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An Exercise in Millennium Excess at the Ritz

E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve 1999? Maybe you were going to the gala at the Marine Corps mega-hangar in Tustin--the one canceled when they called off that Orange County Business Council millennium program to promote the county as a tourist destination?

Never fear.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is offering Millennium Experience packages, three-night deals at prices starting at $4,500. All include three brunches, nightly dining, a New Year’s Eve bash with Dom Perignon, and keepsakes of Bulgari fragrances, Taittinger champagne and Baccarat flutes to drink it from.

At $100,000, the priciest package is so indulgent that listing the caviar-coated details seems excessive. Let’s just say that a chauffeured Jaguar, the 1,800-square-foot Presidential Suite and a personal chef for a dinner for 12 are part of the deal at the hotel on the Dana Point bluffs.

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If the deluxe package is of interest, act now. There’s only one available, “and we’ve had a big nibble on the $100,000 package,” Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman Suzanne Willis said. The prospect approached the hotel through a travel agency, she said. “But they haven’t put down that deposit yet. So you still have a chance.”


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