March 6, 2019


The Mister and I had a little bit of a dilemma for our anniversary this year. We wanted to do something special of course, but this is the first time we would have a furry tag-along with us so we needed to stay local. And was Freddie Friendly too! The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel not only ticked all those boxes, they helped make our anniversary an amazing one!

The property has the advantage of being right by the ocean with gorgeous beaches so it’s paradise, yet just an hour’s drive for us. And the staff did their utmost to ensure we enjoyed our experience. And I really mean “we”. When we checked in and walked into our room, Freddie was thrilled to find his own bed, a couple toys and his own hand-painted bowls waiting for him. It’s no surprise that a happy puppy means happy guests and the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel fully celebrate that fact!

We spent our first evening enjoying a spectacular sunset with drinks and small bites at 180BLU and it couldn’t have been more romantic. We started the next day with a morning walk by the beach. And the rest of the day was all about the pool while Freddie made some friends so he had a blast chasing them around while playing catch! After he was all tired out, he took a nice long nap and we made our way to dinner at one of the property’s restaurants, Raya.

I have always said that a great hotel is all about the staff and Raya has some real gems on their team. Dinner was delicious and we were so expertly taken care of by Daniel, Billy and Rosa. Daniel was funny, sweet and just a delight as he went over every delectable dish. He made us feel so special and his attention to detail really enhanced our celebration! He was ready with the perfect wine to pair with every bite and when we had trouble choosing just one dessert from our favorite 3, he saved us a tough decision by bringing all 3 out for us! Amazing!

Naturally, we hated to leave because we loved our time at the resort so much. And I want to thank everyone at the property who made our stay such a great one. We can’t wait to return and being so close, it’s not going to be too long till we are enjoying that sunset again.