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Best Luxury Hotels In OC

December 21, 2013 4:00 AM

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(credit: Pelican Hill)

(credit: Pelican Hill Resort)

(credit: Pelican Hill Resort)


Whether vacationing for the holidays or just getting away for the weekend, it has to be done in luxurious style. With award-winning dining, spa and room accommodations, these Orange County hotels and resorts are more than just a place to crash for the weekend. Visitors will be treated like royalty while staying in one of the most opulent and stylish hot spots in the world. Prepare to be pampered and live like royalty at these top-notch Orange County vacation destinations.
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(credit: Montage Laguna Beach)


Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6000
www.montagelagunabeach.com

For a luxurious home-away-from-home experience amidst the fine artistic culture of Laguna Beach, the Montage offers stunning private seaside villas and secluded bungalow-style suites, complete with a cozy fireplace, artsy ambience and enough space for the whole family to relax in style. For a mouth-watering taste of succulent French fare made with native California ingredients, dining at Studio is one of the ultimate dining experiences in Orange County. Visitors will feel like a Greek god reborn after indulging in the coastal and natural therapy treatments offered by Spa Montage, and its weekly yoga classes will help restore and realign mind and body.

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(credit: St. Regis Monarch Beach)


St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 234-3200
www.stregismb.com

Prepare for royal treatment at the multiple award-winning St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Voted one of the premier spas in the world, Spa Gaucin’s two-hour Costa Del Sol massage and body wrap treatment will transport you to a Mediterranean paradise. Six seaside restaurants, including European-style Motif and the dinner-only Stonehill Tavern, offer a beautiful seascape backdrop for a romantic and regal dining experience. For a uniquely imperial visit, St. Regis offers the ultimate in room accommodations, from the expansive mid-range St. Regis Suite to the vast 3,100-square-foot Presidential Suite. Visitors during the holiday season can enjoy a glamorous Great Gatsby New Year as they dress up in swanky 1920s fashion and dance the night away.

(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)

(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)


The Resort At Pelican Hill
22701 S. Pelican Hill Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 467-6800
www.pelicanhill.com

Recently awarded a Forbes Five Star Award, The Resort at Pelican Hill offers the utmost in opulence and lavish comfort. The villa accommodations at The Resort received their own award last year, and provide guests with options up to four bedrooms, complete with dedicated wait staff including a butler, a one-car garage, a gourmet kitchen, stone fireplace and breath-taking ocean views. Andrea Ristorante’s fresh, hand-made pasta, paired with an exquisite wine list, provides a mouth-watering authentic Italian dining experience. When it comes to luxury accommodations in Orange County, The Resort will absolutely not be outdone.

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(credit: Disney Grand Californian Hotel)


Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa
1600 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 635-2300
www.disneyland.disney.go.com

Located in the heart of the Downtown Disney District, the Grand Californian offers exceptional spa and dining services in addition to its top of the line signature suites. Signature suites include elaborate architectural designs, huge living and dining areas and Jacuzzi-style tubs. Once settled in, experience ultimate relaxation and pampering at the Mandara Spa, where guests can receive a Visible Brilliance Facial and a Balinese massage to leave you feeling your best. During your stay, savor award-winning dishes at the Napa Rose restaurant and lounge, located within the hotel, or step outside into the Downtown Disney District to dine at the House of Blues or Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, just two of many entertaining dining options near the Grand Californian. At the Grand Californian, luxury and fantasy come together for a uniquely indulgent experience.

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(credit: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel)


The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 240-5020
www.ritzcarlton.com

With expansive sunny seascapes and gorgeous, well-manicured grounds, the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel virtually transports you to another place and time. Spacious executive suites and dedicated personal staff, including shopping assistance, will allow you to indulge in ultimate comfort. Relax at the spa as you treat yourself to the Ritz-Carlton “Art of Well” spa treatment – perfect for starting the new year with a revitalized mind. For a lavish Latin meal made with local ingredients, spoil yourself at Raya, a 2011 “Restaurant of the Year” recipient. Afterwards, unwind with a cocktail and an expansive ocean view at Bar Raya. The ultimate in lavish comfort awaits you at the elegant Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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