Drop In At One of These Swanky Orange County Hotels for the Holidays
Written by: Marie Spada These Ho-Ho-Hotels Will Make This Holiday Season Your Best One Yet
Whether you are looking to vacation in beautiful Orange County or are an OC local, we can all agree on one thing — perfect year-round weather makes this SoCal destination one of the most fun to explore. Fortunately, there are plenty of incredible Orange County hotels for the holidays that match our simultaneously laidback and luxurious lifestyle, and they cater to both vacationers and locals alike. With amazing restaurants, world-class spas and a variety of amenities that cater to your every wish, these hotels are hands down the best in the OC. Each one of these hotels is doing something unique for the holidays, with events running from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, so take a look to see which is your ideal locale this holiday season!
Paséa Hotel & Spa
For a paradisal getaway in your own backyard, give yourself the gift of staying at Paséa Hotel & Spa this holiday season. Paséa’s Balinese-inspired spa will transport you to another world, while any of their 250 luxurious rooms and suites will bring you back to the comfort of home. No need to overindulge this season with the organic goods and products served at Blend Café. Though, if you want to partake in the flavors and smells of the holiday season, Tanner’s dishes out decadent meals to guests—all with a view of the magical Pacific Ocean.
Paséa Hotel & Spa has all you need to experience California’s winter months to the fullest. Their Shop, Stay, & Play at Pacific City package grants guests complimentary valet at the hotel and discounts not found elsewhere for shops at Pacific City. Head to Aarna Spa to beat the winter chill of SoCal and take advantage of their Winter Warm Up package. Indulge in an 80-minute massage, extended checkout time, 15 percent off of spa treatments and retail and leave with the gift of their ESPA Optimal Skin Introductory Collection. Tanner’s will also be serving up a lamb and prime rib specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. For a hassle free evening out of the kitchen, spend it with friends and family at Paséa Hotel & Spa.
Native Knowledge: ‘Tis the season for proposals! Paséa Hotel & Spa is the perfect venue for an oceanfront wedding of your dreams. After a romantic proposal on the beach, or from the stunning seating at Tanner’s, make sure to continue the memories at Paséa and book your celebration of a lifetime.
Paséa Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
If you’re looking for a fun, modern place that allows you to seamlessly transition back and forth from business to pleasure, Hotel Irvine is where you need to be. This simultaneously chic and family-friendly hotel is the perfect spot for getting away with the family. With its central location, guests can conveniently access shops, stores and more. The vibrant colors provide you with the energetic feel you need to start your day, complimentary Wi-Fi helps you stay up-to-date and a free breakfast ensures you stay energized for family-friendly activities. With the SoCal Holiday Escape Plan, you can book a standard room or suite and Hotel Irvine will throw in a dinner for four at their wildly popular restaurant, EATS Kitchen and Bar.
Not sure if you want to cook this Christmas? Hotel Irvine can prepare your holiday meal for you to come pick up at your convenience, or you can bring the whole family and enjoy the Christmas three-course prix fixe meal at EATS Kitchen & Bar on Sunday, December 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Also, from December 12-23, the kitchen will be preparing specialty dishes that follow the theme of “Twelve Days of Christmas, ” so be sure to swing by and try one of these delicious creations.
Native Knowledge: To wrap up 2016 and ring in 2017, spend your New Year’s Eve at Red Bar from 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Pop champagne, sip on craft cocktails and dance the night away! Tickets start at $25.
17900 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92614
866.396.4210 | www.hotelirvine.com/holidays
Shorebreak Hotel allows you to kick back in surfer style during the day, or party it up on Main Street at night. Being just steps away from the Huntington Beach sand gives you instant access to the beach, and you can enjoy a night of fun on their vibrant patio (and even play ping pong). The amenities at Shorebreak are perfect for vacationers and stay-cationers alike. They have beach cruisers and all of your beach necessities (including children’s toys) available for rental, and even a Beach Ambassador that can accommodate almost any request. The hotel is dog-friendly, and happens to be right next to the dog-friendly beach. Bonus for the pups: they have a special Dog Menu filled with gourmet treats. Back to the humans… Let it be known that Shorebreak knows how to throw a party—and what better time to throw a party than during the holidays? Let Shorebreak throw your company or family holiday party with packages for parties of 25 and up, 50 and up, and 100 and up.
Native Knowledge: During the holiday season, you can host your holiday gathering at Shorebreak and stay for just $129 a night, plus a free bottle of wine!
500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.861.4470 | www.shorebreakhotel.com
The Island Hotel is a mere stones throw from Fashion Island. Ready to shop? With a bevy of amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour in-room dining, in-house dry cleaning, a full-service business center, and much more, The Island Hotel has everything you need for a worry-free stay. Try out their restaurant, Oak Grill, if you’re looking for California classics with a contemporary twist. For wine-lovers, this restaurant is ideal with their extensive wine list. Feel like partying a little longer? Head to Aqua Lounge and enjoy handcrafted cocktails right at your table, plush seating or their outdoor patio and keep the party going until 1:00 a.m.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Oak Grill will be preparing a special Christmas menu. Come see the unveiling of Chef Andy de la Cruz’s interpretation of the classic Newport Beach bungalow, all made out of gingerbread and candy. For shopping needs, see about the Holiday Shop ‘Til You Drop Package, which includes a $50 gift certificate to Fashion Island, complimentary valet, and $35 Hotel Credit. Continue the party on New Year’s Eve at Oak Grill for dinner, dance all night long at their Black & White New Year’s Eve party at Aqua Lounge, and soak it all up with brunch the next day at Oak Grill.
