Surf's up, travelers! The waves are big, the weather is perfect and Taco Tuesdays are mandatory. There's no place like Southern California for an incomparable getaway with its vast coastline of beaches and its array of award-winning resorts. Treat yourself to prized California wines, a round of golf at well-manicured golf courses, or a day at a world-famous theme park; whatever you desire, California has it all.
With luxury at the forefront of California lifestyle, these top five hotels have made our list of favorites for hotels with Pacific Ocean views. Superior luxury meets laid back beachside living at each of these properties.
Here are our picks for the top five hotels in Southern California:
Monarch Beach Resort: Five-star luxury awaits at Monarch Beach Resort located in the beautiful city of Dana Point, California. As one of the most esteemed resorts along the coast, the hotel features three swimming pools, an exclusive private beach club and luxurious accommodations. Spa Gaucin, the onsite spa has been voted one of the "Top 25 Hotel Spas in the World" by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Monarch Beach Resort is the perfect retreat for travelers of all generations.
One Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
Monarch Beach Resort
Hotel Del Coronado: A quintessential San Diego vacation destination with its iconic red turrets and beachfront location, Hotel del Coronado radiates Victorian splendor and timeless elegance. The resort has long been known as a staple among travelers and locals and is heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts. Recently, Coronado was named No. 1 Best Beach in America for 2012 by Florida International University professor and coastal expert, Stephen P. Leatherman. Hotel del Coronado offers something for everyone from romantic couples packages, to family activities to unique surroundings for business conferences.
1500 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel: A name synonymous with affluence, Ritz-Carltons are known for their time-honored standard of excellence and service. Its no wonder The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is known among the best Laguna hotels and resorts for its serene and sophisticated presence atop a 150-foot bluff. For 28 years the resort has been serving guests with its timeless elegance and redefined style. It's location offers easy access to art galleries, restaurants, and idyllic attractions.
One Ritz-Carlton Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
The Retreat In Laguna: Located on one of California’s most beautiful coastlines in Orange County, The Retreat in Laguna boasts private villas, an intimate Tuscany-esque village environment, and just blocks away from historic downtown art galleries, shopping and restaurants. At the heart of the village is its “village square,” a well-appointed ocean view deck where guests can enjoy some wine and cheese at sunset with villa neighbors. Each villa overlooks the sparkling Pacific Ocean waters below and come with full size kitchens, setting it apart from other Laguna Beach vacation rentals.
729 Gaviota Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tower23 Hotel: TOWER23 Hotel, a stylish and contemporary urban resorts, is positioned on Pacific Beach in the center of the San Diego beach culture. TOWER23 Hotel's approach to luxury is refreshingly minimalist but playful with the natural elements as its backdrop. Tower Deck, located on the second floor of the hotel, exclusively for hotel guests, their guests is the hottest scene at the beach for creative cocktails, appetizing eats, and cool music. Relax and experience San Diego like a local in the heart of the beach.
723 Felspar Street
San Diego, CA 92109