WHAT I LOVE
- Outdoor fire pits for all first-floor guestrooms and suites
- Multiple pools – Main Pool, Family Pool with Splashground, and Adults-only pool
- Woodie tram to the exclusive Monarch Bay Club
- Beach host service at Salt Creek Beach – chairs, umbrellas, towels, beach games, and activities
- A Miraval Spa onsite
- State-of-the-art in-room communication panels with one-touch access to housekeeping and valet services
- Virtuoso amenities
GOOD TO KNOW
- It’s just a few minutes by taxi or Uber from the San Juan Capistrano train station
- The resort is set back from the beach but offers 7-minute tram rides to it from the lobby
- Rates are usually lower than other luxury Orange County resorts
- It is very popular with families
- Daily $50 resort fee
- Was formerly the St. Regis Monarch Beach
Monarch Beach Resort Guestrooms and Suites
An enthralling seaside oasis, Monarch Beach Resort features award-winning accommodations celebrating the Southern California lifestyle.
Guestrooms and suites utilize a coastal palette of cool blues and greens to complement white patterned carpet, crisp white linens, and custom-built white furniture.
Extraordinary design elements like seagrass textured wallpaper, sleek dark wood furniture, and gorgeous ocean-inspired artwork only add to its beachy charm.
All accommodations include a private patio or balcony adorned with modern patio furniture, which is ideal for enjoying coastal breezes and extraordinary views. If you’re staying on the first floor, your patio even comes with its own fire pit.
They also have spacious living areas with wall-mounted flat-panel televisions, large desks, restful lounge seating, and plush bedding with custom embroidered white linens. Upscale features like flexible reading lamps attached to bed headboards, Bluetooth-enabled alarm clocks, and state-of-the-art communication panels with one-touch access to a variety of services enhance your stay.
Accommodations include spa-inspired marble bathrooms showcasing deep soaking bathtubs and separate rainfall showers. Marble-top armoires are also featured in each bathroom, adding an opulent functionality to the already elegant space.
Monarch Beach Resort Guestrooms
The resort provides three guest room styles: Monarch Guestroom King, Monarch Guestroom Double Queen, and Fireside Terrace.
While each accommodation exhibits the natural beauty of the seaside surroundings and modern amenities, they have some slight differences. Here’s a quick glance at those differences.
Monarch Guestroom King
Boasting 535 square feet of space, this accommodation can sleep up to four people. It features one king bed and a private balcony with picturesque views of your choice of the pool, ocean, or resort grounds.
Monarch Guestroom Double Queen
Providing 535 square feet of space, the Monarch Guestroom Double Queen has two queen beds, accommodating up to four guests. They feature attached balconies with the choice of view – pool, resort grounds, or ocean.
Fireside Terrace Guestroom (Top Pick)
The largest of the guestrooms, Fireside Terrace Guestrooms offer between 535 and 792 square feet of space. These guestrooms are always located on the first floor, as their attached patios have the added feature of a cozy fireplace. You can choose a room with either one king bed or two queen beds; both options accommodate up to four guests maximum.
Suites at Monarch Beach Resort
The suites at Monarch Beach Resort are relaxation personified with their bright coastal design, highlighted by local artwork depicting living images of the Southern California lifestyle.
Warm and inviting, these spacious suites feature amply sized living and sleeping areas with soft lounge seating, large desks, flat-panel televisions, and incredibly comfortable beds outfitted with signature bedding.
They also provide private balconies with enchanting views, cool ocean breezes, and cushioned outdoor patio furniture, as well as expansive marble bathrooms providing signature bath products. There are six suite styles to choose from, including two Penthouse Suites. To help you choose the right one for you, I’ve provided a quick look at each of their specific features here.
The smallest of the suites, the Junior Suite can accommodate up to three people with an optional rollaway bed. Depending on the suite, it has between 735 and 793 square feet of space with a King bed, intimate sitting area, and marble bathroom with deep soaking tub. It also features a private balcony with your choice of view; it’s the ideal suite for a romantic getaway.
Offering 935 square feet of space, the One-Bedroom Suite is the epitome of stylish luxury with an expansive bedroom featuring a plush king bed and lavish living room outfitted with a comfy full-size sofa bed. It has a gorgeous marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub. There is an attached balcony with picturesque views of the resort grounds, pool, or ocean. Up to three people can share this suite.
One-Bedroom Premium Suite
The One-Bedroom Premium Suite can accommodate up to four people with a large bedroom equipped with a king bed, and an expansive living room outfitted with a full-sized sleeper sofa. You’ll enjoy a taste of beach house life in this oversized, 970-square-foot accommodation that features two spacious balconies and two opulently designed marble bathrooms.
Grand One-Bedroom Suite
An incredibly swanky suite, the Grand One-Bedroom Suite boasts a whopping 1,400 square feet of space with elegant and fresh design features like hardwood floors and coastal artwork. Available for two guests, it has a private bedroom with a comfortable king bed, a spacious living area, two stylish marble bathrooms, and two private balconies offering breathtaking views.
