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Cool Pools: St Regis Monarch Beach Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

St Regis Monarch Beach Resort features three swimming pools, including the Main Pool (pictured),
the more family-oriented Lagoon Pool, and the 3-lane lap pool, located at the Spa Gaucin fitness center.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences

By: Five Star Alliance

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Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
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o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel turns 30 and You Get the Present

By: Five Star Alliance

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2014. Traditionally, a 30th anniversary is celebrated with a gift of pearls, so in honor of its Pearl Anniversary, the resort has joined with luxury pearl jeweler Mikimoto to provide guests with The Pearls of Inspiration Experience.

A celebrated icon along the California coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is perched atop a 150 foot bluff,  and set against cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. This surfside retreat has a unique beachfront setting and remarkable service heritage, and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point. The resort boasts amazing dining options and all 396 guestrooms have been redesigned with decor that reflects the sparkle of the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor fireplaces have been added to the patios of first floor oceanfront guestrooms. Additional enhancements to the luxury property include major changes to the resort's gardens and grounds, and an Eco-Adventure Center. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

The Pearls of Inspiration Experience
is exclusive to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and includes:

• The opportunity to discover a His and Hers Mikimoto cultured pearl jewelry gift on your pillow in your guestroom
• Overnight accommodation on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level or Suite
• Pearls of Inspiration White Chocolate amenity
• Breakfast for two either through In Room Dining or in Raya
• Round trip transportation to and from South Coast Plaza
• Lunch for two at South Coast Plaza and visit to Mikimoto.
The package is available January 1 through April 30, 2014 and starts at $750 per night.

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Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Additional rules, regulations, and restrictions may apply. 

In conjunction with the Pearls of Inspiration Experience, the hotel has created three events that explore the genius of Kochi Mikimoto, and an exclusive look at the jewelry company and how it uses a blend of talent, discipline and artistry within their craft.

 Events include:

The Pearl King - January 23, 2014; 4-8pm
The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the inventor of cultured pearls. A visionary on a quest for beauty, it was his dream to "adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls."

The Romance of Pearls - March 6, 2014; 4-8pm
The pearl's iridescent luminosity has bewitched men and women alike for thousands of years. Whether offered in romance or taken in victory, worn as a symbol of chastity or a mystical aphrodisiac, pearls have been and continue to be among the most coveted gems in the world.

Birth of a Pearl - May 8, 2014; 4-8pm
In 1893, after years of painstaking efforts, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first cultured pearl. The method he developed is still used by Mikimoto today to form beautiful, lustrous pearls.

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Stay Warm this Holiday Season with Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

By: K. Clare Johnson

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During the holiday season, The Ritz Carlton Laguna, Niguel is transformed into a holiday wonderland with sparkling lights, sweet treats, and special events. In celebration of the season of giving, the resort is collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the Orange County Rescue Mission and toys and books for Miracles for Kids.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury beach resort along coastal Orange County. Today, the Dana Point resort boasts a newly re-imagined vibe, services and spaces, yet still occupies its perch atop 150 foot bluff featuring cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful seaside city of Dana Point is located in Orange County, Southern California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.



Festive Holiday Events at the luxury hotel include:

-Surfing Santa Competition:Saturday, November 23; 7:30 a.m.
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.

-Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Sunday, November 24; 4 p.m.
Holiday music performed by The Jeeps and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids.

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-Holiday Surf Board Auction: November 23 through December 31, 2013.
The Sixth Annual Surf Board auction benefits Surfers Healing. More than three dozen surf boards donated from well-known surfers and local artists that have painted the boards, will be on display with bidding closing at noon on December 31. Bid online at

-Gingerbread Spectacular: On display November 23 through December 31.
This year's display is dedicated to all of the Community Footprints partners the resort supports throughout the year. Each year the luxury resort's pastry team creates a sweet decadent edible spectacular that is on display throughout the holiday season.

-Holiday Tea: Monday through Thursday, November 18 through December 19. Seating from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Raya.
$55 per person.
Enjoy a more contemporary version of tea served oceanside from Raya. 

-Yappy Howl-iday Celebration: Saturday, December 7; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located on the Dana Lawn This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the "Big Dog" himself – Santa Paws. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats, or dog toys to be donated to the Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets.

-Holiday Storytelling: Friday and Saturday, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 5 p.m.
Complimentary in the Eco-Adventure Center. Guests are asked to bring a new children’s book to be donated to Miracles for Kids. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Spearheads an Earth Day Beach Clean Up

By: Five Star Alliance

20 million people gathered across the country to show support and their increasing concern about the visible ruined environment, on the very first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. Led by Senator John McConnell along with a small team of environmentalists and scientists, concerned citizens and the like, they successfully raised awareness about the absence of green issues from the United States’ political agenda. It has grown to be recognized as an annual global event, and even has been adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Celebrated in more than 192 countries every year, numerous communities celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities focused on environmental issues.

It is becoming a norm for companies to participate in being green and responsible corporate, by adopting green initiatives within their business model. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, has followed suit by extending the invitation of being more green, and being an eco-hero to their guests and local residents. The hotel chain has teamed up with the Southern California’s expert-naturalist organization, the Eco-Adventure Center to help with this effort. The Beach Clean Up is the Ritz-Carlton property’s annual Earth Day initiative where they invite local residents and their hotel guests to come join them and help do their part in keeping Salt Creek Beach clean. Naturalists from the resort's Eco-Adventure Center will provide trash bags and gloves for participants, and will manage the removal of the trash that is collected.   The Ritz Carlton hopes that this event helps guests and locals to extend eco-efforts in their own homes.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel beach clean-up will be held Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m.  

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Eco-Adventures at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

By: K. Clare Johnson


Why have an ordinary hotel stay when you can have an eco-adventure?

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, which premiered as the first luxury beach resort along coastal Orange County, is located halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles.  It sits high up on a 150 foot bluff that features cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. 

Set amidst such a beauty, it's not surprising that the luxury hotel has an Eco-Adventure Center that turns the local surroundings into a natural classroom and living laboratory.  The Center offers adventures for all ages, with the aim to encourage sound environmental practices and a deeper respect for nature. 


Sample events and adventures include:

-Garden tours where guest will learn about sustainable gardening practices and about the indigenous flora and fauna of Southern California.  

-Whale-watching excursion to Dana Point, which is the Whale Capital of the West. Blue, Humpback, and Gray Whales are all visible as they migrate along the Pacific Coast.  

-Exploration of Strands Beach. Guests will investigate the local foliage and wildlife of the Dana Point Headlands and learn how they adapt to the ever-changing coast.

-Body Boarding at Salt Creek Beach.  Learn how waves are created, study the effects of a rip current, and discover the longshore drift.  Then cap off all that learning with some body boarding. 

-Snorkeling the kelp forest. Learn about the harmonious and diverse kelp forest and learn what can be done to protect it. 

-Customized programs for groups, including unique team building activites that bring individuals in touch with the ocean, planet, and themselves. 

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