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
- 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
Ended up here as an overflow for an event at the Ritz Carlton down the street. Turned out to be better than the Ritz. Staff was attentive and friendly. Valet parked my plug-in hybrid and they charged it up without me asking. Nice relaxing vibe.
Everything was top notch and I would stay here again. However, we didn’t eat on site, so I can’t speak to that. I thought the $50 rate to park (plus they charge a resort fee as so many do now) was outrageous but maybe people find a way out of that somehow and we’re just suckers?
Everything from the staff to the sheets was perfect. I have never written a review on a hotel because I am particular. I would move into a room in this hotel. My husband needed a getaway so we spent one perfect night at the Monarch. Even the room service at midnight was done right.
We had our sales incentive trip at the Monarch Beach resort. The location was outstanding, the dinner options were great, service representatives were on their game and food choices were great. Excellent grounds, views and golf course
Me and my husband and my 5 year old daughter really did enjoy our 3 day stay at the Monarch. We loved the room, it was spacious and very comfortable. We enjoyed sitting out by the terrace around the fire pit and watched the most beautiful sunset. My family also loved the beautiful, sparkling pool and spa. Pool was heated so we got to swim, which was amazing. Overall I recommend this place and I would visit again in the future.