CALIFORNIA COMFORT

Orange County’s luxury boom — which includes a new St. Regis and an upgrade from the Four Seasons — grows again with the opening of the MONTAGE RESORT & SPA in Laguna Beach. The 262-room bluff-top California oasis immerses guests in coastal bliss with native Arts and Crafts architecture surrounded by 30 lushly gardened acres. Montage has assembled an impressive collection of early California paintings, imported former Mary Elaine’s chef James Boyce from Arizona, and doesn’t spare the thread count on sheets, but to its credit, the resort remains a relaxed SoCal sophisticate. Among diversions, a staff marine biologist leads tide-pool walks, and golfers gain access to nearby Pelican Hill courses. From $450. (888) 715-6700, www.montagelagunabeach.com