The Ranch at Laguna Beach: About

Located in Laguna Beach, California, United States

South of Los Angeles, where the famed Pacific Coast Highway winds past sleepy surf-and-beach towns, life takes on a slower rhythm. Seagulls swoop over cascading mountains, sea lions sunbathe on rocky outcrops, and the crashing surf provides a soothing soundtrack. Here, nestled amid coastal canyons, the Ranch at Laguna Beach pays homage to its history as a 19th-century homestead, while also treating guests to a quintessential SoCal experience. Bask in the golden glow of Laguna’s world-class beaches, and enjoy classic California water sports like kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. When you can tear yourself away from the sandy shorelines and canyon trails, the lodge invites you to kick back and relax at the pool or spa, both offering postcard-worthy ocean views.


  • Explore Laguna’s seven miles of sand and waves by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and discover tide pools brimming with marine wonders.
  • Spend the day hiking or mountain biking on scenic canyon trails, then treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage at the loge spa.
  • Take to the fairways to play nine holes amid a lush, private setting, and drop in for a lesson at one of the lodge’s family golf clinics.
  • Sample delicious, locally sourced California cuisine and fine wines while looking out at a magnificent canyon landscape.
  • After sundown, enjoy cocktails and music around a crackling fire, and turn your gaze skyward for exceptional SoCal stargazing.

Why We Love This Lodge

When entrepreneur and lifetime Laguna Beach resident Mark Christy heard that one of his beloved childhood haunts was for sale, he jumped at the chance to preserve and revitalize an iconic piece of Laguna history. The modest motel was where Mark celebrated special family events as a child; but the history of the coastal property dates all the way back to 1871, when some of the first settlers in Laguna Beach built a watermelon farm here known as “the ranch.”

Inspired by the property’s history, Mark rebuilt the ranch from the ground up, creating a retreat that paid homage to vintage Laguna Beach—but also embodied a modern eco ethos. To that end, the lodge installed a system utilizing reclaimed water for irrigation of the resort grounds, a project that is expected to save more than 21.2 million gallons of water annually for a region plagued by chronic droughts in recent years.

Lodge Features

  • 97 coastal ranch-style guest rooms and suites
  • Acclaimed restaurant serving seasonal handcrafted food and drink
  • Waterfront spa and wellness center
  • Outdoor heated saline pool and hot tub
  • Sustainably operated, nine-hole golf course
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for special events
  • Free Wi-fi throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At The Ranch at Laguna Beach, join a representative from the Ecology Center of Southern California for a private tour of the lodge’s half-acre organic garden, the largest in Laguna Beach. Sample some of the seasonal ingredients that are incorporated into the restaurant’s dishes; then delve into California’s storied wine tradition during an al fresco wine tasting, savoring rich varietals amid a stunning canyon backdrop.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards 2019, #6 Hotel in California
  • Architectural Digest, Top 18 New Hotels of 2016

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