Luxury Spa Review: A day at the spa is often a luxury we overlook or consider ourselves too busy for. However, the spa at the The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel it is a rare delight you cannot pass up. As you turn into the driveway of One Ritz-Carlton Drive, you feel as if you have left reality and entered into a glamorous and serene oasis. The hotel is situated on a 150- foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, giving the oversize bay windows lining the hallways of the lobby a 180-degree view. Every window presents delightful views of deep blue water framed by rugged cliffs and sandy beach.
Having lived in France for a few years and traveled all through the southern regions, I must say that the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was reminiscent of Monte Carlo; the Pacific Ocean waters outside closely resembled the colors of the French Riviera. Lining the outside of the lobby and the left wing of the hotel are the gardens where you can grab a book and enjoy the peaceful ocean on a wicker chair or take a romantic stroll at sunset.
As soon as we arrived, we were warmly greeted and taken through the lobby, straight to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Spa. With 12 private treatment rooms and an Oceanfront Fitness Center, complete with those same panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, you find yourself easily slipping into a Zen-like state of mind. Dimly lit crystal chandeliers combined with the sound of running water from multiple fountains in the women's lounge all work together to create a peaceful retreat that melts away weeks demanding schedule.
After unwinding with a glass of cucumber/lemon infused water, I was escorted into a private treatment room. The hour-long custom Ritz-Carlton signature massage that I received, focused on specific "problem areas." My therapist was very responsive and worked with deep strokes and various movements that left me in a soothed and rejuvenated state. The massage was also paired with a Wild Lime Scalp Treatment as well as a Foot Balm Treatment that left me completely relaxed -- and light years from the state of mind I had been in upon arrival.
After leaving the spa, we enjoyed a 3-course brunch at Restaurant 162, which, of course also had a perfect ocean view on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed champagne and pastries as we glanced over the menu and I finally decided on a salmon crepe appetizer followed by a lobster eggs Florentine, finishing with an array of assorted cookies and ice creams. Chef Garcia, famous for his fresh ingredients and exceptional seafood dishes did not disappoint; the flavor and presentation was flawless.
For the past two decades the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has continually been ranked among the best resorts in the world. It is not only one of the most luxurious properties, but it is also in one of the most breathtaking destinations in the country. Their personalized service, award-winning dining and remarkable attention to detail made this a true luxury experience.