Luxury travel is exactly what it sounds like. Lavish amenities, superior service, fine dining and uninhibited relaxation. There are a great many luxury hotels and resorts around the world and very few live up to the standards that we have all come to expect. So, it is quite a rarity that a property rises above the rest; the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel does exactly that.
Nestled into Southern California’s bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, sits the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Recently renovated, the property is beautiful and serene; an ideal place for a beach vacation. In fact, the beach was the inspiration behind the new décor adorning the resort, a departure from the classic sophistication most of the Ritz-Carlton properties are commonly known for. Rich blues and grays lend the resort a peaceful air that is compounded by enormous windows looking out over the Pacific. The windows work as living art, the dark blue expanse of the ocean stretches endlessly into the distance. An expansive property, it is easy to find pockets of quiet to retreat to, whether it be inside, by the pool, or on the grassy bluffs just outside.
Restaurant 162’ is one of best places to enjoy the thoroughly stunning vistas offered at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Tables have been thoughtfully placed so that guests can enjoy the ever-changing views outside, and diners are happy to oblige. Pelicans fly gracefully over the water and in the early morning, surfers dot the waves. This of course is to say nothing of the food. It is quite simply excellent. In fact, the restaurant is truly a destination in itself, for both locals and hotel guests alike. A la Carte Sunday Brunch consists of a variety of options, all substantial in size. An amuse bouche of fruit cocktail begins the meal and three courses follow. I personally sampled the Sushi Trio, New York Steak Salad, Lobster-Crab Benedict and my personal favorite, the Beef Carpaccio, Frisee Arugula Salad, Haricot Verts, Brioche Crouton, Caper Berries, Quail Egg, with a Pancetta Truffle Vinaigrette. For dessert, the Ice Cream Sandwich - Chocolate Chip Cookies, Triple Espresso, Vanilla Ice Cream and Warm Chocolate Sauce – was a grand final note to the meal.