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At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, your every wish is our command. Call upon the expertise of the dedicated conference service specialists, who thrive on creating pitch-perfect events of any scale. Our Meeting and Special Event Department works intimately with you to fulfill business objectives and overcome potential obstacles. When you host an event within our stately conference facilities, every detail is fully accounted for and every guest receives the finest service.
Eco-Adventure Center group activities include Surfing, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Body Boarding, Beach Olympics, Scavenger Hunt, Cooking with the Masters and Explore the Shore. To customize your group excursion today, please call Lyn Evins, Director of the Eco-Adventure Center at (949) 240-2000 extension 5839 or via email at Lyn.Evins@ritzcarlton.com
This is a boogie boarding and body surfing activity. After a quick lesson on waves we will match everybody up with a suitable wetsuit. On our walk down to Salt Creek Beach, we will stop at different lookouts along the way and explore longshore drift and rip currents. Once we are ready to get into the water, the Naturalist will give a safety demonstration. Then, it’s time to hit the waves for some fun in the sun! When everyone is tired out we offer snacks and water and suggest just relaxing for a minute. The Naturalist gives each Ambassador a memory picture CD as a keepsake recapping all the boogie boarding action. This is a high-energy activity for thrill seekers looking for some adrenaline and fun.
The Biggest Show on Earth
In this excursion participants will explore the migration routes and playgrounds of some of the most interesting creatures in existence. We will begin in the Learning Center where our Naturalists will lead the group in a quick activity to share information about our local whales. After a short drive, participants will arrive at Dana Point Harbor where the boat’s crew will give a short safety demonstration and then we will all leave the harbor. As the captains search the seas for our Cephalopod friends, (that’s dolphins and whales) the Naturalists will teach about hunting/migration/mating facts about our underwater California coastal neighbors. When we find dolphins or whales, the captain will stop and allow for pictures and interaction with the animals. After the exploration, and a quick ride back to the Indoor Learning Center, we will view any videos and pictures in a slideshow. Pictures will be placed on Facebook and can also be purchased upon request of the group. This is a great adventure for anyone who wants to view the most amazing and massive creatures on our planet.
Cooking with the Masters
This activity features an organic cooking experience with our master chef that is an exceptional team-builder! We begin with a tour of our organic garden, which features recycled planters for our vegetables and herbs, a water-recycling system complete with a cistern and water pump, and several organic fruit trees. While exploring the garden, we will pick any herbs or vegetables that are needed for the upcoming culinary experience. Next, it is time for the group to participate in gourmet organic cooking alongside the executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton. This will take place in an outside location if desired or in The Ritz-Carlton kitchen. The chef will lead the group in cooking a unique meal that has been planned ahead of time by collaboration between the chef and your event planner. Once the food preparation is complete, it is time to enjoy the delicious feast.
Explore the Shore
We begin by giving a quick introduction of our local tide pools and then proceed to see them ourselves. Finds may include: sea anemones, urchins, small fish, sand castle worms, and hermit crabs, along with much, much more! After the exploration, the group will relax, rehydrate, and have a snack before setting out for more investigation. Along with tide pooling, the group will also gain a better understanding of kelp, the infamous grunions, boring clams and sand crabs during appropriate seasons. The group will also gain an understanding of the importance of leaving shells and rocks on the beach. Participants will have a great time discovering different aquatic life in our very own tide pools in this very hands-on, wondrous, activity-filled excursion.
Sea the Forest Through the Trees
Imagine a community where all the inhabitants work together in perfect harmony. The kelp forest creates such a community under the sea. Discover the magnificent kelp forest while learning about its diverse population and what we can do to protect it in this snorkeling activity.
Stand Up Paddling
Experience California’s incredible coastline from the water by learning to Stand Up Paddle. Before taking a leisurely paddle in the Dana Point Harbor or Laguna Beach, a private group instruction will be given upon arrival. You will then learn about the abundant marine life of Southern California, as well as its spectacular coast line. No previous paddling experience is necessary, however, be prepared to get your feet wet. Surfing
Learn to surf in one of Southern California’s most beautiful and sought out surfing locations, Laguna Beach! Experienced surf instructors will help with beach safety and knowledge about getting the most out of your surfing adventure. Get fitted for wetsuits and surfboards and head into the water for a refreshing and exhilarating taste of what California is famous for.
