Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Beautiful Views...Beautiful Golf!

You want swank? You got it. Try The Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, CA on for size. Their luxurious guest rooms will make you spit at four star establishments. Their staff is friendly, courteous and attentive to every single detail. Each person you meet will likely call you by name and when you pick up your car from the valet, you'll find complimentary bottles of Fiji water waiting on you. The guestrooms? Unreal. Tastefully appointed, they come off more as beachside bungalows then they do hotel rooms. Perfectly painted bead board and the most incredible baths make these rooms aesthetically gorgeous. The beds and linens make you never want to leave.

Be prepared to pay for this kind of experience though. The Montage comes with a price tag, and a hefty one at that. Rooms start around $750 per night, but seriously, The Montage is worth every single penny.

Hungry? No need to go to downtown Laguna Beach. Five star dining is only a press of an elevator button away. Ding. For lunch, you must sit down at the bar at The Loft Bistro on the fourth floor. Have the lobster bisque and the pulled pork sliders (pulled pork with coleslaw and double-dipped crispy red onions on buttermilk rolls) and thank me later. If you're interested in scotches or whiskeys, ask the guys behind the bar. They're extremely knowledgeable. When dinner rolls around, Studio (their on-site formal restaurant) offers no contemporaries. Pan seared wild black bass or the Summerfield Farms veal loin with Dijon-crusted sweetbreads will do just fine. Be prepared though, you will spend $100 per person and you'll need to make reservations well in advance for that opportunity.

After dinner, the hotel lobby offers the perfect environment in which to relax. A huge fireplace sets the tone as the cool Pacific Coast breeze blows in through the gigantic open-air balcony that overlooks the coastline and the resort's gorgeous pool area. This is a perfect place to watch the sun set. The lobby bar is a great place to hang out and meet new people, and Steve Siu on the piano (taking requests I might add) keeps the party going.

Looking to play a little golf while you'’re in town? Head directly for Monarch Beach Golf Links. After you plunk down your $175 ($210 on the weekends) you will enjoy a breathtaking 4.5 hours of golf that winds you through the incredible coast of Dana Point. From the back tees the course plays a challenging 6052 yards. Though not terribly long the course challenges you with winds and quick greens. Be sure to have one of the snack bar attendees make you one of their fabulous peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, on wheat of course. After your round, retire to Club 19 for one of the best grilled hamburgers you'’ll ever taste.

Maybe you'’ve spent all of your bankroll on The Montage but you'’d still like to hit the links? Try Aliso Creek Golf Club. It'’s a charming 9-hole executive course (Par 32) that'’s nestled in a beautiful valley. It'’s not Augusta, but it's a ton of fun at a very reasonable price ($30 for 18 holes with a cart).

If you find yourself in beautiful Laguna Beach I hope you take srecommendationsecomendations.

Review by Chris T.
See how he rolls at the Thomas Report.


At 1:28 PM, Blogger Tuesday said...

Great review Chris. Though the Montage Resort may be a little out of my league right now the golf looks great. Anytime you can golf along either coast do it!

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Smitty said...

Wow Chris, sounds like you were living in the lap of luxury for a few days. I bet your wife loved it!

The Montage Resort sounds like a world-class establishment. A hotel right on the Pacific Ocean is actually a little hard to find from what I hear, so while the price is high, I'm sure it is worth it.

Thanks for the tip on staying at the hotel to eat. Why leave when great food is just an elevator away?

Kudos on the review!


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