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Monarch Beach Resort

| Dana Point, CA, United States


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Set along a hillside overlooking the beach, the family-friendly resort offers an ocean-focused setting with a Miraval Spa, gourmet cuisine, championship golf course, kids club, tennis, and multiple swimming pools.
Following a two year $40 million transformation, the Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, celebrates the California Coastal lifestyle. Situated in Southern California's Dana Point, the refreshed resort provides an elevated, yet approachable coastal experience. Among the new amenities available are a Miraval Life in Balance Spa, five new restaurants, an expansive pool complex and redesigned guest rooms.

Designed by Los-Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design, accommodations feature an ocean-inspired color palette of blues, greens, and whites, plus balconies with modern patio furniture. For an overall coastal, beach house feel.

Private beachfront dining is available at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, plus additional dining options at the resort including AVEO Table + Bar serving Mediterranean cuisine crafted with local ingredients, and Club 19 with American fare in an indoor-outdoor gastro pub setting. Sombra serves modern Mexi-Cali dishes in a poolside cantina environment, and 33 North has three separate dining rooms including an outdoor patio with fireside seating.

A key element of Monarch Beach Resort's transformation is the introduction of the first coastal Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the sanctuary offers a selection of Miraval's incomparable offerings with a unique connection to the physical and spiritual tranquility of private beach access. There are 24 treatment rooms, more than 70 treatment options, along with a Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon, lap pool, café, and relaxation zones. Signature moments include workshops led by renowned mindfulness specialists, fitness classes such as aerial and beach yoga, cardio drumming and floating meditation along with a host of restorative ocean-inspired spa treatments.

The Monarch Beach Golf Links is an 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Modeled in traditional Scottish links style, the beachfront course has a professional golf shop, lessons, and the Club 19 restaurant on the first tee.

The resort's multi-level pool design includes and adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. There's a second level dedicated to sunning and lounging, plus private cabanas with built-in music systems and outdoor fire pits.

For recreation, there is a private beach club, and guests can choose from a variety of land and sea options including surf lessons led by the resort’s Surf Host, paddle boarding, bonfires and trail hikes.

Location & Map

Hotel Address:
  • Monarch Beach Resort
  • One Monarch Beach Resort
  • Dana Point, CA 92530
  • United States

Location Summary
Located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the beachfront resort is situated in Orange County along Salt Creek Beach. Set 5 minutes north of San Juan Capistrano, the property is a 30-minute drive from Disneyland and Legoland.

Directions to Hotel
John Wayne Airport is the closest airport, about a 20-minute drive.

By car: Take Highway 405 South exit Crown Valley Parkway. Turn right, go 2 Miles. Turn left on Niguel Road and hotel is on the right.

Highlights & Reviews

Conde Nast Award Winner, Travel And Leisure Award
Note Bene
One-on-one surf lessons available through the resort's Surf Host. Variety of land and sea recreation options including paddle boarding, bonfires and trail hikes.
Banquets & Meetings
Over 90,000 square feet of meeting space on-site, including 30,000 square feet of indoor space with ballrooms, meeting rooms, and boardrooms equipped with video conferencing, integrated sound systems, and remote-controlled AV. Plus, 60,000 square feet of outdoor event terraces and lawns with ocean views.
Fine Dining On Site
Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and the private Monarch Bay Club.
Fitness Center
TechnoGym Fitness Center with daily fitness classes including yoga.
Child Programs
Coastal Caterpillar Club.
Pets Allowed
Pets allowed for an additional fee.
Pool Outdoor
The pool area has a multi-level design, with an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones, two infinity-edge spas, and a second tier for sunning and lounging. Plus, an outdoor fire pit for evenings.
Spa Facility
Miraval Life in Balance Spa with more than 70 treatments, 24 treatment rooms, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon, lap pool, café, and relaxation zones.
Tennis Courts On Site
8 lighted hard tennis courts located across the street.
A private beach club is available to guests.
On-site 18-hole Monarch Beach Links championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Recommended Rooms
Deluxe Studio Suites feature balconies, large living room areas, enhanced in-room technology, and a 5-fixture bathroom with 2-person shower and oversized soaking tub.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Business Center
    - Meeting Space
    - Disabled Access
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Child Programs
    - Pets Allowed
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
    - Tennis Courts On Site
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Boating
    - Dining
    - Fishing Ocean
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Jet Skiing
    - Sailing
    - Scuba Diving
    - Shopping
    - Tennis Courts Nearby
    - Theatre & Museums
    - Volleyball
    - Windsurfing
    - Winery Tours

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Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA, United States