Orange County, United States

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Rates from (ex tax)$229.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD261.75), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

California dreamy

Setting

Canyons, beaches and greens

Boutique resort The Ranch at Laguna Beach is situated in a picturesque canyon, with the area’s prettiest beach only 350 yards away. There’s an on-site golf course, family-friendly pool and activities, and the stress-melting Sycamore Spa. You’ll spot both curious wildlife and locals at this relaxed ranch-style stay, thanks to the pretty golf course and eateries. Harvest restaurant dishes out locally-sourced Californian comfort food, and the bar champions a carefully-curated list of cocktails and regional wines. Have the hotel prepare  picnics for days at the beach, and stop by locally-loved Ben’s Pantry for coffee and freshly baked pastries. 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

97, including 33 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $229.00, excluding tax at 14.3 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD229.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally exclude à la carte breakfast (items range from $5 to $18).

Also

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

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.

Poolside

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Load your suitcase with casual coastal togs; bring your golfing gear and don’t forget the swimsuits – this is California, after all.

Also

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.

Children

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.

Recommended rooms

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.

Activities

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).

Swimming pool

Children are welcome in the pool with adult supervision.

Meals

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.

Also

Nearby Aliso Beach Park has a playground and bonfire pits; the Ranch provides beach towels.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The booths to the side of the bar by the window are cosy and romantic; sit at the bar if you want to chat with locals.

Dress Code

Think pared-down luxe: classic denim and breezy linens.

Hotel restaurant

At Harvest, chef de cuisine Kyle St John creates modern Californian comfort food with locally- and ethically-sourced ingredients (some from the hotel’s own garden). The dining area has an oversized fireplace and surveys  Aliso canyon and the golf course; for the best views, take a table on the patio. The lunch menu features colourful salads and flavourful sandwiches; dinner options range from pan-seared salmon to cider-brined pork porterhouse to brioche-bun burgers. At breakfast, keep it healthy with smoothies, steel-cut oats and egg-white frittatas, or go all out with a plate of chicken and waffles or breakfast enchiladas. Café-style Ben’s Pantry serves up rustic, organic fare; check the chalkboard for daily specialities. It’s the place for local-vibe alfresco coffees, light bites and coastal wines, and a favourite stop-off for pre-golf pastries and something from the espresso bar.

Hotel bar

The Harvest bar focuses on handcrafted cocktails, with seasonal specialties. Beer enthusiasts can sample a taster flight of local craft ales and lager to whittle down to their favourite of the 18 on-tap offerings, and wine aficionados can choose from sommelier Jesse Rodriquez’s carefully curated list of regional varietals. Settle in with your drink of choice and soak in the 180-degree canyon views.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm. Harvest bar is open from 11am to 11pm.

Room service

A slightly streamlined version of the restaurant menu is available from 6.30am to 9.30pm.

Location

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Address
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
S, 31106 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach
92651
Laguna Beach
United States

Planes

John Wayne Airport is 30 minutes away by car; arrange transfers with the hotel from $124 each way. The larger Los Angeles International Airport is an hour and a half away by car, depending on traffic; one-way hotel transfers start at $159.

Trains

San Juan Capistrano station is nine miles away; Amtrak and Metrolink trains run regularly between there and Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo.

Automobiles

Laguna Beach is 10 minutes away by car; from the Pacific Coast Highway (South Coast Highway), turn onto Country Club Drive. There’s free on-site and valet parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Book a round of lessons at Ben Brown’s Golf Course, spend some pampering time in the Sycamore Spa, or simply lounge by the fire pits on the terrace with a local varietal in hand. At 8.30am on Saturdays and Sundays, ‘Rise and Shine Stretch’ – a 45-minute yoga-inspired class of static and dynamic stretching – is held poolside; mats are provided for early-morning yogis. It’s followed by a 40-minute Cardio-Sculpt Circuit Training class, which combines high-intensity interval training with machines, free weights and body-weight exercises, at 9.15am in the fitness centre. The hotel runs a free shuttle to Aliso Beach Park, only five minutes away; this family-friendly stretch of sand also has a playground and fire pits. Whale and dolphin catamaran safaris can be arranged by the front desk, as can be stand up paddle board and kayak rentals at nearby Dana Point. Nearby Heisler Park is good for seaside picnics, Aliso and Wood canyons are excellent for day hikes and mountain biking (all the gear for the latter is available to hire at the hotel), and nearby downtown Laguna has plenty of shops and galleries. Staff can guide you to hidden surf spots, and tree-covered Catalina Island is a 90-minute ferry ride away (or a 15-minute helicopter ride from John Wayne Airport).

 

Local restaurants

For oceanfront alfresco meals, head to the Deck on Laguna, where fresh oysters and sharing plates are the stars of the menu. Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico takes a gourmet approach to authentic Mexican cuisine, using locally-sourced ingredients. Choose from a mouth-watering selection that includes ceviche, seafood enchiladas and shrimp taquitos; there’s an impressively long margarita menu, too. For modern American fare, look to Broadway by Amar Santana, which has a farm-fresh seasonally changing menu and an open kitchen that takes centre stage; try to snag two of the six coveted seats at the chef’s table. Splash out on the tasting menu (with optional wine pairing), and save room for the bourbon vanilla bean panna cotta. Seafood-centric Driftwood Kitchen is right on the water’s edge and open all day; go for the crab-, goat’s cheese- and avocado-filled Laguna Omelette at breakfast, or grilled local swordfish at dinner. Starfish takes the crown for the best Asian cuisine in Orange County; choose from ocean-fresh sushi, sharing plates of soft shell crab bánh mì sliders and braised barbecue pork buns, and a cocktail menu that’s not shy about ginger- and green tea-infused drinks.

Local cafés

Breakfast any day of the week at Zinc Cafe. Specialties include breakfast bánh mì, Spanish baked-egg casserole, and the ginger-syrup-drizzled Zinc waffles; order a green-tea matcha latte and you’ll blend right in with the locals. You could also go for eggs many ways, baked goods and healthy fruit-filled smoothies. Zinc is open for lunches of burrito bowls, pizzette, salads and sandwiches, and sharing-plate dinners paired with local wines. For Sunday brunch, hit up Lumberyard; go savoury with the bacon-and-cheese Lumberyard Scramble, or sweet with cinnamon-vanilla brioche French toast or decadent ricotta pancakes heaped with bananas, caramel sauce and whipped cream.

 

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this outdoors-loving hotel by Laguna Beach and unpacked their Californian reds, a full account of their relaxing coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Ranch at Laguna Beach in Orange County…

To be honest, we hadn’t expected Laguna Beach to be this green or this pretty; our arrival at boutique resort the Ranch at Laguna Beach quickly changed that. With a backdrop of two canyons, and grounds dotted with perfectly rustic cottages, we almost forget that a white-sand beach is only a five-minute stroll away. Almost. And the golf course is so pretty, we seriously consider taking lessons, but opt instead to spend that valuable time having our shoulder knots eased and our feet made sandal-ready at Sycamore Spa.

Everything we try at dinner, including the suggested wine pairings, is unreasonably good; chef Charles Imbelli knows his way around California comfort food. However, it’s our alfresco breakfast the next morning – during which we have a staring match with a family of deer – that really takes the (pan)cake. Chicken and waffles, creamy grits, fresh-fruit smoothies, breakfast enchiladas and brioche French toast: our dreams will be made of these until our next stay at this relaxed coastal getaway.

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