Penthouse Suites at Monarch Beach Resort
The Penthouse Suites at Monarch Beach Resort are the largest accommodations on the property. These two suite options are located on the top floor of the resort and encompass between 1,466 and 3,100 square feet of space respectively. They each feature multiple balconies that overlook the Pacific Ocean, an expansive terrace with fire pit ideal for outdoor entertaining, and gorgeous coastal artwork created by renowned artists.
Penthouse suites feature spacious living areas, multi-purpose dining rooms, and master bedrooms with a large flat-panel televisions, walk-in closets, and marble bathrooms with separate steam showers and deep soaking tubs.
Unparalleled complimentary services are also included with these suites including an assortment of morning beverages, assistance in unpacking and packing, two items of clothing pressed per person each day, shoe shine service, and laundry for workout clothing, and planning services. Here’s how the two Penthouse Suites differ.
Ocean Grand Suite
The smaller of the two presidential suites, the Ocean Grand Suite, has an incredible 1,466 square feet of space. A luxurious and stylish suite, it features a well-appointed master bedroom equipped with a plush king bed, expansive living and dining room area, and a lavish terrace equipped with a fire pit.
The very definition of coastal living, the Presidential Suite is the largest accommodation on the property offering 3,100 square feet of space. Designed for spacious living and entertaining, the suite sleeps up to six people and offers expansive dining and living areas; the latter includes a full-size sofa bed. The space also features a Master bedroom with one king bed, a walk-in closet, and an opulent marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and separate steam shower. A second bedroom has two queen beds.
Three Gorgeous Swimming Pools
There are three swimming pools at the resort, the largest is the Main Pool, which received a complete renovation a few years back.
A picturesque seaside oasis features a multi-level design, including a second tier devoted to sunbathing and lounging. The seating was increased with lavish chaise loungers. A fire pit surrounded by couches was added, and custom-designed cabanas featuring built-in music and fully stocked mini bars were brought in to offer a little more luxury to the scene.
Towel service is provided. If you happen to forget any of your swimming gear, the Spa Boutique and the Miraval Life in Balance Boutique provide a curated collection of designer swimwear, beach totes, sunglasses, and luxury brand sunscreens. If you get hungry, you can order food from the poolside restaurant Sombra, a Mexican Cantina-style eatery.
Monarch’s Main Pool
The main pool at the resort faces directly toward the Pacific Ocean. Made up of two infinity-edge pools, it appears that the water is spilling out directly into the ocean. On the ocean view area of the pool deck, there are two infinity-style whirlpool spas.
A variety of seating options surround these unique swimming pools, including chic daybeds, comfortable loungers, and private cabanas.
Specifically designed with children in mind, the family pool features a graduated entry like you’d expect when entering the ocean. Situated next to the lively and fun Splashground, the family pool is ideal for swimming and wading. Several cabanas surround this pool, making it a great place for families to gather for a day soaking up the sun or relaxing in the shade.
Adults-Only Miraval Spa Lap Pool
The pool located at the Miraval Spa is an adults-only lap pool. It is available to all age-appropriate resort guests, as well as membership holders, and day spa guests who purchase a day pass or treatment from the spa.
Beach, Spa, Golf and Other Activities
There are too many amenities to mention at Monarch Beach Resort, but these are the highlights you should know. There is also a Resort Experience Planner available to help you get the most out of your stay. Call ahead for insider tips.
Note that there is house car service in a Cadillac Escalade within Dana Point city limits. You can also take out a house bike for a self-guided local tour.
Private California Beach Club at Monarch Beach Resort
Exclusive to club members and resort guests, the Private Club at Monarch Beach Resort provides the perfect picture of Southern California Beach culture.
Originally established in 1962, the Beach Club underwent a total renovation complete with a new dining room. It offers a wealth of signature beach experiences including 30-minute No Fail Surf Lessons, Beach Rangers, Ocean Education, and surf and memorabilia exhibitions.
Located seven minutes from the lobby, you can catch the Private Beach Tram to this exclusive beach where umbrellas, chairs, and towels are set up. The tram departs every 15 minutes starting at sunrise and ending at 7:30 p.m.
Miraval – Life in Balance Spa at Monarch Beach Resort
Well known for its “life in balance” philosophy, the Spa at Monarch Beach Resort is the Miraval Group’s first partnership with a coastal location and a hotel.
You’ll find an extraordinary 30,000 square feet of space featuring a boutique, lap pool, Drybar salon, Deborah Lippman nail suite, and tranquility and relaxation zones. More than 70 new and signature treatments are inspired by the coastal locale, meditation principles, and holistic practices.
The Spa also provides you with access to healthy culinary workshops, access to a certified nutritionist, an expert speaker series, and a small café. The latter provides a small menu of juices, healthy snacks, and main dishes like Caprese Sandwich.
You’ll also not want to miss the weekend Miraval Afternoon Tea.
Athletic Club at Monarch Beach Resort
The Athletic Club Monarch Beach Resort has a high-tech gym space outfitted with all the latest equipment ensuring that you’ll enjoy an invigorating workout.
