The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Now that’s a view I could seriously get used to! And for a whole afternoon, I basked in

the sun streaming through the window at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with a view
of the big, blue Pacific ocean, wondering how I got so lucky with this life.

At $50 bucks a person, the afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel certainly

isn’t on the cheaper end, but you’re paying for the experience of it all. It is, after all, a
day at the Ritz, with top service and treatment. This is the place that started the word,
“ritzy” after all. You feel like royalty as the waiters rush over to you and you sip
delicately on tea and crumpets.

The afternoon tea begins with bellini’s -champagne topped with a fresh peach nectar.

The waiter or waitress then walks you through the selection of tea’s, all bottled up in

tiny vials where you have to sniff each one to find just the perfect one. I settled on the
caramel, chocolate truffle tea which tasted like chocolate milk- (but for adults and much

And finally, a selection of delicate sandwiches and desserts arrive along with scones and

devonshire cream.

The sandwiches are all delicately portioned and perfect bite-sized pieces, which you

have to savor and nibble on. Most of them, I just ended up stuffing them whole in to
my mouth while exclaiming, “wris is really grood,” with each one.

There’s a jambon sandwich, egg salad, cucumber, the blue cheese tartlet and the

stuffed tomato on crostini. The size is deceiving because after delicately nibbling
on these and between swigs of tea, you’ll somehow begin to feel perfectly satisfied.

And then just when you think it doesn’t get any better, there’s dessert. There’s the

fruit tart, a baklava, nutty one, a raspberry macaron and a petite chocolate mousse cake.

Can everyday have a tea time? I think the Brit’s had the right idea about this.

And with a view like that, it’s hard to find anything to complain about.