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel is seriously one of my favorite hotels. I live nearby and this is the spot my husband and I like to run away to for a drink out. I love their bar! And their bar food – to die for.
    We’ve never stayed overnight at the LN location (Marina Del Rey, yes) but I could cozy up on one of the couches in the lobby, sit by the fire, drink wine, eat apps, and people watch all night.
    The grounds are gorgeous. They have a beautiful garden area I’ve taken my daughter to during daytime hours just to explore.
    I love this place. Looks like you did too!

    • Yes! During the time my husband was in his conference, the kids and I got a snack and just people watched. It’s a surprisingly good spot for it.

  4. I cannot wait to bring my family! Everything about it is exactly what my husband and look for in a resort. And to think we don’t even need to fly to this paradise…even better!!!

  5. I grew up on those beaches below the hotel and I never thought I’d find myself saying I’m glad the hotel is there in that prime real estate spot. Now that I’m grown up I can appreciate all that it has to offer for the entire family. My husband and I were married on a RC property and have celebrated many an Anniversary dinner at the Laguna location.

  6. The best part of all this is the bleu cheese hamburger. No. It’s the wine delivery. No, IT’S THE FREAKING AMAZING LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS.
    No. It’s…
    Yes, it’s the last thing I said, and everything above it.
    Glad it was such a great time!

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