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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

The 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, 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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With golden sand, prime surfing, excellent dining, and top golf courses, the good life is on full display at Orange County’s luxury resorts.
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Whether it is manicured beach towns or celebrated theme parks, all framed by oceanfront towns and luxury yachts, 'The OC' stands out as one of the state’s most iconic destinations. The always amazing Disneyland Resort, about one hours’ drive south of Los Angeles and two hours’ north of San Diego, continues to be one of the best loved theme parks in the world, while Knott’s Berry Farms and other OC attractions amp up the fun metre. 

“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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The Resort at Pelican Hill

Indulge in Mediterranean elegance, world-class golf courses and five-star service at this Newport Beach resort

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Amazing attractions, shopping and dining in the one-of-a-kind Orange County town

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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...

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...

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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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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Stroll a perfect beach with an intriguing past

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Golf in Orange County

Tee up at top courses, with some ocean views

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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.