White may be taboo after Labor Day but you can happily immerse yourself in rich blues, greens and oranges at the beach well through October for some visual stimulus and R&R. Just rent one of the new, well appointed cabanas at the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach ( 647 South Coast Hwy), the cool go-to spot for families, couples seeking romance and executives doing biz by the pounding surf and ecru sand.
The newly featured five cabanas are former hotel rooms renovated for day and evening use, a clever marketing tool by the Joie De Vivre chain for raking in more cash on a continuous basis year round. Right smack on the beach with expansive decks, the spaces offer groups “an oceanfront base camp” while doing what you would do when checking in for the weekend: sunning, swimming, schmoozing, and drinking and dining at the sought after destination. Each cabana holds up to 8-10 guests with immediate access to the sand, ocean and The Deck, the popular hotel restaurant and bar.
Whether gathering a bunch of women friends for a birthday pampering party or plotting a new start-up with associates off the golf course, you can’t go wrong with these five retreats stocked with the comforts of luxury beaching; a sitting area padded in orange and cream upholstery, a private bath with a shower, a mini bar, flat screen TV, stereo, expansive private deck and lounge furniture with day beds.
Day trippers are waited on hand and flip flop by beach butlers and cabana hosts who coordinate the food and beverage service (minimum required as part of packages) as well as beach activities, water sports from stand-up paddling to surf lessons and even gallery tours.
So who’s biting the seaside fare? “We have eclectic use so far from people booked in less expensive rooms without ocean views who want this access for the day to 20-30 something singles to families of wedding couples to big spenders wanting a relaxing day,” notes Bree Vetere Case, marketing executive for the hotel.
Packages let you occupy the cabana from sun up to sun down (11am to 8pm) and range from $450 for the “Coastal Comfort” route with all the amenities plus two pitchers of specialty cocktails and two catered platters to the more extravagant $950 “VIP View” with four catered platters, a case of beer on ice and two more hours of use.
The good news is the beach decor is highly appealing in typical dressed-down Laguna fashion, clean and modern and more sophisticated than the apartments and suites at the hotel built with kitchenettes and allowance for coastal wear and tear. The palette of cool breezy shades is inviting on a late summer or early fall day and the hotel food is tops and the vista breathtaking.
The deck, perhaps the biggest draw to the hotel, is furnished in inviting wicker with yellow cushions and protective umbrellas make hanging outside safer on the last warm days of the season. Still, you can take advantage of the cabanas in moody weather, as well, when June gloom or the chill of December makes the Edge an ideal setting for a book group needing a respite from stressful traffic and urban squalor.
To reserve a cabana, call: 714-965-4447.