What's New 8-7-2002

More Mickey; Orange County Opening; Changing Seasons; Surf’s Up

More Mickey

The Disneyland Hotel recently completed a $50 million property enhancement project.

The upgrade included a $15,000 redecoration in Disney decor for each of the 990 guest rooms. The new rooms feature Tinker Bell wallpaper, images of Mickey Mouse, stars and moons from “Fantasia” and mirrors and Sneezy characters from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Other room enhancements include standard beds with new headboards picturing Sleeping Beauty Castle, bedspreads depicting 12 classic attractions from the theme park’s opening day in 1955 and new guest room armoires commemorating Disneyland park’s inaugural year.

The hotel has 62 suites and offers concierge-level guest rooms with upgraded amenities.

Call 877-700-DISNEY. Web site: www.disneyland.com.

Orange County Opening

Coming to Orange County in January is the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, situated on an elevated parcel of land adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway.

The 519-room property will feature two restaurants, a retail shopping plaza, more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space and the Pacific Waters Spa.

Call 714-536-5700. Web site: www.huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com.

Changing Seasons

On the heels of a three-year, $15 million expansion and enhancement program, the Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach is offering a package with $600 in savings.

The Rediscover package includes accommodations; two complimentary rounds of golf at the oceanfront, 36-hole Pelican Hill Golf Club, or a choice of two complimentary spa treatments and a combination of golf and spa; valet parking; continental breakfast; and a $25 shopping certificate at nearby Fashion Island.

Property upgrades include guest room refurbishments, the redesign of Pavilion restaurant (Zagat’s No. 1 in the survey for food, decor and service), a new hair and nail salon, the new Grill at the golf club and expansions of the meeting facilities, the health and aerobic center and the pool area. The package is priced from $450 per night through December.

Call 949-759-0808. Web site: www.fourseasons.com.

Surf’s Up

For those who love to be pampered, the new Aquaterra Spa at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, offers a variety of facial and body treatments.

Treatments are based on four essences: ocean (thalassotherapy), earth (warm mud and clay detoxifying treatments), botanicals (aromatherapy utilizing local flora) and art (practitioners of physical and healing arts).

They include the seaweed revitalizer, reflexology, a maternity massage, an aloe vera wrap, a sea-salt scrub and massage lessons for couples. Rates start at $55.

The AAA Four Diamond seaside resort, considered a top hotel in Laguna Beach, offers 165 guest rooms, including 13 suites, with furnished outdoor private oceanview terraces and marble baths with separate showers.

Splashes, the property’s seaside restaurant, provides floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto beachfront patios for alfresco dining. Mediterranean cuisine options include fresh seafood, grilled meats and poultry using regional ingredients with fresh herbs and spices, pizzas, pasta and salads. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recreational activities include surfing, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, all arranged by the hotel’s concierge. A cantilevered, seaside swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and poolside food and cocktail service also are available.

Summer rates are $385 to $485 for rooms and $475 to $1,125 for suites.

Call 800-524-8621. Call the spa at 949-376-2772. Web site: www.surfandsandresort.com.