Need to know
97, including 33 suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $309.00, excluding tax at 14.3 per cent.
Rates generally exclude à la carte breakfast (items range from $5 to $18).
Arrange a tee-time at on-site nine-hole Ben Brown's Golf Course. This naturally dramatic private course has sweeping canyon views and elevation changes on every fairway.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, beach shuttle, swimming pool, golf course, free valet and self-parking. In rooms: LG TV, minifridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Lavish bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Creekside Studio Suites are cosy and romantic; you’ll have views over the canyons and creek from your private balcony or patio. Families will love the Treehouse, which has its own fully-stocked gourmet kitchen with free snacks and all the kit needed to prepare meals; in the open-plan living space, there’s a dining area and a spacious lounge with a queen-size sofa bed and cosy armchairs. In addition to loads of indoor space, it has access to a private gazebo, golf course views and space to run around outside too.
The heated saltwater pool and outdoor hot tub are open to guests all year round. The depth of the 1,300sq ft pool ranges from three to eight feet. In summer, the pool is flanked by sunloungers, and the adjacent Pond Bar serves cocktails and poolside snacks and plies guests with sun cream.
Stress-melting Sycamore Spa is perfectly Californian, with a near-seamless flow between its indoor and outdoor spaces, beachy vibes and natural light. Visit one of its four treatment rooms (one is just for pampering à deux) to indulge in classic massages, clarifying and hydrating facials, body scrubs and wraps, and even treatments to make your feet beautifully beach-ready. The spa uses HydroPeptide, Comfort Zone and Salt of the Earth products in its treatments and there’s a full wellness programme in the works. The 24-hour fitness centre is attached, and a variety of fitness classes are on offer, including rejuvenating ‘Rise and Shine Stretch’ sessions.
Load your suitcase with casual coastal togs; bring your golfing gear and don’t forget the swimsuits – this is California, after all.
Mobility- and hearing-accessible rooms are available; one of the golf carts can accommodate a wheelchair; there’s a lift in the lodge building and a pool lift, too.
Welcome; there’s a Junior Ranger kids’ programme and family activities, including golf lessons for all. The restaurant has a children’s menu and highchairs; baby cots can be added to rooms (and rollaway beds to some), subject to availability.
When travelling with mobile little Smiths, book a spacious Cottage Two Bedroom Suite or the Treehouse, which has its own kitchen and ample space both indoors and out.
There are junior golf lessons, storytelling, ranger excursions, and even a kid’s happy hour at Ben’s Pantry, featuring hot chocolate, lawn games and s’more kits for roasting. On Saturday mornings, a Birds of Prey programme takes place on the Harvest Patio or volleyball court; on Saturday evenings (from 6pm to 9pm), a Kid’s Night Out frees up the adults while little ones enjoy a movie and a buffet dinner ($25 a child, 72-hour advance reservation required).
Children are welcome in the pool with adult supervision.
The restaurant has a children’s menu of much-loved favourites, many with a healthy twist, and highchairs. Breakfast choices include cereal, yoghurt with fruit, eggs, buttermilk pancakes and French toast. At lunch and dinner, Smith Junior can choose from classic kiddie plates including peanut-butter sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers.
No need to pack
A travel cot can be added to all rooms, subject to availability. Rollaway beds ($39.90 a night) can be added to Cottage Two Bedroom Suites and first-floor Studio and One Bedroom Suites, subject to availability and confirmation by the hotel.
Nearby Aliso Beach Park has a playground and bonfire pits; the Ranch provides beach towels.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach recycles (including soap and hygiene products, with help from Clean the World charity) and uses reclaimed water to maintain its golf course and grounds. It also manages a mile-long stretch of the Aliso Creek by removing rubbish and other debris, and organises clean-ups of Aliso Beach. An onsite garden is in the works; ingredients used in the restaurant and bar are sourced locally, when possible.