Meetings at The Ritz-Carlton are carefully designed to create an unparalleled guest experience while protecting our natural resources. Together with our property-based Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Teams (REACT) you and your attendees can support our efforts to reduce our environmental imprint and make a meaningful difference. Within our hotels, we reduce energy and water usage, offer a linen and terry reuse program, and utilize environmentally preferable cleaning products. Our meeting venues support a sustainable future by offering recycled paper products and pens, water service options, organic and local food and sustainable seafood options. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is pleased to include these additional environmentally responsible meeting practices for you and your attendees to further complement our legendary service:
- An extensive recycling program including recycling cardboard, white paper, newspaper, glass, batteries, ballasts, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metals and guestroom key cards.
- Newspapers provided in reusable bags
- A water recycling system in the laundry
- Irrigation timers utilize rain sensors and aerators throughout the resort.
- Hybrid, high-efficiency and electric vehicles are offered for ground transportation when possible.
- Discourage idling of ground transportation in the Porte Cochere.
- Electronic reader boards throughout the property.
- Public spaces are oxygenated with live plants.
- Retail bags made from recycled material are provided in The Gift Shop and the Eco-Adventure Center.
- Planned group activities through the Eco-Adventure Center which are fun team building experiences that incorporate education about our natural ecosystems and sustainable living.
- Guests can experience a paperless check-in/out & an email receipt can be offered.
- Prepared, unused food can be donated to non-profit organizations in the community.
- Rain Forest Alliance certified coffee and Organic Fair Traded certified tea can be incorporated into the program and are available upon request in guest rooms.
- Refillable water bottles available for functions.
- Water service can be offered as an option at place settings.
- Full, state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities
- Daily computer equipment rental (computers, printers, photocopiers, fax machines)
- Cellular telephone rental
- Two-way radio rental
Office Equipment and Meeting Accessories
- Sound System
- Wired Mic Options
- Wireless Mic Options
- Push-talk Mics
- Audio Mixers
- Audio Recording
- Computer Sound
- Production Communications
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Video Playback
- Multiple Video Switchers
- Camera Recording
- Remote Slide Controls
- Stage Wash
- Podium Light
- Internet Connection
- Phone Calls
- Conference Calls
- Two-Way Radios
Office Equipment and Meeting Accessories
- Fax Machine
- Drape Options
VolunTeaming is now offered under The Ritz-Carlton social responsibility program, Community Footprints
. Transcending traditional group activities, VolunTeaming combines teambuilding with volunteer activities that create lasting memories for the participants. Recognizing that many groups want their teambuilding time to make a meaningful contribution, these programs enable guests to be a force for good and feel personally connected to the place that they visit.
Specific VolunTeaming programs available include:
Natural Habitat Restoration with Dana Point Preserve
The Center for Natural Lands Management, Dana Point Preserve maintains habitat for the coastal California gnatcatcher, rare plant species, the endangered Pacific pocket mouse, and other sensitive species. Your group can join the habitat restoration effort, which includes trail maintenance, native plant restoration, invasive plant removal and more. This socially responsible activity allows participants to join in conserving the natural open space, while contributing to the community and learning about the environment.Go Green - Charity Can Creation
You CAN make ART! Giant Can Creation provides participants the unique opportunity to challenge creativity and enhance relationships by constructing a giant sculpture out of unopened food cans. Once the art is created, it is all donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank (http://www.feedoc.org/
). Go Green - Recycled Art Creation
Recycled Art is an event where teams create a variety of artistic creations using recycled materials that will be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds going to a charity of the company’s choice.
Build A Bike Competition
Teams will work together to assemble a bicycle and a marketing plan for their bike. The group is divided into teams and they are charged with assembling a bicycle, using a packaged kit, tools and some creative extras. The group must decide on a plan to achieve their goal in time, to utilize everyone’s skills and to market their finished product to the judges. Bikes are then donated to a local charity.
Local Beach Cleanup
The Surfrider Foundation (http://www.surfrider.org/
) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. Spend the afternoon cleaning up a local beach to help the environment and keep California’s coast beautiful.
Please contact your meetings and special events professional
for details on how VolunTeaming activities can be matched to group.
- Conference concierge
- Express check-in/departure
- 24-hour secretarial services (fax, photocopies, telex, courier)
- Airport shuttle service provided by hotel or local transportation company, additional fees apply
- Technology Butler®
- Express mail services
- Office supplies
- Nametag & place card printing
- Desktop publishing
- Internet access