I have been an avid surfer since I was a kid, so when my wife and I vacation with Hannah, now 2, I expect to go surfing. The Surf N’ Sand Resort (877/741-5908, 949/497-4477) is at 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
It’s a very family-friendly resort not far from our home that we love. It’s right on the beach and great for the baby. With only 13 rooms, each with a Jacuzzi tub, louvered doors to let the breezes in and a private balcony overlooking the Pacific, you can imagine it’s very romantic.
The restaurant, Splashes, is good, and their Aquaterra Spa has massage treatments plus a workout room for when the fog rolls in. Another romantic amenity the spa offers is for the aspiring Van Goghs. (Yes, there’s babysitting.) The Artisitic Ritual leaves couples wrapped in white French clay along with other colors and types of mud, so that the vacationing couple can “paint each other.” Afterward, they wash off in a 20-minute bath for two, followed by a side-by-side massage. The art galleries of Laguna are also a short ride away. It’s an expensive getaway but it’s casual, and there’s good surfing just 20 feet outside our door.
We just came back from the Four Seasons Hualalai (800/819-5053, 866/630-5890) at 72-100 Ka’upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. That’s on the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala coast. It was beautiful and the service was great, but it was very crowded and getting there with the baby, just traveling over the holidays, was a hassle. The airline lost one of the surfboards I shipped — at least I had one with me. Luckily, my wife’s luggage and the all the baby supplies arrived just fine.
Now I appreciate how much closer to home we can go the Surf n’ Sand.
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