THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL

One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
Phone:  +1 (949) 240-2000   •  Map & Directions
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Ritz Kids®



As Jean-Michel Cousteau says, “All kids start out as scientists, constantly asking ‘Why? What’s that? How does it work?’” Ritz Kids resort experiences tap into that innate curiosity by introducing our youngest guests to both the natural wonders and the rich cultural traditions of our resort locations. Immersive and adventurous, the resort experiences provide your child with enthralling activities to reward their interest in the beauty and workings of the world we live in. With a diverse collection of activities based on the four pillars of the program – water, land, environmental responsibility and culture – kids are swept away by everything from coral reefs and forests, to recycling and sustainability, storytelling, art and even food.


A variety of services and age appropriate items are available for babies up to age 1.

  • Upon request, strollers, car seats, highchairs and other baby necessities can be ordered and available upon arrival 
  • Cribs are provided no charge 
  • Parents are provided with a list of local child care providers

*A fee applies

A variety of services, amenities and age appropriate items are available for toddlers up to 4 years of age.

  • Toddlers enjoy beach toys, lollipops, bubbles, and treasure hunts 
  • The Concierge maintains a variety of lists of kid-friendly activities and restaurants 
  • Toddlers can participate in coloring activities in Eco-Adventure Center 
  • Beach Butlers offer fun in the sun. Engage with our Beach Butlers who provide sand toys, noodles, fins and body boards at the beach and pool 
  • An on-site play structure provides hours of entertainment 
  • In-Room Dining offers two Inspiration Packages*, “The Night at the Movies” and “Totally for Kids.” These packages are great for toddlers, school age and teens

*A fee applies

A variety of services, amenities and age appropriate items are available for school age children.

  • Face Painting 
  • A poolside movie is presented every Thursday evening at 8 p.m. during the summer months 
  • Coloring books are provided at the Dana Pool Café 
  • Kid's water toys are available at The Dana Pool 
  • In-Room Dining offers two Inspiration Packages*, “The Night at the Movies” and “Totally for Kids.” These packages are great for toddlers, school age and teens 
  • A library of children’s movies is available at front desk 
  • Ping Pong table 
  • Tennis Courts with racquets and balls and tennis lessons* can be reserved 
  • Basketball Court 
  • Connect the Dots Game Board 
  • Tween Manicure and Pedicure in The Salon* 
  • Special Occasion Up-Do's in The Salon*
  • Beach Butlers offer fun in the sun. Engage with our Beach Butlers who provide sand toys, noodles, fins and body boards at the beach and pool
  • An on-site play structure provides hours of entertainment 
  • The Market Place Café offers kid friendly cereals, kid's water bottles, a candy station and assorted pastries, as well as coloring books and kid's card games 
  • Eco-Adventure Center
    • The Biggest Show on Earth
    • Creative Kitchen
    • SANDsational
    • Explore the Shore
    • Night Krawlers
    • The Big Bang
    • Explore the Shore
    • Flash, Snap and Crop

*A fee applies

A variety of services, amenities and age appropriate items are available for teens.

  • The Concierge maintains a list of local activities (bowling, shopping, whale watching, surfing) 
  • Beach Butlers offer fun in the sun. Engage with our Beach Butlers who provide sand toys, noodles, fins and body boards at the beach and pool
  • Complimentary use of Frisbees, footballs, tennis equipment, soccer and basketballs 
  • Ping Pong table 
  • Tennis Courts with racquets and balls and tennis lessons* can be reserved 
  • Basketball Court
  • Manicures and Pedicures in The Salon*
  • Special Occasion Up-Do's in The Salon*
  • Eco-Adventure Center
    • Sea the Forest through the Trees
    • The Biggest Show on Earth
    • Creative Kitchen
    • Beach Bonzai
    • SANDsational
    • Explore the Shore
    • Night Krawlers
    • The Big Bang
    • Explore the Shore
    • Flash, Snap and Crop

*A fee applies

Seasonal availability; Memorial Day through Labor Day

The Beach Butlers offer personalized beach services to guests enjoying a relaxing day at Salt Creek Beach.  Beach Butler services include setting up beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and offering food and beverage. The Butlers are also fully equipped with sun screen and tanning lotion. The Beach Butlers also provide transportation to and from the beach on the Beach Shuttle.

