Just in time for its 15th birthday, Montage Laguna Beach received the ultimate gift, by resort standards: It was one of only eight elite properties in the United States to be awarded a trio of five stars (for the hotel, restaurant and spa) by Forbes Travel Guide for 2018. Here, five ways to toast its anniversary in style. Rates from $695 per night, 30801 Coast Highway, 866.271.6953
With a refreshed look and new food and beverage options, the Lobby Lounge is a lively gathering spot for guests and locals. Stake your claim on one of the cozy couches or plush armchairs, then order a delicious pastry like pain au chocolat to nibble alongside your morning coffee. In the evenings, the Lobby offers a sophisticated wine list, along with specialty cocktails and mocktails.
Indulge in a customized body treatment with the Elements of Wellness therapy (90 minutes for $355, 120 minutes for $445) at Spa Montage Laguna Beach. You’ll meet with a master therapist who will gauge your body’s imbalances to recommend a personalized therapy to include a blend of massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and more. Plus, get access to the gorgeous spa pool for the day with any treatment.
Forks Over Knives
Taste vegetables like never before at fine dining restaurant Studio, which launched a delightful vegetarian tasting menu this spring ($140 per person, $225 with wine selections, $325 with grand wine tasting). Executive chef Craig Strong embraces quintessential SoCal cuisine with elegant, beautiful dishes such as crimson beet tartare or celerini alfredo with celery root noodles and truffles.
Beginning July 5, the outdoor Mosaic Bar and Grille has live entertainment Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 9pm. The melodies of local acoustic guitar performers meld perfectly with the rolling sea to help you relax and unwind. Order cocktails and appetizers, like duck taquitos or yellowfin tiradito, and soak in the sounds.
In a need of a special present or just want to treat yourself? Head to The Shops at Spa Montage, a collection of three boutiques featuring exclusive lines of international perfumes, clothing and one-of-a-kind gifts. Scoop up items like a cool-blue bikini from Vitamin A (by California native Amahlia Stevens), boho-chic jewelry from Hayley Style or Lori Jack flip-flops embellished with Swarovski crystals through the Summer Designer Series.