Gold List 2009
Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California
1 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Tel: 949 240 2000
Fax: 949 240 0829
Fifteen minutes south of Laguna Beach, this sprawling Mediterranean-inspired resort sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic vistas of the Pacific. Rooms have "mirrored closets and marble baths, soft towels and softer linens, and stunning views." Restaurant 162, located 162 feet above sea level, "might be the best restaurant on the West Coast," with "succulent swordfish" and "Ritz-Carlton's signature macaroni and cheese with truffle oil. Yum."
Also featured on the: Gold List for 2005, Gold List for 2006, Gold List for 2007, Gold List for 2008, Gold List for 2010, Gold List for 2011
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