Breakfast

One Egg any style, Bacon or Sausage

Egg White Scramble, Chicken Sausage

Belgian Waffle, California Berries, Maple Syrup

Brioche French Toast, California Berries, Maple Syrup

Silver Dollar Pancakes, Maple Syrup

Mix Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal

Vanilla Yogurt, Granola, Seasonal Fruit

Cereal and Milk

Fruits of the Jungle, seasonal melon and California berries


Lunch and Dinner


House Made Chicken Noodle Soup

Steak Fajitas, Bell Peppers and Flour Tortillas

PB&J on Wheat with California apple chip

Neptune Catch, seasonal steamed vegetables

Organic Chicken Quesadilla

Mac and Cheese

Fried Chicken Fillet, fries

Cheese Burger, fries

Grilled Cheese Sandwich, fries


Dessert

Brownie Sunday, vanilla ice cream

Seasonal Mixed Berries

Raspberry sorbet

Two scoops of house made ice cream

Cookie Monster (2) peanut butter, chocolate chip, or M&M

Children can enjoy watching the Koi swim in the Koi ponds around the resort.

Most people think Koi are just big goldfish, but they aren’t. They are actually a special bred of carp that the Japanese have worked with for hundreds of years. They are affectionately known as living jewels or swimming flowers. They start out small, but can easily grow up to 31 ½ inches. Their average lifespan is 25 to 35 years, though some have lived for more than two hundred years. The fun thing about Koi is that even though they come in many different colors, they are all unique and there are never two that look exactly alike. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel presents eco-adventures that inspire you with Southern California’s unique ecosystems and connect your spirit to their larger global systems. Led by expert naturalists, the Eco-Adventure Center is dedicated to showcasing Southern California’s natural wonders. Throughout these unique excursions, the local surroundings become a natural classroom and living laboratory. Adults, families and kids learn through experience, which instills them with deep appreciation and respect for nature. As well, they will understand how to live more environmentally responsible back home.

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Culture: FLASH! SNAP! CROP!
Make a difference. Spread the word about important environmental issues as you write, direct and star in your very own video. Take your production home and influence your local community. Let’s give the earth a voice! 9 a.m. to noon; $90 per person

Land: Sea Hike
Join us for a sea hike along Strands Beach into the Dana Point Preserve to discover plants and animals native to the Southern California coast. Alternatively explore another local trail to take in the fresh air, natural habitat and stunning ocean views. Along the way, learn about the adaptations of our local plants and animals and understand the effects of the surrounding watershed. 9 a.m. to noon; $80 per person

Environmental Responsibility: Connect the Dots
Examine sustainable materials and environmental practices in the Eco-Adventure Center. Explore what you can do to reduce our impact on Mother Earth. Brainstorm innovative ways to protect our planet on our life-sized game board. 4 to 5 p.m.; Sunday through Friday; complimentary

Water: The Biggest Show on Earth
Embrace your sea legs on a whale watching excursion and see first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West. Dana Point is believed to serve as a visual landmark for several species of whales that migrate along the Pacific Coast. Majestic blue whales, graceful humpback whales and nurturing gray whales are visible as they travel along our coastline. Enjoy our local dolphin inhabitants frolicking in the Southern California waters. 1 to 4 p.m.; $110 per person

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A variety of fun seasonal activities are offered for our younger guests:

  • Summer Poolside Movies
  • Tree Lighting
  • Holiday Gingerbread Display
  • Holiday Story Telling
Explore Ritz Kids
Discover Ritz Kids, with fun and inspirational content created by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. Learn more.