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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 marine life, 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.
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
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
Dual flush toilet option
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
Non-perishable, 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 during meal periods
Daily Videography Recaps (testimonials and sound bites)
Candid Event Photography
Video Slide Shows (still photographs)
A memorable and enriching stay can extend well beyond our hotels. That's why Impact Experiences, providing inspiring opportunities for our guests to contribute to the local community, are available through our partner Destination Management Organizations. Impact Experiences are compelling social and environmental impact activities where there is one constant – each program makes a lasting and authentic difference.
Impact Experiences offers on-property activities that can be incorporated in the conference agenda during lunch breaks, receptions and coffee breaks, including:
Partnering with the hotel’s culinary team to prepare the ingredients for a regionally adapted dish for donation to a local hunger relief organization
Assembling school supplies and art materials in backpacks for donation to students whose academic success is threatened by poverty
Collaborating in teams to assemble emergency preparedness kits for shipping to a disaster relief facility or community organization
Designing and creating greetings and birthday cards for children in a local pediatric healthcare facility or children’s organization
Impact Hour, a platform for leaders from The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints partner organizations to showcase how they are successfully addressing social and environmental issues
Additionally, Signature Impact Experiences invite our group guests to take part in an off-site volunteer activity, unique to the destination.
Enriching Lives with Dogs
Celebrate and care for man’s most devoted friend at Laguna Niguel’s beloved Canine Companions for Independence, which trains and provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Group guests can clean doggy dorms, participate in maintenance projects or wash the vans that transport these loving puppies. Help care for dogs who change the lives of countless individuals.