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(credit: Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel)


Sunny seascapes and panoramic views of the Pacific are a hallmark of Orange County, and these beachfront hotels offer the ultimate in oceanside accommodations. With lodging ranging from spacious economical guest rooms to VIP penthouses, there is a room for any beach lover. A variety of in-house dining options allows guests to have a leisurely lunch and an elegant, delectable dinner without having to leave the resort. To top it all off, each of these glamorous hotels offers relaxing spa services, perfect for a romantic getaway or just a stress-free weekend by the water.
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(credit: Pelican Hill)


The Resort At Pelican Hill
22701 S. Pelican Hill Road
Newport Coast, CA 92657
(855) 315-8214
www.pelicanhill.com

In addition to its position overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, the Resort at Pelican Hill offers guests spacious bungalow or villa housing, the ultimate in fine dining and relaxing spa services. Large bungalow guest rooms and suites come loaded with amenities like stone fireplaces and deep, relaxing tubs. Villa housing offers visitors a virtual home away from home with two- to four-room accommodations and deluxe amenities, including the exclusive Villa Pool. Patrons to the Andrea Ristorante are transported to Italy as they enjoy hand-crafted pastas and an exquisite assortment of wines.

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(credit: Carl Rempel)


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

With a variety of lodging options available, from economical guestrooms to luxurious villas, Montage Laguna Beach offers amazing ocean-view accommodations for any budget. Amenities abound at Montage, starting with the large Mosaic Pool, which includes a hot tub and a children’s pool and play area. A first-rate dining experience awaits Montage guests with a choice of the French-influenced Studio restaurant or the upscale American-style Loft, to name just two options. In-house shopping is also available at several retail boutiques, in addition to premium spa services at Spa Montage.

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(credit: Ryan D./Yelp)


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

Guests staying at the St. Regis Monarch Beach will live like royalty while enjoying breathtaking seaside vistas and sunny OC skies. Rooms at the St. Regis range from budget-friendly signature guest rooms to vast presidential suites packed with amenities that include a fireplace, jacuzzi tub and butler service. Three large pools allow guests to lounge in luxury or take an active swim in the lap pool, and the nearby Monarch Beach Golf Links is one of the finest oceanside courses around. Elegant dining at the Stonehill Tavern or more casual, award-winning international fare at Motif will help fuel the fun during a delightful and extravagant stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

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(credit: The Ritz-Carlton)


Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 240-2000
www.ritzcarlton.com

Nothing says glamour like a panoramic view of the Pacific and miles of sunny Southern California coastline right outside your window. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel offers guests all of this and much more, with stately guest rooms and indulgent club-level accommodations that include exclusive concierge services. Dining at the Latin-style Raya or the enoSteak is sure to please any palate, especially after a relaxing day at the spa or nearby beaches. For an all-around glamorous beachfront getaway, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is a must-visit resort.

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(credit: Surf and Sand)


Surf And Sand Resort
1555 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(855) 690-7114
www.surfandsandresort.com

For the ultimate in coastal comfort, the Surf and Sand Resort whisks guests away to an oceanfront fantasy land. From spacious standard guest rooms to palatial penthouses, visitors enjoy broad vistas of the Pacific Ocean and its sandy shores right outside their windows. The open-air atmosphere of the Splashes restaurant is refreshing, and the delicious dishes prepared with local, fresh ingredients is both healthy and satisfying. The Aquaterr Spa at the Surf and Sand Resort offers one of the most extensive service menus around with dozens of massages, facials and various skin treatments available. 

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