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Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

Lots of Luxe

by Wendy Bowman-Littler | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | April 24, 2012

Sweet Nectar
Everything is better with wine. So why not satisfy your inner Dionysus with a weekend stay at the Montage Laguna Beach (30801 S. Coast Highway, 866.271.6953, and sign up for the luxe resort’s “secret” $48,000 wine-tasting program. You’ll have the chance to sample premium vintages, including a pricey 2003 Romanée-Conti. Pair that with a private cooking demonstration and five-course meal at the chef’s table at Studio restaurant, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect spring escape.

Flights of Fancy
The sky’s the limit when you book the Private Helicopter Tour starting at $6,329 a night at The St. Regis (1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200, You’ll fly over O.C.’s coastline and landmarks, and then stay in an ocean-view suite. Or keep your feet on the ground with the Easy Rider package starting at $1,425 a night and tour the coastline on a Harley-Davidson. Prefer pampering? The A-List Bespoke O.C. Shopping Package starts at $5,675 and includes a suite for a night and a shopping trip to South Coast Plaza with stylist Leslie Christen.

The Resort at Pelican Hill (22701 Pelican Hill Road S., Newport Coast, 949.467.6800, is offering a Precious Gem Mother’s Day Package, a two-night villa escape starting at $9,995 that includes Cristal Champagne, a day at the spa and a private chef’s dinner. Its Private Air Tour: Coastal Mountains to the Sea package starts at $1,799 and includes two nights, and an aerial look at the coast and canyons of Irvine Ranch. If you’re a thrillseeker, book the Extreme Adventure Package starting at $2,995 for two nights, and you can sky dive or zip line on Catalina Island.