Peaceful, Private and Restful Retreat

3321323371_f314a2e664_o“We were looking for a peaceful, private and restful retreat. This is the place! It is completely upgraded in every small detail- a style that is a mix between Tuscany and Art Deco. Our room overlooked the gorgeous sunsets, dolphins and surf. We easily walked to the beach, abundant shopping and restaurants. It is on a tiny quiet street, nestled in the heart of Laguna. The staff was very attentive and helpful. It is in the truest sense, a retreat.”

yelp.com – Mary H. from Dana Point, CA

A Memorable Experience

5802758663_5d27365a43_o“Wow, what a memorable experience for my husband and I! First of all, the views of the ocean are jaw-dropping because the villas are pretty much sitting right on the water! The waves crashing outside your balcony and the views out to sea give you a real feeling of serenity and solitude. The rooms are perfectly designed – jewel boxes that maximize the incredible views, while providing a very comfortable, contemporary chic decor. The location is the epicenter to everything wonderful in Laguna; shopping, dining and art galleries.

After an exquisite evening out on the town, we would came back to the villa, dim the lights, open the balcony door and listen to the sounds of the ocean waves. It was truly a slice of heaven! The staff was exceptional, especially Natasha, who was very gracious in her desire to make every element of our stay perfect.

We will recommend this gem to our friends, family and stay here again ourselves.”

yelp.com – Sharon K. from Huntington Beach, CA

Fantastic, Amazing, the Best Vacation

ocean_beach_view_64“Fantastic, Amazing, the best vacation we have ever taken.
The staff was helpful and generous.
The location is an ocean front delight.
The room was spacious, and practical.
I really like having a full kitchen to cook and make coffee in the morning.
Everything was included and we needed nothing to enjoy and relax.”

yelp.com – Hirbod Z. from Laguna Niguel, CA

Truly 5 Stars

Alt_15“Our experience here at the Retreat was truly 5 star. Jason, the manager, was really genuine and helpful. The office closes in the afternoon and we arrived around 9pm. He stopped by to say hi and make sure we got in safe which was really nice. The location is awesome and walking distance to everything. Our room was really nice. It was clean and you could tell there was a lot of love that went into every detail of the design of this property. Luxurious but so functional you could tell a lot of thought went into design. We stayed for 3 nights and it went by so fast because we simply lost track of time b/c we had so much fun. We’ll definitely be back whenever we want to stay in Laguna!”

yelp.com – Sean N. from Los Angeles, CA

Four Summers in a Row

Bella View“My family and I just spent our 4th summer vacation in a row at The Retreat in Laguna. This is a beautiful spot right on the ocean on main beach in Laguna. Downtown and shopping is walking distance as well as a Ralph’s that is 1 block away. The condo is fabulous, well stocked with towels, toiletries, and full kitchen supplies. The grounds around the Retreat are very nice and they have several barbecues to use. Each condo has a private deck and they have a large community deck also that looks right onto the ocean equipped a barbecue, tables and chairs and a lovely outdoor sofa, chairs and table.
The staff is very helpful and friendly, Maureen is especially great! She set a beautiful table, including a nice bottle of wine on the large deck when we mentioned that we were having company for dinner. They also gave us free passes to the Sawdust Festival.
I would recommend the Retreat to anyone, families, friends or couples who want a fun and relaxing vacation spot where you feel surrounded in luxury.”

yelp.com – Linda J. from Pasadena, CA

Hidden GEM!

ocean_beach_view_3“This property is a hidden GEM! When I first walked into the property I was speechless. I mean it looked even better than the photos we saw on their website and those were fantastic! The interior was modern and the views…WOW.
When we first checked in we had some special requests and Maureen was really accommodating. It was a special occasion and we were greeted with champagne and a basket of goodies that included breakfast and whale watching. The property is centrally located and the beach is literally steps away. There’s a Ralphs conveniently located across the street and you’re just a few blocks away if you want to catch dinner and cocktails at the Pacific Edge or K’ya Bistro.
The decor and appliances were also brilliant! Our bedroom even had a 1 sided window so that we could see the sunrise and ocean when we woke up in the morning. On our last day we decided to go whale watching. During our tour we saw 7 whales and a baby calf! Never thought I’d describe a whale as cute, but it totally was! All in all it was a spectacular experience and I would highly recommend The Retreat in Laguna. Thanks Jason and Garrett for making our stay possible.”

yelp.com – Kristi L. from LA JOLLA, CA

Great Property and Great Experience

ocean_beach_view_10“Great property and great experience from start to finish. Jason was very accommodating and addressed my concerns during the booking process and Maureen made sure we were happy during our stay! Beautiful villas , view, and location. We will definitely return.”

yelp.com – Michelle Z. from Las Vegas, NV

The Perfect Laguna Beach Get-a-Way

ocean_beach_view_23“My husband and I both work for ourselves and will take work retreats from time to time. The weather was absolutely beautiful and thought what better than vacation villas called the Retreat in Laguna. Normally we go to San Diego or Palm Springs because we live in Orange County. I can now officially see why people from all over the globe travel to vacation in Laguna Beach.

