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The Suite Life
From fabulous new spa treatments to out-of-this-world packages, the most luxurious resorts on the SoCal Riviera have it all—so why leave?
Gillian Flynn, Amy Finley, Kristen Schott and Carrie Storke Williams | Photo: Courtesy Images | April 24, 2013
The Inn Crowd
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is embarking on a serious refresher course with plans to open a new spa and update the restaurant under the (twinkly) eyes of chef Todd Allison. The $12 million remodel, set to be unveiled this summer, is capitalizing on the property’s casual sophistication. Rooms are being remodeled under two design themes: country elegance and starlet nostalgia. The spa will boast six treatment rooms, along with indoor-outdoor relaxation spaces. Our fave: A new equestrian program offers a Ride and Dine event, where al fresco dining takes place in the Tie-up Grove. Prices start at $199 per night, theinnatranchosantafe.com
Relax, Just Do It!
Indulge in a yogi’s dream: lodging in a luxurious Rancho Valencia casita, with days spent sun-saluting on the infinity-pool-perched yoga pavilion under the tutelage of on-site practice pro Katie Brauer. The resort’s meditation on well-being is rounded out with hikes, spa experiences, fresh-pressed juices to energize and revitalize, and private nutritional consultations designed to make you feel as good as the recently refreshed Rancho Santa Fe resort looks. Prices start at $699 per night, ranchovalencia.com
Putting on the Ritz
The ultimate in destination dining? Book an exclusive Club Level room (with your own dedicated concierge!) at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. You’ll be plied with culinary offerings throughout the day, but save room for new executive chef Pedro Contreras’s cooking at enoSTEAK. The pasture-raised, grass-fed beef arrives with signature butters like black summer truffle. Oh, and the amuse-bouche of duck pâté and grilled bread is served on a flattened wine bottle created by SoCal artist Elizabeth Gurklys. Prices start at $745 per night, ritzcarlton.com/lagunaniguel
Our must for Memorial Day weekend? Hitting the pool at Laguna Beach’s hippest resort, the Surf and Sand, for its Swim and Sip Bloody Mary Bar. Mix your potion on the pool deck—you get a choice of vodka and a range of accoutrements (think hot sauces, olives, pickles, celery and bacon). Then, soak up the sun. Prices start at $445 per night, surfandsandresort.com
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