You’ve worked hard this year, and you deserve a luxurious weekend getaway before the holiday season gets into full swing. Whether you’re looking for a day of golf or an award-winning spa treatment, you will get top-notch service as you indulge a little at these Orange County resorts. Along with the finest accommodations, you will also experience the very best in dining as you take some time out for yourself to unwind at the end of a good year. Start off the giving season right by treating yourself to exactly what you want – a lavish weekend of rest and relaxation.
The Resort At Pelican Hill
22701 S. Pelican Hill Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Famous for its skillfully designed golf courses with outstanding ocean views, The Resort at Pelican Hill is simply the best when it comes to relaxing in style. Large, elegant bungalows and up to four-bedroom villas might make you consider extending your luxurious retreat. In addition, the resort offers guests a private clubhouse and dedicated wait staff in addition to panoramic views of the ocean. With five different restaurants, The Resort also offers a variety of dining options with indoor or outdoor seating options allowing you to take in views of the peaceful Pacific as you enjoy savory seasonal food. The Resort is perfect for families, as well, and offers relaxing options for the kids at Camp Pelican, a kid-friendly resort atmosphere for ages four through 12. For teens and young adults, Latitude is the perfect place to lay back in luxury and enjoy the scenic seascapes.
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
With award-winning dining, a relaxing array of spa treatments and indulgent guest room and suite amenities, the Balboa Bay Resort will have you feeling like royalty in no time. Deluxe and Premier Bay View rooms are available with marble and granite bathrooms and private balconies overlooking beautiful Newport Harbor. Be sure to also indulge yourself at The Spa, an award-winning spa offering special deals on facial treatments throughout the holiday season. After a day of relaxation, enjoy an award-winning dining experience at the First Cabin Restaurant, where you can imagine yourself aboard a luxury cruise ship complete with seasonal fare and romantic sunset views.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel And Spa
1600 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
For a whimsical and lavish weekend retreat, the lodge-themed Grand Californian is the perfect choice. In addition to its proximity to the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks, the Grand Californian Hotel boasts award-winning dining at the Napa Rose, perfect for a sumptuous dinner. With convenient access to the Downtown Disney district, additional entertainment and dining options are available, such as the House of Blues and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Be sure to take advantage of the Mandara Spa as you treat yourself to a Swedish massage, Coconut Rub or Milk Ritual Wrap. After your indulgent day of fine dining and relaxation, the Hearthstone Lounge offers a warm and comfortable place for a nightcap before heading in for the night.
Casa Laguna Inn And Spa
2510 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
With wine tasting, plays and several art museums nearby, Casa Laguna is the perfect place to treat yourself to a stylish and luxurious weekend. With mid-range suites and the more private and classy Cottage with its ocean vistas and a comfortable reading room complete with a fireplace, Casa Laguna provides top-shelf luxury lodging. For added opulence, order the Passion Package or a romantic Devotion Package, which includes champagne, chocolate and roses. Casa Laguna Spa also offers a variety of spa treatments, including a Papaya Salt Glow scrub and a hot stone massage. Wake up feeling pampered and refreshed, then have an award-winning breakfast delivered right to your room as you lay back in luxury.
Island Hotel Newport Beach
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Large suites offering gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean or lush gardens is just one of the ways the Island Hotel will help you relax in opulent style. For added comfort and convenience during your stay, treat yourself to the Island Club treatment that includes dedicated concierge services, drinks during the “Wine Down” hour and other added frills to make your extravagant getaway that much more enjoyable. For a special seasonal spa experience, relax your body and mind with a 90-minute Aromatherapy Massage and Organic Pumpkin Orange Facial. After unwinding at the spa, enjoy alfresco dining at the Palm Terrace Restaurant, where you’ll savor local flavors and seasonal fare in sumptuous style.
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David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.