You probably already know that the Montage is one of the nicest hotels in Southern California. But what you might not know is that the food here is excellent. And what you definitely don’t know is that you don’t have to pay half your mortgage to enjoy it. Years of experience in Laguna Beach led us to this discovery: if you book a service at the Montage spa (even for a manicure), you gain access to the glorious, ocean-facing (adults-only) pool and all spa facilities for the entire day. The menu served at the pool is really good - like spa food on steroids (think salads stuffed with lobster). It’s not cheap, but given the fact that you’re eating on a lounge chair with unobstructed views of the ocean and a pool at your feet, it’s worth it.
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