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More than a massage

A banquet of spa packages awaits you at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Spa in Laguna Niguel.

By Kimberly A. Porrazzo
Published: February 01, 2012

A trip to the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel, is so much more than a trip to any spa. As (forgive me) ‘ritzy’ as the spa itself is, it is the sum of all aspects of the luxury resort that make up your experience. From the polished valet attendant to the elegant entry and hotel lobby, the pampering begins as soon as you arrive.
To get the most from your spa day, plan to arrive early enough to take it all in. Stroll through the grand hallway that connects the lobby to an ocean-view bar. Pause to appreciate the art that graces the walls. Consider indulging in a champagne cocktail in the Bar Raya lounge, and take in the view from this AAA Five Diamond resort perched atop a bluff in picturesque Laguna Niguel. All of the hotel’s lux amenities set the stage for what will be a wonderfully pampering experience in the spa.
It’s located just off of the hotel’s pool. Arrive well in advance of your appointment so that you can take advantage of the fitness center, complete with state-of-the-art equipment and a panoramic view of the ocean from a wall of windows. Consider the 9 a.m. yoga class to begin de-stressing. Or, get in a strength workout by joining the 10 a.m. Pilates class.
The spa boasts both a eucalyptus steam room and a dry heat sauna, which should be enjoyed prior to a massage or facial. The showers are equipped with multiple showerheads at varying levels, as well as a rain showerhead on the ceiling. Relax with chilled cucumber slices and fresh white washcloths.
Just as you’d expect at one of the most glam resorts in the region, there are dozens of crystal chandeliers throughout, including one in each of the 12 treatment rooms. And the cool color palette of aqua and beige reflect the inspiration of the ocean.
Just in time for winter, the spa menu offers a variety of replenishing treatments at a special price through February. Try the 50-minute Pear Fig Polishing Peel facial, which uses pear enzymes and jojoba beads to rejuvenate the skin ($150). Pair the experience with a 50-minute Deep Forest Massage (also $150), which utilizes pine, fir and evergreen to cleanse and soothe. ritzcarlton.com

Fact: You can book a Ritz-Carlton Spa Getaway – which includes overnight ac-commodations, one 60-minute Ritz-Carlton signature facial or massage, and resort fees. Package starts at $525.