- Let us take your eyelids back in time.
- Let us re-create the recipe from your favorite meal in Paris.
- Let us help you unwind without leaving the city.
- Let us turn a weekend of pampering into a memory you'll be reminded of at every turn.
During my stay, I was fortunate enough to experience one of the ground floor rooms - with a walkout patio overlooking the ocean and a fireplace to enjoy the cool nights. We were thoroughly impressed by the attention to detail from the wall decorations and architectural details to the marble bathroom with jack and jill sinks. I could imagine this room being a wonderful retreat or romantic getaway for even the most demanding guest.
After dropping off our luggage and changing out of our work attire, we chose to venture down the the 180 BLU, one of four bars and eateries on property. This open air restaurant and lounge offers one of the best views of the Laguna/Dana Point areas due to its elevation and uninterrupted line of vision.
To go with our fabulous drinks, we ordered their Ceviche Mixto,
After sitting for another hour enjoying the ambiance, we decided to order their special of the evening, which was their sushi. Their selection was pretty standard, but they delivered high marks in presentation and the freshness of the fish.
To keep us happy all night with the cooling temperature, the Ritz staff walked around passing out fleece blankets to bundle up and stay outside. We graciously accepted them and spent one more hour into the evening listening to the music and breathing in the fresh ocean air.
When we were finally ready to depart, we happily walked back to our room and started our fireplace. (I've included a daytime shot so you can visualize the amazing surrounding and setup!) Shortly after our arrival to the room, there was a knock at the door and a gentleman hands us a large plastic tube full of ingredients - which I soon realized was a smores kit! If you've read my post on the Kimpton Firesky, then you already know how excited I was to find another hotel focused on you enjoying every aspect of your stay.
After feeling satiated, I fell asleep with the patio doors wide open to the ocean. I slept better that night than I had in days, probably due to the wonderfully comfortable beds and the sound of the ocean.
In the morning we called down to room service and requested tea, coffee, and a beautiful sunrise. Although the staff quickly asked what kind of "sunrise" we wanted, they quickly understood our joke and laughed along with us. Talk about a staff aimed to please!
So, we wrapped up our wonderful time at the Ritz and left feeling refreshed and invigorated. I highly suggest that if you ever make it out to the area, try to stay here, or atleast make a pit stop at the 180BLU and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. You will be transported to a place or serene beauty with a staff ready to provide anything you desire.