The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Laguna Beach, California

Relax post-spa with stunning views of the Pacific
Relax post-spa with stunning views of the Pacific | © Richard Broadwell / Alamy Stock Photo
Sadie Whitelocks

Reward yourself with twinkling coastal views, magazine-worthy interiors and amenities galore. Choose where you want to base yourself in this characterful art-infused suburb, with dramatic bluffs tempting ocean lovers and verdant canyons catering to outdoor types. Whatever your wishes, Culture Trip has you covered with the most coveted hotels in Laguna Beach, California.

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Hotel

A grand white bedroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, with a terrace overlooking a beach and the ocean
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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.

2. The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

A bedroom at The Ranch at Laguna Beach with a sttriped carpet, chandelier and artwork above a double bed
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Yearning to get away from it all and give yourself a little lush? This secluded property nestled in a verdant canyon with the ocean beyond serves laid-back luxury across 87 acres (35ha), including a spa and a golf course. Sprawl out in one of the spacious suites or upgrade your stay by booking the two-bedroom Treehouse, which has delicious views, a private terrace, and a kitchen and dining room for entertaining. Change your scenery with a trip to the Harvest restaurant, where you’ll find a great atmosphere thanks to a vaulted wood ceiling, roaring fire and exposed stone feature wall.

3. Montage Laguna Beach

Resort, Luxury

A white and gray room at Montage Laguna Beach, with a terrace
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Listen to the soothing tones of the grand piano in the luxurious lobby lounge, before curling up by your in-room fireplace, at this high-end coastal property. This hotel lends itself to relaxation, with an elegant 20,000sqft (1,858sqm) spa at the center of things. Soothe your body with a stint in the eucalyptus steam room or dry redwood sauna, and take a dip in the open-air whirlpool with stunning views of the Pacific. After working up an appetite, gorge on delicious dishes at Loft, with ingredients cooked on a 6ft wood-burning rotisserie.

4. Monarch Beach Resort

Resort

A room at Monarch Beach Resort, with a corner sofa and a terrace
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Tootle down to your own private beach club at this upmarket Tuscan-inspired resort. A stay here will also bag you access to an award-winning championship golf course, a state-of-the-art spa and several celebrated restaurants. For an ultra-luxurious experience, check into one of the large penthouse suites, located on the top floor. Here you’ll find a master bedroom, all-marble bathroom, walk-in closet and a spacious terrace with a fire pit.

5. Surf And Sand Resort

Resort

A room at Surf And Sand Resort with a table and chairs, a corner armchair and a terrace with an ocean view
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Park yourself on Laguna Beach at this palatial property, which offers direct access to the golden sands. Everything at this resort is centered around the ocean, with terraces and sundecks in abundance. Rooms have an air of modern elegance, with neutral colors and soft shades of duck egg blue. This classy feel runs throughout, from the beachfront restaurants to the spa, and you can’t help but feel a little regal in one of the smart poolside cabanas.

6. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Resort, Chain Hotel

A spacious twin room at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa, with a TV
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The 378 guest rooms at this hotel were updated in a $25m renovation, and the investment has paid off, with beach-chic interiors complemented by updated technologies for the 21st-century traveler. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the unbeatable view of the historical city of Dana Point and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Pore over the panorama from your poolside lounger or your private balcony. The restaurant bar also serves up some appetizing vistas.

7. Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa

Spa Hotel

A double bed behind two leather chairs at Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa
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Have a siesta and fiesta at this characterful Spanish and Moroccan-inspired boutique hotel, which dates to the early 1900s. Colorful ceramics, patterned fabrics, terracotta tiles and whitewashed walls create a warm and inviting environment. This theme continues through to the rooms, suites and 600sqft bungalow, the latter of which is located in a secluded section of the property with a private entrance. You’ll find it tricky to tear yourself away from this jewel box of a base, which has a large private balcony with panoramic coastal views, pool and gardens, a freestanding jacuzzi clawfoot tub and fireplace.

8. Hotel Joaquin

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A white double bed at Hotel Joaquin
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Luxury has never looked hipper. This chic boutique hotel nestled above a sandy cove is an Instagrammer’s dream, with 22 bedrooms featuring one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, customized furniture and curated artwork. Kick off your vacation at the bar, which features wood cladding reminiscent of a Swedish sauna, for an absinthe-infused cocktail. Alternatively, head to the terrace for tables overlooking the cute palm tree-fringed pool area and the Pacific beyond.

Fancy discovering more incredible places to stay in California? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Orange County, California, for every traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.

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