Montage Laguna Beach Resort and Spa: A Picture Perfect 5 Star Retreat

If there is a such a thing as a picture perfect weekend getaway from the hustle of Los Angeles, then the Montage Laguna Beach is the the place. Not only is it an easy drive down the 405, with a direct route (approximately 55 miles) but you can escape from L.A. without really going far.

This hidden resort gem located off the main drag is prime real estate with 30 acres of oceanfront and the bonus of a drop dead gorgeous, multimillion dollar view from every room.The piece de la resistance is the beyond-luxe 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage and the new offering of Elements of Wellness. This resourceful program is designed for those seeking to incorporate pleasurable and healthful activities into their luxury vacation getaways. With everyone from Los Angeles seeking more creative healthy escapes, the Montage Laguna wins thumbs up for best in spa menu offerings. The best bet is that you can customize your “personal wellness journey with the help of a spa concierge and choose from a series of experiences in three distinct categories: Indulge, Energize, and Reconnect.”

If you only have a weekend to spare, choose the most indulgent spa treatment for almost 2 hours. Here’s the info most aptly described in the spa menu.

120 minutes & up • $425+
Elevate your wellness to a new level by experiencing the best that spa science and ancient wisdom can offer. In this customized body balancing experience,a Master Therapist selects from a spectrum of spa therapies such as massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, dermatome therapy, water therapies, thalassotherapy, or manual lymphatic drainage. A customized treatment is then developed to address your specific concerns and wellness goals and set you on a path of ultimate wellbeing and vitality.

When you choose from the buffet of services, you get to spend some time lounging by the spa pool (no kids), brave the hot and cold plunge, swam laps in the perfect year round temperature pool of 82 degrees and you’ll feel like you were far away from the maddening crowds. The Montage Laguna two other outdoor pools, including a custom mosaic-tiled pool, and a children’s pool.

This spa for all seasons resort is a gift you can give yourself, a loved one and maybe the whole family with all kinds of activities for the wee ones, too. The main attraction is the beach and pools. If you love water sports, and outdoor recreation you can splash in the three pools, ocean or just stroll along the quiet beach. Check out the local surfers scoring surging waves or enjoy house hunting for your future dream beach pad cliffhanging from the bluffs over the surf. Especially for the kids, who will enjoy the beach directly out front, called Treasure Island and has soft sand. To the right you’ll find tide pools, full of marine life. You can get a close up look at starfish, purple sea urchins and sea anemones. Just don’t touch since it’s strictly prohibited.There are a variety of beach and water sports activities offered. The most popular is renting standup paddle boards.

The minute you step into the lobby lounge, you are high above the surf and may become awestruck by the stunning whitewater views and artfully appointed pool below. No matter what season, spending the day hanging out bluffside just watching the wildlife can be an exciting event. Even the Seagulls are more friendly here! While dining out on your own private patio with the spectacular views you may have a close encounter with one of the cheeky scavengers who can be counted on to ‘clean your plate’. They know the right places to hang out, since this resort always makes the best “dressed" list in Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast and Robb Resort Exceptional Properties.

This is truly the epitome of casual elegance, with a boutique designer feel that rivals any world class property. Comfort is king, and service is the best in all categories. The well trained staff goes above and beyond to meet your every need. From check in to check out, everyone feels like a star this is beyond 5 Stars resort when all the key elements are counted.

Personal Note:When I stepped away for a second from my in room dining on my private balcony (Jonathan Livingston) Seagull swooped down to sneak some of my hors d’oeuvres. I called room service and they immediately brought me up a new serving!

Oh, if you haven't guessed by now, the setting is spectacular for weddings or any special event or occasion. And if you don't have anything special to celebrate, just go and book a stay, you'll be celebrating the fact that there is such a place like this to go to when you need to feel like everything's right in this world! ( just skip the offering of the newspaper paper at your door in the morning and take time out from CNN and even Facebook unless you want to make your friends jealous!)

With all of the awards and accolades yearly, from the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating (2012-2015),Condé Nast Traveler “Top 100 US Resort Spas” (2013, 2014) and a long list of others, including Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating (2012-2015), Coastal Living “10 Best Beach Hotels in the World” (2015)to Coastal Living “14 Best Beach Hotel Views” (2015). You owe it to yourself to experience this resort and get it off your bucket list!

If you’re into celebrity spotting, rumor has it that Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame was spotted in February. There are so many OC types that look like the "Real Housewives” it’s difficult to know who’s who. The resort is popular with top stars who enjoy the small boutique feel without the crowds. But every guest is treated like a star at this beyond 5 Star resort.

If you're dreaming of the perfect holiday escape but cannot splurge this season, you'll be happy to know that you can visit the public beach which is right next door to the resort! So if you're seeking a refuge from your hectic life, plan a visit to the area and spend the day on the beach as if you were a guest, and experience it all without having to break your piggy bank!

Remember, you can always  choose to make any experience feel like a 5 Star one,without spending  extra! Sign up and follow my blog to learn how to Live the 5 Star Life......without limits.....on any budget.

Happy Holidays, sending you all many blessings and magical fun surprises. Get ready for 2016, where we'll be sharing some secret tips to live your dreams NOW!

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