One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 USA
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History of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is proud to celebrate 30 years of remarkable service.

Premiering as the first luxury resort along coastal Orange County in 1984, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was welcomed atop its 150 foot bluff-top perch as the crown jewel of what has become known as the California Riviera.

Defining the landscape that emerged around it, and in response to the changing demand for luxury, other hotels came forth along the coast. None however; could replicate this Grand Dame’s magnificent ocean front location, remarkable service legacy or awe inspiring views of the Southern California coastline.

A quarter century later, amidst increased competition and two major recessions, the owners of this great lady refined the gem with a multi-year, multi-million dollar transformation and a re-imagined personality. Moving from traditional to contemporary, heavy draperies, dark woods and ostentation was replaced with casually subtle sophistication showcasing high ceilings and un-obstructed windows inviting in a relaxed ocean experience throughout the property. 

A generous contributor to the local community, the resort in the past few years has created the annual Holiday Surfboard Auction and Surfing Santa Competition benefiting Surfers Healing, raising money and awareness for children with autism. The local community has also been brought together by the resort’s monthly acclaimed Yappy Hour, a cocktail party for canines and their companions. Each year the resort selects a different recipient of its good will thus far supporting Pet Project Foundation, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Friends of Orange County Homeless Pets and the Veterans Initiative for the Canine Companions for Independence. Further efforts include a fifteen-year history as the Official Hotel Partner for the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, supporting the local arts community.

The resort boasts amazing dining options including 180blũ, an outdoor oceanfront lounge featuring panoramic views of the California coast and the Pacific Ocean; Raya, a dining experience fashioned by Chef Richard Sandoval; enoSTEAK, a boutique steakhouse featuring local organic produce and grass fed meats; and The Market Place, a grab-and-go lifestyle outlet.

With historic significance, the resort has held its AAA Five Diamond crown for 29 consecutive years. (The resort was not rated in its first year) . Delivering an experience completely faithful to the active Southern California beach lifestyle, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is the premiere travel destination for individuals, families and groups who desire a playful approach to luxury.

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