Located about an hour south of Los Angeles, the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel (http://www.ritzcarlton.com/) is an amazing property with every bit of the perfection you expect from the Ritz Carlton brand. Situated on top of a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the grounds and view could not be any more serene and wonderful. On a clear day (which we enjoyed), you can even see Catalina Island. Guests on a girls’ getaway will enjoy the on-property spa, which features 12 treatment rooms (each one features a crystal chandelier and tranquil water amenities. There is also a salon and (for the die-hard exercise queens) a fitness center complete with gorgeous views of the ocean. Highlights for us (in addition to ENO) were the Adirondack chairs on the back lawn of the hotel that overlook the ocean, as well as the dining room with a complete view of the ocean via floor to ceiling windows. Both were perfect for total relaxation and for checking out the hundreds of surfers in their wet suits. The resort also offers wellness classes, such as yoga, pilates and T’ai Chi. For the adventurous girls, the resort can also arrange for surf lessons and whale watching excursions during the peak whale migration season. Does it get any better?
PHOTO: View of Pacific Ocean from the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel's backyard. I was sitting in an Adirondack chair soaking up the cool weather and sunshine when I took this photo.