Relaxation, The Americas
Beachfront Luxury in Laguna Beach
By Christen McCluney
Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves crashing against the surf. Now imagine stepping onto your balcony and seeing palm trees and the pacific ocean. Then add to that great dining and a Mediterranean-style spa right outside your door.
Enter Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA. The nine-story resort resembles a washed Mediterranean village and has been transformed since it opened in 1948 as a beachside motor lodge. The resort has 154 airy beachfront rooms, 13 suites and offers three lodging options depending on how you want to see the ocean. The towers building offers ocean front panoramic views. The surfside building offers ocean front views and the seaview building offers guests a view of the ocean and the resort pool area. Each room also offers guests a private balcony, marble and granite bathrooms and wonderful amenities including Philosophy products.
The resort also has a beautiful Mediterranean spa, Aquaterra, which not only offers traditional spa services but has a eucalyptus steam room, an outdoor garden style jacuzzi, and a co-ed relaxation area with a fireplace.
The beachfront pool area offers bar service, cabanas and chaise lounge chairs along with access to the beach, where you can take a swim in the ocean, if the pool or hot tub aren’t your thing.
There are also many dining options including Splashes Restaurant where you have direct access to the beach and 15FiftyFive Bar and Lounge where you can enjoy cocktails next to a fire-pit and watch the sunset on the pacific.
The hotel is also walking distance from downtown Laguna Beach, where along with the public beach areas you can find everything from galleries, to restaurants, to boutiques.
In 2012 Surf and Sand was named on Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels list and in 2013 received a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award. After staying there for a week I can see why.
If you ever find your way to Southern California and are in need of relaxation or a romantic getaway, this is the place for you.
SURF & SAND RESORT
1555 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tel: (877) 741-5908
By day Christen is social media manager for a global corporation, when not doing that she's planning her next adventure. Her interest in travel began as a child skimming through her dads world atlas and peaked at the tender age of 13, when she became an exchange student. Her passions, outside of travel, include community (global) service, music, writing, the arts, and trying to help people live their best lives.