Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Resort in Dana Point

A longtime OC favorite, this five-star property is perched on a 150ft cliff above the ocean – lovely strolling paths take you there. Sea-blue carpets and crisp white linens in rooms seem to enhance the fabulous views of the coast and ocean. Six dining and drinking options, a spa and daily activities round out the experience for well-heeled travelers.

There's also a $30 resort fee and $40 overnight parking.