Luxurious but laid back, refined yet rustic, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a study in contrasts—an upscale resort, with an ultra-relaxed vibe.
Even its location brings opposites together: Nestled between the walls of majestic Aliso Canyon, but mere steps away from the Pacific Ocean, The Ranch blends world-class dining and amenities with family-friendly activities and accommodations.
And that famous Laguna Beach cool is evident throughout, from the effortless elegance of Harvest, the resort’s signature restaurant, to the regular barefoot tournaments at Ben Brown’s Golf Course.
Bring the family
Many resorts call themselves “family friendly,” but the setting of The Ranch lends itself to immersive natural experiences for kids that are unique and engaging. A Junior Ranger program featuring local naturalists offers the opportunity to learn about the land, while outdoor activities involving wildlife such as deer and even raptors can inspire a lifelong love of nature.
Kids are welcome at Ben Brown’s, the resort’s nine-hole golf course, as well—whether they’re playing with their parents or taking part in one of the numerous junior golf workshops and camps featuring on-course instruction.
There’s plenty for adults to enjoy at The Ranch, too, either with the kids or without. From stargazing sessions to live music and cocktails around the fire on Harvest Patio, this is a place that has something for everyone.
Feel like home—away from home
With a mix of living spaces including rooms, studios, suites and two-level cottages, The Ranch offers flexibility for families—or intimate coziness for couples. All incorporate the easy luxury that defines the rest of the resort, with signature bedding, lavish bath amenities and state-of-the-art technology.
For milestone occasions or large family getaways, the Treehouse is a stunning two-bedroom retreat perched above the property. Featuring a wraparound deck, floor-to-ceiling windows, a gourmet kitchen and a special private gazebo, this is far from the treehouses you knew as a kid. (Unless those treehouses had a dedicated ranch hand to meet your needs, that is. This one does.)
Featuring more than 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, Sycamore Spa feels like a serene bungalow. The menu offers treatments inspired by the canyon and coast, such as signature massages, soothing facials and therapies utilizing locally grown herbs and plants.
With a philosophy rooted in the healing nature of both the sea and the earth, Sycamore Spa brings marine elements together with botanical ingredients to rejuvenate, protect and promote balance—a truly transformative experience.
Fine dining, with a Laguna twist
Harvest, The Ranch’s signature restaurant, pays tribute to California’s culinary traditions and agricultural history while infusing both with modern sensibilities. The resort’s commitment to sustainability shines through in the handcrafted dishes of Chef de Cuisine Kyle St. John, many of which use ingredients grown in the on-property Harvest Garden.
Always polished but never stuffy, Harvest is about celebrating the surroundings, the season, the atmosphere and the creativity of Laguna Beach.
For those seeking a more casual experience, Ben’s Pantry and The Porch offer the eclectic setting of a county bistro. Guests can make a quick stop for in-house pastries and coffee, gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads—or stay a while and enjoy a coastal wine or craft beer.
As evening falls, Harvest Bar awaits, with expertly prepared cocktails and a thoughtfully curated selection of wines and beers to go with 180-degree views of the stunning canyon landscape. It’s a satisfying way to end a rewarding Laguna Beach day.
A ‘Unique’ destination
About the only thing that isn’t relaxed at The Ranch is the unwavering commitment to authenticity, sustainability and providing exceptional experiences—several considerations that led National Geographic to select the resort for its prestigious “Unique Lodges of the World” collection.
Properties in the collection offer guests the chance to discover parts of the world not many get to know, National Geographic notes, adding, “Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures.”
Here, community means everything, from the locals in this iconic California town to the visitors who seek a taste of Laguna Beach’s particular brand of cool. Between the walls of the canyon, with the sea just next door, everyone finds common ground at The Ranch at Laguna Beach.