Native Knowledge: The Island Hotel is less than six miles from John Wayne Airport, which means you can hit the groun
690 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.759.0808 | www.islandhotel.com
Montage Laguna Beach
Montage is located right in the heart of Laguna Beach, and boasts gorgeous ocean views as it rests on top of a beautiful coastal bluff. Covering over thirty acres of oceanfront property, this hotel is romantic and decadent (each room has an ocean view). Try a caviar facial or two-hour yoga session on the beach or treat yourself to a massage or one of their couples-only spa treatments. The Montage has three restaurants, so you can explore a wide array of delicious flavors throughout your stay. Their holiday specials going this year include the Holiday Shopping Spree Package, which grants you $60 breakfast credit at The Loft or room service, a $100 gift certificate to South Coast Plaza, a VIP Savings Passport and More!
Native Knowledge: The Spa at the Montage is 20, 000 square feet. Talk about a temple of relaxation and luxury!
30801 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
866.271.6953 | www.montagehotels.com
Surf and Sand
The Surf and Sand is just 500 feet off of Laguna Beach’s beautiful coastline. This resort is well-suited for a family of four or a couple looking for a romantic getaway. The crowned jewel of the Surf and Sand is their beachfront pool, which offers luxurious cabanas, plush chaise-lounges, and a poolside bar. As Laguna Beach is an artist’s town, this pool features a scenic tile mural created by a local artist. The spa, Aquaterra, offers customized skin care and massages, in-room bath treatments, couples treatments, and more. Their restaurant Splashes will also be serving up a special menu for Christmas.
Native Knowledge: You can catch the trolley right outside of Surf and Sand for free trolley rides throughout Laguna Beach.
1555 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
855.690.7114 | www.surfandsandresort.com
Hyatt Huntington Beach
Kick your feet up in Surf City, USA at the Hyatt Huntington Beach. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, this Spanish-style hotel is dreamy. Watertable, their new gastropub, was recently named as one of the top 100 restaurants in America, making it a stop you just can’t miss. This hotel is also ideal for the fitness junkie, as their gym features state-of-the-art equipment as well as bikes for rent. This Huntington Beach hot spot also has an array of events going on this holiday season. Their Watertable Restaurant will also be serving up dinner on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Get your visit with Santa in as he surfs in and meets with guests at the hotel, munch on some s’mores, and get your picture taken. Celebrate the New Year at Watertable Restaurant, and be granted access to their New Year’s Eve after party event. If you dine at Watertable, tickets are $20, and $30 without dining. The theme will be all white with champagne bottle service, music and dancing all night!
Native Knowledge: The Hyatt offers the Hyatt’s Babies Travel Lite program, which allows you to pre-order all of the things your little bundle of joy needs for a comfortable stay, with everything from baby formula to travel beds and strollers.
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.698.1234 | www.huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com
Another coastal beauty is The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, which sits atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the coast. The Ritz Carlton features 15 eco-excursions, ranging from whale watching to classes on sustainable gardening in the resort’s organic garden. The resort also offers adventures specifically for children, or for the whole family, so feel free to bring your whole team. If you’re looking for a romantic holiday getaway with your special someone, try their Romance All Year Long package which includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
This year, The Ritz-Carlton is also hosting several holiday events for you and your family. Nov. 21 marked the first day of the Holiday Surfboard Auction, with bidding ending December 31. Swing by and check out all of the amazing boards on display for this eighth annual event! Throughout the season guests visiting the resort are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids, or canned goods and other non-perishables to be donated to the Orange County Rescue Mission. For a relaxing holiday tradition, try Holiday Afternoon Tea at Raya. Sip on comforting tea and munch on canapés and sweets while looking out at the beautiful ocean.
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000 | www.ritzcarlton.com
Balboa Bay Resort
The luxurious Balboa Bay Resort covers 15 acres of waterfront property facing the beautiful Balboa Bay, and offers a bevy of amenities that will ensure you’ll be back to experience more of this gorgeous hotel. Their heated pool is ideal for a lap workout or lounging. If you feel like getting out on the water, Balboa Bay Resort even offers Duffy boat rentals. Enjoy some of the best seafood around at their renowned restaurant, Waterline Newport Beach, or keep it casual at their waterfront gastropub, A&O Kitchen+Bar.
For a truly spectacular event, head to Balboa Bay Resort for the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade with the boats passing by at around 7:50 p.m. Enjoy in a delicious meal at Waterline from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and take in all of the beautiful sights! If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner with your family, head to Balboa Bay Resort for a delicious five-course meal that is sure to leave you full of cheer (and a scrumptious meal).
