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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Dana Point, California, USA
8.13.10 - Top Suites of the Southern California Coast: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
CHALLENGE The design challenge was to create a world-class resort which would blend unobtrusively with its setting, a 150-foot-high natural bluff overlooking the Pacific. The hotel had to be large enough to fill all the expectations of a major international destination, but, as mandated by the California Coastal Commission, it could not be more than 185 feet in height.
SOLUTION The design team chose a Spanish Mediterranean style as most suitable for the location. The simplicity of this style complements the bluffs and is typical of the Mission Period of Southern California. To provide the required sense of privacy and exclusivity to guests and neighboring residents, the design forms an 'E' with open legs extending away from the ocean.
SIZE 17.5 acres 393 guestrooms
AMENITIES Four tennis courts; two heated pools; fitness center; 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II-designedgolf course; eight restaurants and lounges; two miles of beachfront
CLIENT W. B. Johnson Properties
OPERATOR The Ritz-Carlton Company LLC