The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Plump for a fine vintage from the glass-enclosed wine cellar, while tucking into a prime piece of steak at this sophisticated spot. Along with the fine dining, the views at this hotel are a feast for the senses, with the property perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Winding paths lead to Salt Creek Beach, which attracts surfers from around the world. Work up an appetite for a spot of pampering after hitting the waves, with a stint in the state-of-the-art spa. The plush rooms also invite guests to unwind, with many featuring spacious living rooms, ocean-facing balconies, marble-clad bathrooms and fireplaces.