Recently, Conde Nast magazine released their annual ‘Top Resorts In Southern California’ list. Four of the resorts in the top ten are right here in Orange County, believe it or not.
Just making it in to the top ten, the St. Regis Monarch Beach received the #9 spot on Conde Nast Traveler’s list. With numerous awards, from Forbes five-star, AAA Diamond, Travel & Leisure Top Spas, it is no wonder that this resort has withstood the test of time. Probably best known for it’s challenging, award-winning Robert Trent Jones golf course, the resort has been a staple in Orange County for decades. Rumor has it that the sand in the bunkers has crushed abalone to help give it that ‘sparkle’ that no other resort around has. Designed with impeccable detail, the St. Regis has a Mediterranean flair, complete with grand fountains and courtyards. The entire resort and golf course have spectacular views of the gorgeous Orange County coastline. Visit http://bit.ly/Hd6Lda to reserve.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point is #7 on the list. Located atop a 150-foot bluff, the Ritz-Carlton encompasses luxury. It evokes a kind of romanticism that feels novel-worthy. The resort’s impeccable design, coupled with its gold standard of service, have given it an impressive track record of success. World-class surf just below, amazing restaurants and some of the best weather anywhere, and views up and down the coastline of Orange County make you realize just how special the resort is. http://bit.ly/Hd6IxZ
Almost topping the prestigious Conde Nast list is The Montage in Laguna Beach, making it to the #2 spot. Perched on a cliff in the arts and crafts city of Laguna Beach, the Montage lends a sense of serenity and artistry that is, in my opinion, unmatched. Laguna Beach began as an artist’s colony in the 1800s and continues its tradition of creativity through art festivals and galleries, a world-renowned outdoor theater and spectacular restaurants. No hotel could fit the mold of this town more perfectly than The Montage. From the bungalows, to the chic pool, to the 5-star dining, the Montage lends an air of sophistication that leaves its guests feeling elite and its onlookers feeling mystified. To make reservations, visit http://monta.ge/H8rizc
I have saved the best for last…The Resort At Pelican Hill embodies everything that is Orange County: extraordinary, awe-inspiring beauty, exclusivity, and elegance without being ‘stuffy.’ The list of awards received is too numerous to detail here; Pelican Hill has not only received the #1 resort in Southern California but also the #1 resort in the entire US. Having been built in a Palladian style, the resort appears as if it is nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Italy. Pelican Hill is located in the prestigious and exclusive Newport Coast, home to some of the world’s most spectacular views and exquisite homes. With a 36-hole Fazio designed championship golf course, award winning dining, enviable views and a location unmatched by any other resort in Orange County, it is no wonder that Pelican Hill has received the honor of the number one spot. To learn more about this exclusive resort, visit http://bit.ly/18GZFax
I am not surprised that Orange County is home to some of the most beautiful resorts in the world; after all, it has earned the nickname “The Golden Riviera.” Today, I may just take a moment to enjoy this paradise I am so fortunate to call home. Drive down the coast, stop by one of these amazing resorts for a spa treatment, a round of golf with a friend, or a bite to eat. Or maybe I’ll just drive past and be immersed in a sense of tranquility and beauty that is incomparable – a tranquility and beauty that is Orange County.