When planning a vacation with the family or a romantic getaway, the most expensive part of the trip can be the reserved room. However, the room is often underutilized with couples making reservations to relax at a spa or dine out every evening. Parents wear themselves out by hitting the beach, splashing at the pool or trekking the kids to local amusements parks all week.
Stop the madness, slow down and spend a little down time with your loved ones in the room you reserved. The following resorts offer room services like camping tents for kids, s’mores, butlers and more.
Signature Butler Service
St. Regis Monarch Beach
1 Monarch Beach Resort N
Dana Point, CA 92629
Traveling can be tiring and the staff at St. Regis Monarch Beach understands. Shortly after checking in your very own personal butler will be waiting at your door. St. Regis’ Signature Butler Service will give every guest the gift of time – the ultimate luxury. After you check-in – head straight to the pool and let the Butler unpack your luggage, determine what needs to be pressed, and make your dinner reservations for the night.
The Butlers make the most of the time you have on your vacation. They can provide the “Luxury Romance.” Since the Butlers book your dinner reservations, they know what time you are leaving and will put rose petals on the bed, leave chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. They also will fill the tub with bath gel, and once you get back from dinner, they will draw you a bath with bubbles and rose petals.
The Butlers can also arrange private dinners with special food requests or allergies, and set up a full dinner in the suite. There is no request too small. Recently a Butler went all the way to LA to get 14 red ties.
Tents & Movie Night For The Kids
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
The Ritz Carlton goes all out for their smallest guests travelers. Parents can arrange for their children to enjoy a luxury camping experience with a tent in the guest room. The tent is arranged with a plush feather bed, linens and a battery-powered lantern. If you book one of the Fireside Ocean guestrooms, s’mores are a nice addition to the camping experience.
Spend an evening in the room and ordering “A Night at the Movies” package through in-room dining. A Night at the Movies includes fresh-popped popcorn, licorice, Junior Mints, Raisinets, Good N’ Plenty, and two sodas in a popcorn bucket, as well as a certificate for a complimentary in-room movie.
Vintage Wine & Gourmet Dessert
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The Montage Laguna Beach offers many items on the in-room dining menu that are traditional for guests but there are also with a few unique amenities, like the s’mores kit. S’mores are perfect for younger guests who can create their own treats. A container is provided, offering all the ingredients and items one might need for DIY s’mores.
Wrap the evening up enjoying dessert in your room. Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith and his team will whip up handmade chocolates and macaroons for guests to enjoy. All the desserts are made fresh from scratch in the pastry kitchen.
Romantic couples can enjoy ordering a beautiful vintage wine to pair with a Fromager D’Affinois. The Montage Laguna Beach creates beautiful cheese plates filled with delectable cheeses hand-selected by their in-house fromaggie from their Cheese Gallery featuring more than 150 cheeses from around the world.
5-Star In-Room Dining
The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road South
Newport Beach, CA 92657
What makes in-room dining at Pelican Hill the best is that it is, in fact, a five-star epicurean experience. Cuisine is not left on a tray for the guest to sort out. When the server delivers the order, they will take the extra steps to arrange the place setting, place dishes on the dining table, pour beverages and place the napkin in the guest’s lap (if desired).
Instead of rushing out the door for breakfast, wake up and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your room, choosing from a seasonal menu featuring coastal California-inspired cuisine. Parents may find it easier to order breakfast in the room with the kids. The resort caters to younger guests with breakfast selections such as French Toast Sticks, Baby Waffles and Mini Breakfast Burritos.
Guests can also take a mid-afternoon break and unwind with Mediterranean-inspired Tapas for Two, such as stuffed grape leaves, charcuterie and cheese plates and shrimp cocktail, for lunch.
Amenities For Animals
Balboa Bay Resort
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Sprawling across 15 waterfront acres of pristine Southern CA coastline, Balboa Bay Resort is one of the top hotels in Newport Beach. This four-diamond resort distinguishes itself as the only full-service waterfront property on the coast of Newport Beach, but not just for humans. Pets are welcome at Balboa Bay Resort and if you are an animal lover, your pet will be pampered with special room service just for four-legged friends. The resort provides guests with a bag of pet-friendly gifts in the room that includes a bowl, blanket, sock chew toy, animal biscuits and some plastic trash bags.
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