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Exploring Southern California’s Top 10 Seaside Hotels


Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Beach

1. Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

Indulge at Orange County’s most famed ocean-side resort by getting pampered at the Pelican Hill Spa or by partaking in a game of golf along the property’s picturesque landscape. Above all, lounge around in the cabanas before taking a dip in the resort’s Coliseum Pool, the largest circular pool in the world!


Hotel Casa Del Mar
Santa Monica

2. Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica

A regal coastal setting with a contemporary twist, Hotel Casa Del Mar is set apart by the surfing Chef Jason Baldwin! Yes, you can paddle out with the chef himself before tucking into an experience of superb seafood dining. Catch the sunset over the sea and celebrate the little things in life with live music (available every night!).



Four Seasons Resort, the Biltmore
Santa Barbara

3. Four Seasons Resort, the Biltmore, Santa Barbara

We can debate whether the Santa Barbara area is “Southern” California or not, but there’s no arguing over the Four Season’s Biltmore’s charm.  Here you can enjoy surfing, poolside dining and sample local wineries – you can even arrange an exclusive wine tour through the Biltmore at one of the Santa Ynez Valley wineries that’s unavailable to the general public.


Laguna Beach

4. Montage, Laguna Beach

An unforgettable centerpiece adorns the Montage: a mosaic pool lined with cabanas and boasting a panoramic view of the ocean. Treat yourself at the Montage Saloon or at one of their boutique shops. Cleanse your mind, body, and spirit at the acclaimed spa after a jog on the beach or before an exquisite dining extravaganza.



Marina del Rey

5. Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

The imperial Ritz-Carlton offers poolside cabana service, stunning  harbour views and romantic cocktails by the fire pits. For a little action, get out on the tennis courts or rent a bike. For a thrill with minimal effort, set sail!




Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach
Santa Monica

6. Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Iconic and darling, Shutters on the Beach is where “nothing stands between you and the sand.” Its casual elegance and laid-back charisma provide serenity within the mayhem that is Los Angeles. Spoil your senses at the seaside restaurant, get your wellness on with their spa and fitness amenities or rent a bike to explore the Santa Monica Pier.



Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dana Point

7. Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point

Sophisticated and timeless, the Ritz Carlton at Dana Point outdoes itself with waterfront vistas. As you re-energize at the fitness centre, peek out at the ocean through wall-size windows. Alternatively, step out for a saunter along the private beach before returning for a glass of red on the balcony bar.


Canary Hotel
Santa Barbara

8. Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara

A Conde Naste Reader’s Choice, the Canary Hotel distinguishes itself with Spanish architecture, in-room spa services and a rooftop pool. Best of all, this boutique luxury hotel allows pets – so every member of the family gets to share the experience.


Surf & Sand Resort
Laguna Beach

9. Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach

Another OC resort to steal your heart, Surf & Sand is like a quaint European village with high standards of service and taste. Sink into the Jacuzzi, splash around the outdoor pool, or venture into the Pacific Ocean.




Beach House Hotel
Hermosa Beach

10. Beach House Hotel, Hermosa Beach

Simplicity at its finest, this boutique beach house hotel is a calming waterfront home without the fuss of most luxury accommodations. Take a fifteen minute stroll to Redondo Beach or bike to Manhattan Beach by day, and enjoy the bar and restaurant scene by night. You may also like the Beach House Hotel’s sister location: Beach House Half Moon Bay.


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