Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
Monarch Beach ResortThe Monarch Beach Resort feels like one massive beach house, a place that’s mastered California’s particular brand of laid-back luxury. A tram connects the hillside hotel with its private beach club and restaurant, Monarch Bay Club, where staff will facilitate guests’ day at the beach—whether that’s teaching private bodyboarding or surfing lessons (or on calmer days, SUP or kayaking), setting up lounge chairs and bringing icy drinks, or serving a barbecue feast at night. Southern Californians come from all over for the Robert Trent Jones Jr.–designed 18-hole golf course and Miraval Life in Balance Spa, which offers more than 50 weekly yoga, meditation, and exercise classes, plus opulent therapies (like the Diamond Infusion Ritual). The food spans the globe, including a Mexican cantina poolside, an open-air Mediterranean restaurant, and a bar that serves both samosas and burgers. Pro tip: Book a table in advance of your stay at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Orange County, which opened in 2018 and serves sophisticated takes on steak house fare (butter-poached Wagyu, lobster potpie) with a dash of showmanship—expect tableside presentations and Japanese whiskey ceremonies.
over 3 years ago
Monarch Beach Resort
After a year-long renovation, The Monarch Beach Resort (formerly known as a St. Regis) now has a fresh look to its 400 guest rooms and suites (earth tone chaise lounges; sea grass-textured wallpaper). Other additions to the property include the Miraval Spa and the AVEO Table + Bar restaurant, which serves a Mediterranean-inspired menu. Take a scenic 15-minute walk or resort tram to the hotel’s private beach, where dedicated Surf Hosts are ready to arrange surfing lessons, kayak rentals, or a towel and umbrella for your spot in the sand.
over 1 year ago
Monarch Beach Resort Kids Club
The Monarch Beach Resort's kids club is open to kids from five to 12 years old, and there they can enjoy a half or full day of outdoor activities, swimming, treasure hunts, and games on the beach. Whether your kid is more into a game of dodge ball or painting a scene from their vacation, the club has activities for every interest. Just make a reservation with a Resort Experience Planner or the concierge.
about 1 year ago
Sandwiches by the Seashore
The Monarch Beach Resort’s Part & Parcel Market was designed for gourmets on the go. You can choose from local artisanal cheeses, freshly made deli sandwiches, and a wide selection of freshly baked pastries when you pack a picnic for a day. Perhaps needless to say, there are California wines for sale too while freshly squeezed juices and Mindful chocolate chip cookies reflect the philosophy of the Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Once you have your picnic provisions in hand, head out to enjoy an al fresco lunch on the beach or alongside one of the hiking trails near the resort.