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
We have made numerous trips to Laguna Beach through the years and have stayed at all the better hotels at least once and many twice. This past February we went to the Monarch and what a beautiful resort. It far surpasses all the other resorts/hotels. The management is "first class" not missing a beat! The setting was magical and peaceful- I understand why the Monarchs visit twice a year for a resting spot. Restaurants were wonderful, rooms beautifully decorated with every amenity, beds and linens were exquisite, but the best part was the setting and staff which I can not say enough about.
I spent a few days at the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort to be by the ocean. What a gorgeous property this is. The lobby is classy, but has a relaxed feel to it. It overlooks a pristine view of the pool, golf course, and ocean. I was blown away by the service - the valet attendants, the concierge, the bartenders, restaurant servers, and the housekeeping staff - all above and beyond. I was so impressed with the housekeeping staff, who kept a keen eye on ensuring the room was organized and replenished, as needed. Curtains opened or pulled accordingly, background music on. They came twice daily.
I enjoyed taking walks along the salt creek trail that led straight to the beach. There is also a tram that transports you to the private beach access.
The restaurants on property, as well as drinks are quite pricey. I appreciated having a small mart/cafe onsite where I could pick up small sandwiches and snacks.
The Miraval Spa extension is great, but wished there were more class offerings.
All in all, a great get away to clear my mind!
Just returned from a relaxing few days at the Monarch Beach Resort. From start to finish, this was an amazing stay. The property is so beautiful and the staff attentive. I was particularly struck by the housekeeping staff that came twice during the day and kept the room organized and spotless. Their attention to detail was unparalleled. I loved taking walks along the salt creek trail that led to the beach. They also have a trolley take you to their private beach access.
The food at all the restaurants was quite pricey. I liked the option of the onsite mart, where we could buy some sandwiches and snacks. The Miraval Spa extension was good, but would have liked more class options. All in all, this was a beautiful property I will be returning to!
Wonderful hotel. Pristine, nice amenities, nice restaurants. Convenient tram to the beach.
Close to Laguna Beach.
I wish there was an adult pool. There were lots of kids in and around the pool having a good time, but prevented me from having a relaxed day at the pool. It is a family destination, hotel and peak season, so I understand, but . .
We had a great time at this fabulous resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Coming from the Texas heat, the weather was ideal for beach/pool time as well as golf. We really liked the golf course which was challenging, with several holes along the ocean. I would put Monarch Beach on my list of places to return.