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4 INCREDIBLE RESORTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

4 INCREDIBLE RESORTS IN ORANGE COUNTY
Enjoy unparalleled views, world-class golf, fine dining, and much more at these high-end destinations

With long stretches of golden sand, prime surfing spots, excellent dining, and top golf courses, the good life doesn’t get much better than along the Orange County coast. That’s especially true at its luxury resorts, where you can get pampered at lavish spas and marvel at colourful sunsets over the ocean.

Montage Laguna Beach

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own beach house, it might look something like the art-filled, Craftsman-style Montage Laguna Beach. Elegant yet relaxed, the oceanfront resort is home to the Spa Montage Laguna Beach, where locally inspired treatments include the California Wildflower Massage and the Seaside Renewal body treatment. Afterward, indulge in a dry redwood sauna or soak in the spa’s waterfall whirlpool.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Beach's Resort at Pelican Hill blends the romance of a Mediterranean villa with the best of the California coast. This is heaven on earth for golfers, with two courses created by master designer Tom Fazio, including the Ocean North Course, where all 18 holes have ocean views. Let the experts at the resort’s Golf Academy help you work the kinks out of your game. But leave time to relax along the resort’s Coliseum Pool, which is spectacularly decorated with more than a million hand-laid glass mosaic tiles.

Monarch Beach Resort

Live life in the moment at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, where you can rejuvenate at the California branch of the world-famous Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Meditation sessions help promote increased mindfulness, while fitness classes, including aerial yoga, will challenge both body and mind. Hike along the ocean cliffs, and to find a different kind of balance, take a surfing class or stand-up paddleboard lesson.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel 

Commanding an oceanfront bluff overlooking a graceful stretch of coastline, The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel lets you immerse yourself in California’s beach lifestyle. Take in sweeping Pacific views as you work out in the fitness centre. Spend the day surfing or stretch out with a Pilates class in the shade of an oceanfront gazebo. And be sure to catch spectacular sunsets that light up the waves while you savour cocktails and small plates alongside a firepit on the balcony at 180blũ, a beach-casual restaurant.

 

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From board shorts to mouse ears to designer clothes, what you wear in this sun-splashed corner of the state says everything about how you like to play. Whether it’s surf-perfect beaches or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns dotted with luxury yachts, “The O.C.” stands out as one of California’s—make that the country’s—most iconic destinations.

“Surfing is like golf. . . it keeps knocking you down. But when you stay with it and catch that wave. . . magic.”  --actor Dennis Quaid

Shop at spectacular South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, or get the surfer look in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City, USA. 

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Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded in 1776, was the first winery in California.
The magic of Disneyland, walking through the tunnel underneath the train station to Main Street, it just transports you to other places and other times.
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Trip 4-5 days 10 stops

Pacific Coast Highway - South

Beach Towns, Iconic Theme Parks
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Start your coastal cruise in this elegant city hugging the coastal mountains, where classic Spanish architecture gives the region a sun washed European look straight out of the Riviera. Santa Barbara, nicknamed 'the American Riviera,' has a burnished antique look like much of the Mediterranean,...

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End your trip with at this sunny, waterfront city. Downtown, shop at Horton Plaza, or catch a baseball game at Petco Park. See the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo. Next, explore one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, Little Italy, North Park, South Park, East Village, pedestrian friendly...

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Orange County is the cultural center of the surf world and Huntington Beach is like the heartbeat.
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O.C. Shopping

Discover boutique brands and bargains

Shopping in The O.C. is almost as legendary as surfing. Start at expansive South Coast Plaza, California’s largest luxury shopping complex, with...

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Where to release your inner fashionista

Shopping is an art form in California. Whether you are in search of the perfect cocktail dress or an authentic Mexican piñata, you will find it here. Want to sample fresh fruits and...

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With a nickname like ‘Surf City, USA’, Huntington Beach is the obvious place for this 9-day, sun-and-wave extravaganza, the world’s largest surf event. Top pros including Kelly Slater and Rob...

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Orange County's Luxury Resorts

Live like a star at posh getaways

The good life might have been invented in ‘The O.C.’—especially when it comes to resort destinations. With spas, elegant dining, five-star...

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Get into the coastal vibe

Maybe it’s the sun-streaked hair, the frequent smiles, the eyes always gazing west, looking to the horizon to see when the next set might roll in. It’s the unmistakable look and vibe of a...

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Trip 5-7 days 10 stops

Highway One Classic

Take the trip that captures the heart and soul of the Golden State
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Discover the awesome sports scene in the Golden State

With nearly twice as many professional teams as any other state, California is big league all the way. But the state’s sports scene goes far beyond football and baseball, with a diverse line-up of...

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Crystal Cove State Park

Stroll a perfect beach with an intriguing past

In 1912, an early Laguna Beach artist described finding a rugged coastline “with cove after cove and headland after headland, golden cliffs and...

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From Gold Rush history to 8th wonders of the world, visit these favorites

If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

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Golf in Orange County

Tee up at top courses, with some ocean views

With ideal Southern California weather and some of the country’s most celebrated courses, Orange County justly earns the nickname ‘California Golf...

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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

Kiss a beluga, see cool movie props, and learn about Walt’s secret hideaway on exclusive and behind the scenes tours at California’s theme parks and attractions. Here’s a roundup of actvities...

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Orange County Great Park

Explore an impressive urban park

Turning former military land into a roughly 1,300-acre green space, this Irvine park is as ambitious as it is beautiful. Though it...

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Every year, the Orange County Great Park Balloon dons a smiling jack-o-lantern mask, marking the unofficial start of fall in Orange County.
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Irvine

This centrally located Orange County city is the perfect home base for shopping, dining, and kid-friendly exploring

Irvine’s central location—45 miles from Los Angeles, 85 from San Diego, and 15 minutes from ...