Orange County often gets pigeonholed as a family-friendly travel destination because of its most famous attraction, Disneyland. Not that there’s anything wrong spending quality time with the family in OC, it’s just there’s so much more to this place than castles and characters.
Take the city of Newport Beach. Poised on the Pacific just north of Laguna Beach, this charming seaside community hosts some of the best shopping, dining and staying in the area. One of the finest getaways is the gorgeous Island Hotel. Located near stylish Fashion Island and just minutes from the water, this splendid escape enjoys convenient access to local entertainment, but offers plenty of wonderful amenities of its very own.
Recommend Resort: Island Hotel Newport Beach. A huge renovation transformed this several story property into a first-class resort, adding a new touch of luxury to an already posh Orange County coast. With a variety of well-appointed suites, the hotel scores high points for comfort and class. Check out one of the Pacific Suites, with a king-sized bed, two walk out balconies with panoramic ocean views, L’Occitane bath products and plenty of living space.
Check In: 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA. 866-554-4620, islandhotel.com.
Check Out: Palm Terrace Restaurant. Dine with expertise of Chef Bill Braken and enjoy his Small Bite creations paired with an extensive wine list. The service is impeccable and the indoor or outdoor dining options wonderfully romantic.
Don’t Miss: The Spa. 4,000-square feet of relaxing respite await your scheduled appointment. All the usual suspects are available here – massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, body treatments. We recommend going straight for one of the signature rituals, like the two-hour Island Volcanic Detoxifying Therapy – a mix of exfoliation, purifying volcanic clay and balancing foot massage. Yes, please.
Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Island Hotel.