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
I had played the golf course a number of times but hadn't stayed at the resort before. Glad I finally did. There are several luxury resorts in the area but this one stands out for several reasons. The view, of course, and it's a beautiful layout but with the extra grounds that give you such an open feeling. The surrounding golf course helps with this, of course, but the resort developed a beach site with a beautiful restaurant, open only to hotel guests and only a couple of minutes by the free hotel tram. The beach has everything you would want with the privacy and service you would expect. You don't get both these amenities at the other resorts. So, if you wanted the perfect event or wedding setting this is it. The food and service is great but, as we all know, the staff there makes a huge difference.
If you get a chance to go there don't pass it up.
The views from the lobby and most of the public space were wonderful. A lovely hotel that has their facilities to host a wonderful event. Like any facility, catering for a large crowd was Just average.
This resort is absolutely top notch as far as aesthetics, location, cleanliness, views, restaurant quality, amenities and beach. We, unfortunately, stayed while there was a wedding going on and the resort was packed and unejoyable. We ended up spending most of our night at the Ritz instead. The wedding guests were rude on pretty much every account. We had excellent staff for most of the trip, however, there were a few staff members (one at the main bar) that was useless and unhelpful. We are planning a week long spring trip and we might stay here again, but next time I’m calling ahead to make sure it’s not during a wedding. We might end up at a different place though. We really wanted to enjoy the resort and it wasn’t possible this time, but it is a great resort nonetheless.