Monarch Beach Resort
What We Love
- The famously attentive St. Regis butler service
- The Michael Mina restaurant Stonehill Tavern, with its 500+ bottle wine list
- An award-winning spa that’s a destination in itself
- Championship golf course located just steps away
What To Know
- Pets are welcome, with a non-refundable fee of $150 per animal.
- Families are a focus, with special features and a club for kids.
- Reservations are required for the golf course and spa.
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 400-room SoCal getaway takes luxury seriously, with a dash of California cool. There’s a Tuscan vibe to the property, thanks to its terracotta roofs, stone fountains and pillars, palm trees, and three sky-blue swimming pools. There are six ocean-view restaurants, including star chef Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, which features of-the-moment seasonal dishes. Spa Gaucin is another standout. It’s a warmly-lit, plush sanctuary that includes decadent mini-retreats, like the ‘Mediterranean Wellness’ package for couples that offers a half-day of spa indulgences. There are even spa options for junior jetsetters.
In the Area
Hone your game on the adjoining par-70 championship course Monarch Beach Golf Links, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. To keep kids entertained, swing by the nearby Ocean Institute, known for its hands-on focus on marine science and history, or take the ultimate family trip to Disneyland–around 25 miles from the resort. Grown ups might be more interested in Fashion Island, a collection of over 200 luxury boutiques and department stores with spectacular views of the ocean.
How to Get There
Very beautiful property, great staff....were very attentive to every need. Our room was amazing with a fantastic view. Was only there for one night and didn’t have enough time to enjoy everything at the resort. I will definitely be back soon!
I visited this resort to have drinks with friends, do a little business and always check out their beach wear store. I would plan my friends to meet me on Wednesday evenings where they have a live steel drum player named Einstein Brown playing reggae and Caribbean music. It was always a fun time for all of us. Lovely valet service and the wait staff and managemnet were very nice. I also went to their daownstairs bar where they would always have an acoustic guitar player. Lots of fun to visit in the summer for drinks and appetizers.
This was our first stay at the Monarch Beach Resort and we booked during their 3rd night free deal along with $400 resort credit. The grounds were beautiful, the beach is just a few minutes drive away provided by their personal busses. The rooms are appointed nicely and we had the pleasure of staying in their firepit terrace room which also had 2 travertine/marble layed bathrooms. The dining is pricey, but the resort credit covered most of it. The service from the bell hop, valets, front desk, pool valets, beach valets, etc.... was exceptional! They have a Starbucks on site which I think most guests would appreciate. Although the beach club was not open yet, I believe once it is, there will be no better resort/hotel destination that offers more from Dana Point to San Diego. We looked at staying at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and The Del Coronado, but the Monarch Beach Resort has more to offer in every way possible. Although we did have a few minor hiccups with a few things, the Resort went above and beyond in addressing them and compensating us for it. That to me speaks volumes about the level of service here. Mistakes can be, and will be made, but how they are handled with the guests is what matters, and the Monarch Beach Resort does just that. Like I said five star service and a five star facility!
This place was amazing. We had such a great trip with our family. Nice to have a private beach which had all the things we wanted. Staff was so polite and kind. The only thing that we found was that the food was very expensive.
The Resort is one of the most beautiful in the world. The staff is professional, and there is even a car service if you need to take a quick trip somewhere. My only complaint was that when I called for some ice to be brought to the room, it took over an hour so I had already left to attend my meeting. It did show up but I don't know when and of course was a bit melted when I returned.