In Your Element
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 South Coast Highway | (866) 271-6953
A Craftsman style oasis set atop one of Laguna’s most beautiful bluffs, the Montage is an inherently special place. Equal parts five-star luxury and beach-y comfort, the resort deftly balances making guests feel both indulged and right at home. The thoroughly Californian grounds take full advantage of their oceanfront expanse, as do the resort’s three outstanding restaurants. Add to that the ‘serenity found’ vibe at Spa Montage and a Christmas present of a lobby, and you have the blueprint for a place that merits many happy returns.
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa
2510 South Coast Highway | (949) 494-2996
The subtly Shakespearean Spanish-style retreat terraces down a PCH hillside in an expression of classic California. An understated former artists’ colony with Juliet balconies and a flair for the romantic, Casa Laguna and its small but tranquil spa manages to be that elusive combination of (kid-free) escapism and complete restoration. Plus, the breakfast alone is worth the price of admission.