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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Known as one of the finest luxury resorts located in Dana Point, California, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is situated atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rooms are spacious with marble baths, 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and DVD players. The property includes a 12-room spa, Adirondack chairs on the lawn with a Pacific Ocean view, plus complimentary oceanfront yoga and Pilates classes.

Don't miss: Drive to the nearby glitzy SoCal towns of Laguna Beach or Newport Beach, where the open-air shopping center Fashion Island offers more than 200 specialty stores (Kate Spade, Michael Stars) and restaurants (Roy's Hawaiin Fusion Cuisine, La Brea Bakery at Macy's); 949/721-2000 or

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