Last week we stayed three nights at the Montage in Laguna Beach. It was an amazing and much needed trip. We were very grateful that it was on the company dime. (Although they did charge us for $550 of spa services. I never set foot in the spa and as of yesterday they had yet to reimburse the charges. Not very classy of a 5-star hotel.) Dave was shooting a commercial on location at the hotel. So while he worked all day, P and I took long walks after breakfast, swam in the pool, went to the gym, vegged in the room and P got to play in their kids club called Paintbox. I could go on and on about all their luxuries but I think the pictures capture it best.
The hotel was built over looking the ocean. The property which once was a mobile home park is now home to a $1 billion hotel. They must have some agreement with Laguna Beach because the path in front of the hotel and the cliffs right below are all native gardens and habitat for wildlife. It's all protected area. It was very inspiring to walk through their paths. I hope to have our front yard looking much like their gardens in a couple years....except we it won't be just native plants.
The crew took over the mosaic pool one day to film one of the scenes.
They also converted five rooms into production space. Dave and P are in the far corner chair while other crew members are hard at work. It's a luxury for P to see Dave on shoot days.
Our room. The beds were super comfy. However, I am proud to say we have softer sheets! High thread count is a luxury I will gladly splurge on. It makes for many great nights.
We each got slippers, even P. They brought up a robe and slippers in her size!
The view from our balcony.
P and I having lunch on our balcony. The sound of the ocean and the sea gulls was so relaxing!
The gym with the lap pool in the foreground.
P doing "semi laps" in the pool.
The view from the treadmill. An open air view of the Pacific Ocean! How inspiring is that?
One entrance to the hotel has this amazing iron sculpture. Then you walk down a flight of stairs that leads to this courtyard.
The view from the lounge. Great place to have a glass of wine or hot cocoa.
Finally we had to say goodbye to Dave. P is standing in the lobby calling Dave on my phone to say goodbye....even though he's right there in front of her.