I recently had the chance to visit the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, they’re one of our preferred travel partners at Strong Travel, and within the Virtuoso network. Andrew had already planned a super dudes’ weekend to Colorado (complete with downhill mountain biking, baseball games, white water rafting, the works), so I decided to heat out to Laguna Niguel/Laguna Beach area with my friend Carla who lives in Santa Monica.  We’d stay at the Ritz-Carton Laguna Niguel for the weekend, and we’d check out Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters.

Getaway at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel | The Hungry Chronicles
Getaway at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel | The Hungry Chronicles

When we arrived, we made a bee line to Raya, their oceanview restaurant with all day dining featuring Pan-Latin coastal cuisine, and a spectacular view. I opted for their Grilled Ahi Tuna Torta made with a chile rub, guacamole, fantastic truffled greens, tomatoes, pickled onions, and lemon–it was heavenly and ate every single bit of it.  For dessert I had their coconut sorbet that I absolutely fell in love with, and vowed to eat it every day while there!  The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel has various other dining options, such as Enosteak, an intimate steakhouse featuring only the highest quality ingredients. All the steaks are prime, pasture-raised beef, and the organic produce is grown locally and harvested at the peak of the season.  enoSTEAK also highlights artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and unique, fine wines. The other dining option is 180Blu, an outdoor oceanfront lounge featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s set above Salt Creek Beach, and is a great place to enjoy refreshing hand-crafted beverages and small plates from Raya for happy hour. They also have the Marketplace which is a great place to get a quick bite to eat as well as refreshments and coffee.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel has a variety of resort amenities and activities that include a fabulous spa, an incredible ocean-front fitness center (complete with a full array of fitness machines and equipment), wellness classes every morning that include yoga and pilates at the Ocean Front Gazebo, two tennis courts, and two outdoor swimming pools and two outdoor whirlpools.  The big pool is usually taken over by families with children, so the smaller pool in the courtyard is typically where the “adults” hang out.

Currently, I can offer you several different package options and amenities when you book your next stay at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with me.  As my VIP guest, I can offer you the following:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The hotel also has several promotions going on at the moment, which you may want to take advantage of:

  • Enjoy a complimentary 3rd Night on all available room types at the ocean front Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel now through September 30th, 2017.
  • A Pageant of the Masters “The Grand Tour” package which includes:
    • Overnight accommodations
    • Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters stage performance
    • Admission for two to Festival of Arts, one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows
    • Welcome amenity and Pageant of the Masters program

    Extend your stay for an additional night and receive Virtuoso amenities combined with the Pageant Package Amenities:

    • Daily “Full American” Breakfast for two in Raya, The Market Place or through In-room Dining
    • One-time, $100 Resort Credit
    • Must stay 2 nights
  • Behind the Velvet Rope affords guests the opportunity to rub elbows with Festival of Arts’ artists along with the chance to see how the Pageant of the Masters comes together.
    • Behind the Scenes Tour of the Pageant of the Masters stage performance
    • Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters performance
    • Admission for two to Festival of Arts, one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows
    • Private docent tour of Festival of Arts
    • Welcome amenity and Pageant of the Masters program
    • The Ritz-Carlton Club Level ocean view accommodations (have access to food and snacks at the Club Level, including premium spirits and wine)


  • When booked at the Club Level, guests will enjoy these special inclusions in the Club Lounge:
    • Savory culinary offerings throughout the day including  breakfast, hors d’ oeuvres, and desserts
    • A Club Lounge Concierge that assists in your travel experience
    • Exclusive artwork on loan from Dawson Cole Fine Art featuring the works of Picasso
    • Complimentary garment pressing
    • A unique selection of California Wines and premium cocktails
    • Spectacular coastal views of the Pacific Ocean

Make sure to check out the video below to get a better idea of what the hotel looks like, including the room and the beautiful beach.  Towards the end you’ll get a peek at Festival of the Arts, which includes the Pageant of the Masters show (a can’t miss event!).  To get you set up at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, feel free to email me at [email protected], and we can start planning your next incredible vacation right away.

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