Hotel Spotlight: Montage Laguna Beach

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An amazing variety of children’s programming 

This month, we decided to spotlight one of our favorite properties offering a best-in-class children’s experience: Montage Laguna Beach! From their robust Paintbox program to their brand new interactive organic garden, this California resort understands the importance of a meaningful and engaging vacation experience for their youngest guests.

The Montage Laguna Beach opened in 2003 with a breathtaking 30 acre beachfront location peppered with palm trees in the Laguna Niguel area of California. The 250-room luxury property was the first to bear the Montage name and continues to be a shining light for the brand. The hotel has repeatedly won awards for being a top beach resort by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, US News, Coastal Living, and more. And with all they offer their youngest visitors, it’s no surprise that Condé Nast named the property one of the “Best Luxury Kid-Friendly Hotels in the U.S and Caribbean”.

Paintbox, the children’s program at Montage Laguna Beach, aims to delight young guests between the ages of 2 and 12 with an engaging camp-like experience, rather than simply a babysitting service. Paintbox Petite caters to 2-5 year olds with age-appropriate adventures, hands-on interaction from staff, and fun sensory-driven toys. Sometimes, the children head down to the beach on a delightful wagon ride along the sand for some whale and dolphin spotting.

Guests ages 5-12 in the main Paintbox program can enjoy plenty of indoor fun, like a gigantic pirate ship play area, as well as an array of outdoor adventure, exploration and learning opportunities. Outside in the pool area, children are actively joined by staff in a series of fun pool games and, if they’re lucky, they may even get to join in on a popsicle meet-and-greet with a real live mermaid or pirate. Down at the beach, kids can partake in activities like crab races or sand castle competitions. Themed days make every day a new surprise, tie in arts and crafts, games, and creative activities. Weird Science Wednesdays, filled with mad scientist laughter and wacky experiments, and Swashbuckling Saturdays, with treasure hunts and plank walking, are always a big hit.

Brand new to the program is The Patch, Paintbox’s interactive organic garden. Through this raised bed garden, kids learn about the plant life cycle and where their food comes from. Everything in the garden is edible, except for the sunflowers! Paintbox has teamed up with the hotel chef to help kids make clementine smoothies, herb-infused waters, and iced teas with sweeteners directly from The Patch’s stevia plant. Chef will also do a pasta class using the fresh tomatoes or show the kids how to incorporate ingredients like fresh basil into their pizza making skills.

With a small staff-to-children ratio, passionate and dedicated program coordinators, and a remarkable variety of engaging experiences, Montage Laguna Beach’s Paintbox program is designed to delight the youngest guests.