Three Orange County resorts—the Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, and the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast—made Travel & Leisure magazine’s annual list of the world’s 500 best hotels.
Magazine readers graded hotels based on location, rooms, service, restaurants and value, and entries on each property noted features and tips.
The Montage’s art collection and its falconry lectures drew readers’ attention. The Montage-operated Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina also cracked the magazine’s top 50, at No. 46.
The Ritz was called out for its health-focused kids menu and for guests donating their sport-fishing catch to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Pelican Hill’s entry picked the bungalows with the best views and cited the free guided hike through Crystal Cove State Beach.