Laguna's connection to the Californian plein air artists is mined for inspiration at this head-turning, lavish hotel. Shingled buildings ease down a bluff to a sandy cove; inside, works by early-20th-century California artists snare your attention. Guest rooms balance ease and refinement; all have ocean views, balconies, and extra-deep tubs. Of the restaurants, Studio is the fanciest, with sweeping Pacific views and a refined contemporary menu. At the 20,000-square-foot
oceanfront spa and fitness center, you can indulge in a sea-salt scrub, take a yoga class, or hit the ocean-facing lap pool.