With works by noted California artists in the lobby and guest rooms and a classic wood-and-stone Craftsman design, the ultra-luxurious oceanfront Montage Laguna Beach celebrates the Orange County town’s long tradition as an arts colony.
Pacific breezes wash through a sun-splashed lobby, where a balcony takes in views of bluff-top gardens, secluded coves, and Santa Catalina Island in the distance. That’s the same view you’ll enjoy from airy rooms—as pretty and inviting as a summer beach house.
Then again, even the most lavish beach house doesn’t have a spa offering caviar facials to Spa Montage, a 20,000-square-foot retreat featuring dry redwood saunas, fireplace lounges, and an ocean-view lap pool, in addition to its personalized skin and body treatments. While parents indulge, kids can hang at the supervised Paintbox kids club—which offers crafts, games, tidepooling, and swimming—for a few hours or a full day.
The resort’s wellness offerings fit the setting as well, from Beach Boot Camp and Pilates to SurfSET, a class that utilizes real surfing techniques to build balance and strength (classes are complimentary to guests). Popular local studio Ritual Yoga also offers a variety of practices for an added fee. Get the whole family out on a hike along the resort’s trails or a try a paddleboarding or kayaking excursion. You can also make use of the resort photographer and take home a holiday-card-ready pics of you and your crew.
Things stay luxurious with California-inspired contemporary French cuisine and modern Craftsman-style beach cottage design at Studio, the Montage’s signature restaurant. The more casual Loft Bar offers panoramic Pacific views with all-day dining menus that include everything from cold-pressed detox juice to a cheese bar with more than 50(!) selections. If you prefer to stay poolside, order seafood tacos, sizeable salads, or a Frosé All Day cocktail from Mosaic Bar and Grille.
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