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
Monarch Beach Resort is such a beauty! We booked through their website, and a lovely Guest Relations VIP Supervisor by the name of Dana Kennedy followed up with us to help with booking additional accommodations during our stay.
We traveled with several families, the kids loved the beach and stayed busy with all of the activities they provide for kids. The Dads played golf on their beautiful course, and the Moms enjoyed yoga in the spa which is AMAZING!
Can’t say enough about this place. The only negative is that it gets booked up, so plan ahead if you want to visit!
We had a wonderful weekend at the Monarch Beach Resort. From our arrival to our check out, we were treated professionally and every need was met. The Staff is friendly and will make meaningful conversation with you all while taking care to make sure you are comfortable. They went our of their way to add a board under our mattress as my husband had recently had back surgery and needed an extra firm mattress. Exceptional service all the way around!
From my beautiful room with a balcony overlooking this lovely resort, the Laguna Hills and ultimately the ocean to the luxurious Miraval Spa - absolutely gorgeous. The staff were extremely welcoming and the ambience was perfect for my needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this wonderful resort! To be completely fair, my only disappointment was room service. Not the service but the food it was definitely not up to par but it didn’t affect my overall experience as I ate in the restaurant thereafter.
The resort is spectacular. The staff is above and beyond nice. The room is clean, modern, bed very comfortable. The views of the pool and ocean are wonderful. The resort is north of Highway but they provide free shuttle down to the beach. The Beach house is under construction so only water, chairs and umbrellas are available. But the beach is one of the nicest I have ever seen on the west coast. Be warned though that extra fees ($50 per night parking, $50 resort fee daily) adds 100$ per day to already steep prices. Ate breakfast in Aveo, very nice and good. Coffee in Aveo is very good.
(not starbucks). They have a market place that serves Starbucks but that is not what is served in the restaurants. Had manicure/pedicure in spa. Nothing special about it. They only had 1 technician so my daughter and I couldn't go together. Nail service was okay but honestly nothing special. Overall nice stay though. There were at least 2 weddings going on but it did not interfere with our enjoyment!
It’s not on the beach - you take a 7 minute free ride from resort...you could also walk, you just have to cross PCH. Service in all areas were great - they even went and grabbed a hat from the valet and brought it to the pool for us. I paid $34 for a double Makers Mark. The free workout classes are great: we did TRX, and spin class overlooking the pool and view of ocean. The food choices were great - but you can also leave the resort and grab plenty of trendy food options within 1 mile near Laguna Beach/Niguel