Ring in the New Year with Balboa Bay Resort. They will be hosting a five-course dinner at Waterline, and then continue the New Year’s Eve celebration, which will include more great food, cocktails and dancing! If you’re looking to get a little more dolled up, attend their New Year’s Dine & Celebrate event and dance your heart out to popular party band, Tijuana Dogs. Treat yourself the next day at their New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch with bottomless champagne at Waterline.
Native Knowledge: Balboa Bay Resort has event space that can cater to any style party of your choosing, with everything from outdoor terraces to their Grand Ballroom, which has stunning 18-foot ceilings and five crystal chandeliers!
1221 W Coast Hwy
Newport Beach, CA 92663
888.445.7153 | www.balboabayresort.com
The Resort at Pelican Hill
This Italian-style coastal oasis has gorgeous Palladian architecture and stunning hand-cut tiles. Enjoy their beautiful Pelican Hill Golf Club, relax at The Spa at Pelican Hill, and dine in one of their six restaurants.
Sip on tea and snack on savory and sweet bites at their Yuletide Tea event, held Fridays through Sundays now until Dec. 25, and feel free to bring the little ones, because Santa will be stopping by and taking requests!On Dec. 11 and 17, bring the kids to the Children’s Gingerbread House Decorating event, and learn how to make your best gingerbread house with Pelican Hill’s own pastry chef!
On Christmas Day, Pelican Hill has a variety of options for you to celebrate. The Ballroom will be serving brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a classical harpist playing, Santa Claus photos, cupcake decorating and other children’s entertainment program. Pelican Grill will also be serving Christmas Eve dinner, complete with entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. Overlook the beautiful Pacific Coast at the Coliseum Pool & Grill from 7 a.m-noon, with their a la carte being served from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Native Knowledge: Of course, Pelican Hill will also be hosting several New Year’s Eve parties as well, with an event in the Great Room Social Lounge, which will include a live DJ, handcrafted cocktails, a balloon pop and complimentary Prosecco toast.
22701 S Pelican Hill Rd
Newport Coast, CA 92657
855.467.6800 | www.pelicanhill.com
La Casa Del Camino
Open since 1929, this Laguna Beach hideaway has been a favorite amongst Hollywood elite for nine decades. With the beach tucked away in the backyard of this boutique hotel, you can’t go wrong when selecting this Mediterranean-style gem as your vacation (or staycation) destination. Try K’ya Bistro for your holiday celebrations with friends and family, as they encourage sharing style dining at this Mediterranean delight. Catch a beautiful sunset at The Rooftop Lounge, which offers seating specifically for sunset viewing and offers one of the best happy hours in Laguna Beach. If you’re a whiskey lover, or have one in your family, then don’t miss their Marine Room Tavern, which features over 150 Whiskies and live music performances every night of the week!
Native Knowledge: La Casa Del Camino rented rooms for only $3 when it first opened in 1929! Talk about a good deal!
1289 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
855.634.5736 | www.lacasadelcamino.com
Monarch Beach Resort
This Dana Point sanctuary is the ideal location for all things luxe. Featuring a renowned golf course, relaxing yoga sessions, private beach, and a plethora of other indoor and outdoor wellness activities for their guests, the Monarch Beach Resort is a true destination spot for locals and vacationers alike. Step out onto your private balcony to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Dana Point, and enjoy their plush bedding, relaxing color scheme, and tranquil environment. Their restaurant, Stonehill Tavern, is the ideal locale for the wino in the group, as they feature over 500 of the finest wines. Trade in your snowy weather for a sandy toes with their Winter Sandy-land Package, and soak up the sun in Dana Point! This package is ideal for families, as it includes fun holiday activities, such as their “snowman” sand building kit, nightly milk and cookies provided at turndown, breakfast for two adults, and complimentary kids meals.
Native Knowledge: A bartender at the St. Regis New York is the mastermind behind the Bloody Mary! In 1934, he created a blend of tomato juice, vodka, and spices that has since become one of the most popular drinks to date!
1 Monarch Beach Resort North
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3200 | www.stregismb.com
Laguna Cliffs Marriott
The Laguna Cliffs Marriott allows you to plan your dream vacation right in the heart of Dana Point. With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, this hotel has all you need for the perfect California vacation. The Laguna Cliffs Marriott is ideal for families, as it has activities and events just for kids, and even has a family-friendly Splash Zone pool so you can get wild in the water! Take advantage of their beautiful spa, fitness center, and fine dining at The Vue restaurant for the ultimate experience in total wellness.
On Sunday, Dec. 11, make sure to stop by Vue Restaurant for breakfast with Santa—chocolate fountain included! There will be photos with Santa available, holiday cookie decorating and a movie on to enjoy. Vue Restaurant will also be hosting Christmas eve and day dining specials for the entire family.
Native Knowledge: The Laguna Cliffs Marriott has over 50, 000 square feet of event space to rent out, making it a great option for those big company holiday fiestas!
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.661.5000 | www.lagunacliffs.com
C H E C K I N G /// In For the Holidays.