As if The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel wasn’t enticing enough with its sweep views of the Pacific Ocean and top-notch accomodations, the property has now kicked it up a notch to give guests a few more reasons to book a trip as soon as possible. With the launch of their Epic Bucket List packages, you can now cross once-in-a-lifetime experiences off your roster, all while staying in the lap of Ritz-Carlton luxury.
The Epic Bucket List Experience
If you ever needed an excuse to get away with your significant other, this is it. The three-night package begins with a stay in one of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s elegant suites. One of the nights will be spent out on your suite’s balcony, enjoying a beautiful dinner under the stars. Your own private butler is also more than happy to curate exciting activities such as surf lessons with a professional surfer, an extravagant shopping spree, a couples massage at the on-site spa, star gazing lessons with a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne, reserved seating at 180blũ, a personal driver, or a designated photographer to make sure each moment from your stay is remembered for years to come.
Tableau Vivant, “Living Pictures”
“What makes life worth living?” That’s the question people have been asking for centuries and is at the center of the 2015 Pageant of the Masters. Through a whimsical theatrical performance of “living pictures,” the pageant takes a look back at how happiness has been defined, from ancient times to today. In celebration of the event, the Ritz is offering the Tableau Vivant, Living Pictures package from July 8 through August 31, 2015. It includes a one-night stay, admission for two to the Pageant of the Masters, two tickets to the Festival of Arts, a welcome gift, and a Pageant Program Guide. Room rates start at $775.
Incorporate Behind the Velvet Rope Into the Pageant Experience
For a more exclusive experience, the Behind the Velvet Rope package showcases how this grand production comes together behind the curtain and offers a peek into the mystery of how art comes to life. The experience provides the unique opportunity for guests to rub elbows with fine artists on a guided docent tour and then feel the thrill of being back stage just before the show. The Behind the Velvet Rope experience starts at $1,699 per couple, per night and includes:
Stand in Awe of a Lautrec
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Club Level has established itself by providing exceptional customer service personalized for each guest and now guests staying on The Club Level have the exclusive opportunity to experience an exhibit featuring the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. “The World of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec” exhibit, on loan from Galerie Moderne, will be on display in The Club Lounge April 2 through September 30, 2015.
Toulouse-Lautrec is among the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, a group which includes Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. His works are portrayals of aristocratic society, Parisian high life. An illustrator, he became famous for his depictions of Moulin Rouge, Operas and Cabarets, and his works appeared in the famous magazine, The Chap Book. Throughout his career, which spanned less than 20 years, he created 737 canvases, 275 water colors, 363 prints and posters, 5,084 drawings, and some ceramic and stained glass work. In a 2005 auction at Christie's auction house, a new record was set when La blanchisseuse, an early painting of a young laundress, sold for $22.4 million
Guests can enjoy the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and extend their stay with the Treat You package. Starting at $875 per night, the Treat You package includes accommodations on The Club Level and one complimentary night when guests stay four nights. Galerie Moderne is devoted to promoting the appreciation of Modern and Contemporary art by hosting exhibitions within the public forum. The gallery is home to an innovative and pioneering collection which covers an array of mediums, genres and artists.
Experience The Biggest Show on Earth
Embrace your sea legs on a whale watching excursion through the resort’s Eco-Adventure Center and see first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West. Dana Point is believed to serve as a visual landmark for several species of whales that migrate along the Pacific Coast. Graceful humpback whales and nurturing gray whales are visible as they travel along our coastline. Enjoy our local dolphin inhabitants frolicking in the Southern California waters. Offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.; $110 per person.
Other #BucketList activities can include learning how to surf, sticking your toes in the Pacific Ocean for the very first time or seeing a Garibaldi in its natural habitat on a snorkel adventure.