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Orange County’s Most Romantic Hotels

August 17, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)

(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)

(credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

(credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

No matter how many years you’ve been with your loved one, you know it takes effort to keep the romance alive. If you’re over the chocolates and flowers, consider a romantic getaway that doesn’t require boarding a plane to an exotic location. Tell your significant other how much you love her by checking into one of the most amorous and enchanting hotels Orange County has to offer.

(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)

(credit: The Resort at Pelican Hill)

The Resort at Pelican Hill

22701 Pelican Hill Road S.
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(855) 315-8214
www.pelicanhill.com

With a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and amenities fit for royalty, this recent winner of a Forbes Five-Star Award is considered one of the best resorts in the country. Enjoy a duet massage with your loved one at The Spa at Pelican Hill or feast on an amazing sunset dinner. For romantic indulgence, book one of the Bungalow Guest Rooms where you can relax by the fireplace or lounge on your private terrace overlooking the ocean.

(credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

(credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort

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

Whether you and your special someone are relaxing on a private beach, dining at one of six ocean-view restaurants or being pampered at Spa Gaucin, the accommodations at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort are sure to put you in the mood for romance. This AAA Five-Diamond awarded resort offers pools, beaches, golf and even butler service. This Tuscan-style resort is perfect for renewing your vows or just acting like you’re on your honeymoon again. Even if you decide not to leave your room, this resort is sure to please with its custom furnishings, private balcony and 300-thread-count linens.

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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

21500 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 698-1234
www.huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com

This Spanish-style, oceanfront hotel looks like it came straight out of a romance novel. With its arched doorways and private balconies, you’ll wander the grounds hand in hand with your loved one thinking you’re on cloud nine. After a sun-filled day frolicking on the beach, relax your mind and body at Pacific Waters Spa, the resort’s 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean oasis. This lavish facility includes a sauna, waterfall showers, private whirlpools and a full-service salon.

Inn At Laguna Beach

211 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-9722
www.innatlagunabeach.com

It’s all about the beach at the Inn At Laguna Beach. If your idea of a romantic getaway includes sand, surf and a beautiful Pacific sunset, look no further than this intimate boutique hotel near Laguna Beach’s famous downtown. During the day, take a stroll through world-renowned art galleries and dine at award-winning restaurants. In the evening, kick up your feet inside a premium seaside guest room with a private patio and view of the crystal-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

(credit: Waterfront Beach Resort)

(credit: Waterfront Beach Resort)

The Waterfront Beach Resort

21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845-8000
www.waterfrontresort.com

If you and your significant other are looking for some adventure during your romantic staycation, book a room at The Waterfront Beach Resort. Through its partnership with Waterfront Adventures, this hotel can offer you boogie board rentals and surf lessons. If you prefer to relax in style, grab a cocktail and sit poolside at one of the hotel cabanas equipped with flat-screen televisions, gaming consoles and Blu-ray DVD players. If you’re looking for the deluxe experience, book one of the oceanfront Executive Suites and enjoy two large balconies, a large sitting room with two-person dining table and an extraordinary king-sized bed.

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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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