The resort villas are like your own beautiful beachfront house. They are near everything – we parked our car and walked everywhere. It is a block away from the beach and our villa had an ocean view.

With a full gourmet kitchen, the first thing we did was go across the street to Ralph’s and created a little gourmet picnic. We nibbled on that on the deck and watched the sunset – absolutely amazing.

The next morning we hit Orange Inn which is right on the corner for coffee and took a walk along the beach. Later we worked a bit (they have WiFi) then while sitting in beach chairs by the ocean. “Rough day at the office”

The Retreat is one of those vacations that actually leave you relaxed and re-energized. It is not really a party place because it is pretty quite and peaceful but there is still plenty to do.

Our trip was all about small bites, cocktails and art. We walked along the beach as far as we could, then up the hill to PCH and just explored.

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS:
* Dining: The Rooftop Lounge at Casa Del Camino for sunset (if you can get in). K’ya for lobster mac and cheese, Rockin Fish, Watermarc, Nick’s & Royal Hawaiian for $5 happy hour poke and a lapu lapu.

* Pack comfortably with shoes for walking. (I mention that one from experience)

* There was construction going on when we where there for the remodel of the other villas -should be done in a couple weeks. (just fyi)

* Watch for the dolphins in the afternoon! They can also set up dolphin/whale watching tours or paddleboarding lessons.

* There is nobody on site after 3 so if you need anything, make sure you set it up ahead of time.

* The Laguna Art Walk is the First Thursday of every month.

* They have a minimum stay of 3 days and you will probably need to book early during the summer.”

yelp.com – Gina M. from CA, CA

An Amazing Experience!

Rustico Dining Room“Overall, we had an amazing experience! The place was exactly what we wanted. Peaceful, relaxing and breath taking views. The staff was really great – Maureen in particular. She was extremely accommodating and wanted to make sure we had a wonderful stay.

I originally landed on this resort because I was searching for “bed and breakfasts.” Well…I was a bit disappointed to find out that this wasn’t really a bed and breakfast type of a place. You can pre-purchase the breakfast but then have to walk over to a near by cafe to eat. Not really my thing…but not a big deal either. More of a heads up :)

When I booked the room, they warned me that we’d be getting a room without a view, but I verified that there was a main deck I could sit out no to watch the ocean. I probably would have been really bummed if I didn’t know this in advance. We stayed in Villa Rustico. I think it’s the smallest unit they have, but perfect for just me and hubby.

We flew in so we didn’t have a lot of the basic stuff with us (paper towels, extra hangers, etc). Everyone else staying there drove, so if you’re driving, pack all that stuff with you. I had to keep asking the staff for stuff or running over the Ralph’s across the street (which was fun to me, but might not be to you). Having the Ralph’s across the street was extremely convenient too.

The other thing to watch out for, if you plan on working from there, like me and hubby – their wi-fi goes in and out. Not sure if they have any other way to connect, but might be something to check into and/or bring a hot spot.

Again, I highly recommend this place for a relaxing getaway. Most of my time from morning to evening was spent on the deck and I would recommend it to everyone considering it.”

yelp.com – Gelie A. from Phoenix, AZ

The View Out the Window is 5 Stars

Roma Oceean View“The view out the window is 5 stars, as is the location, just steps away from the beach or from the shops in LB. Watching the waves and seeing the sun set is beautiful. But at these prices, I still expect top notch amenities, and at least the Villa Roma has seen better days.

The AC wasn’t working during one of the hottest weeks of the year. Overhead fan in the living room didn’t work either. The cords on several of the blinds weren’t working either – so you rolled them up as best as possible by hand. I got the feeling of being in an older motel where things just hadn’t been kept up very well.

If you want to know about the size, ask the property managers to give you room measurements. The photos are shot with a long lens to make rooms appear twice as spacious as they really are. You’re going to be in close quarters. The “dining” area features high bar type chairs – fine for adult but tricky for kids younger than 10 or so to get in an out of.

The site staff seems to be well–meaning but may have spent too much time in the sun – they’re not confidence-inspiring and don’t seem to know the basics of how to work key parts of the property.

Boogie boards for the kids are available, which is nice, and there’s an outside shower with warm water for washing off the sand. Outdoor patio area features umbrellas and tables for outside dining and lounging.”

yelp.com – Miranda B. from Anaheim, CA