Open 24-hours, they provide a wide array of TechnoGym weight machines, ARKE Core Centric Training System, and more. The Athletic Club also offers diverse fitness classes including yoga and meditation. Complimentary towels and bottled are provided.
Monarch Beach Links
Designed by world-renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the golf course has a traditional Scottish style. It’s set against the unrivaled backdrop of the majestic Pacific Ocean. This award-winning, championship, 18-hole course provides 6,600 yards of tight fairways and challenging greens.
Monarch Beach Links golf shop offers gear, lessons, and camps. The new restaurant, Club 19, overlooks the first tee box. If you’re a guest at the resort you’ll enjoy discounted green fees, preferred tee times, and discounted Flex Set rentals.
Tennis Club at Monarch Beach Resort
The Tennis Club at Monarch Beach Resort is open seven days a week, offering eight elite, lighted, hard tennis courts.
Professional instruction is available, and you can also rent equipment like a ball machine for an hourly fee. Loaner racquets are provided if needed, and tennis balls can be purchased for a small fee.
Dana Point Discoveries
Discover what makes Dana Point and Orange County so special with the help of the resort’s experienced activity planners. They offer a new collection of experiences designed to help guests explore the area. You’ll choose from a wealth of land and sea activities.
This includes surf and SUP lessons provided by the Surf Hosts, exclusive marine adventures by the Ocean Institute, and trail hikes to the Bluff Top. Additional experiences include seasonal whale-watching and a variety of tours.
Kids Club at Monarch Beach Resort
Because they think your kids deserve a dream vacation too, the Kids Club at Monarch Beach Resort offers kids the opportunity to experience an array of unique culinary, watersport, and outdoor activities.
It’s available for children age five to 12, but parents must reserve their child’s a spot at least 48 hours in advance. Check-in is located at the first-floor Kids Room. Activities change throughout the year.
Dining at Monarch Beach Resort
Monarch Beach Resort features seven extraordinary dining concepts – Bourbon Steak Orange County, AVEO Table + Bar, 33° North, Monarch Bay Beach Club, Sombra, Club 19, and Part and Parcel Market.
Each utilizes sustainable practices and seasonal ingredients to create their ever-changing menus. The variety in eateries offered means you’ll find an on-site restaurant for any occasion. To better help you find the perfect place to dine at any time, I’ve provided a quick look at each one.
Bourbon Steak Orange County
An Orange County staple, Bourbon Steak is an acclaimed, award-winning restaurant concept developed by renowned Executive Chef and James Beard award winner, Michael Mina.
You’ll enjoy classic tavern-style American cuisine with a modern twist like the signature Lobster Pot Pie. The restaurant is most well-known for its incredible dry-aged and butter-poached steaks.
AVEO Table + Bar
Created by hospitality firm Puccini Group based out of San Francisco based, AVEO Table + Bar is a Mediterranean-style eatery that offers expansive views of the California coastline.
Embracing the seasonal bounty of the area and a farm-to-table approach, this eatery uses resort-grown herbs and honey along with local ingredients to create a menu of Mediterranean delights, including a selection of grilled pizzas.
Located in the Rodrigo Vargas designed lobby lounge, 33° North was created to be a lively living and entertaining room for the local community to enjoy.
Sectioned off into three unique areas – a living room salon, a bar, and an outdoor patio with ocean views, the space is outfitted with soft comfortable furniture, ocean-themed artwork, and fireside niches.
The restaurant serves an elegant menu of bar bites, craft cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass. There is live music from Thursday to Sunday.
Part & Parcel Market
When you simply want a quick bite to eat, head to Part & Parcel Market. Here, they provide a variety of freshly made juices, gourmet coffees, savory snacks, and delectable pastries in a casual atmosphere. Conveniently located within the resort, it also offers a cool Italian gelato bar.
After you’ve enjoyed a round of golf head over to Club 19, a gastropub-style restaurant overlooking the first tee box. A warm and inviting space, it features an outdoor terrace with an expansive fireplace, perfect for a hot cup of cider or a flight or tequilas.
Inside, large panel televisions line the wall keeping you up on all the latest golf news. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll enjoy traditional American fare with selections like the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.
The go-to place to eat when lounging by the pool, Sombra is a cool, Mexican cantina-style restaurant serving up authentic fresh Mexican fare including fish tacos, nachos, and a selection of citrusy ceviches.
This incredible menu is paired with an impressive collection of Mezcal and Tequila, a variety of margaritas on tap, and, a selection of hand-crafted margaritas. You can dine in the poolside cantina or have your order delivered to your cabana or lounger.
Monarch Bay Club
Boasting a remarkable Southern California style infused with casual elegance, the Monarch Bay Beach Club offers a unique coastal-inspired setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
This refined, yet approachable restaurant features a rich, globally influenced menu where seafood takes center stage. Local microbrews, iconic signature beach cocktails, and an extensive California sourced wine list are also provided.
Monarch Beach Resort Reservations with VIP Perks
Our readers can book in with Virtuoso amenities that add additional value to your stay at no extra cost to you. These include:
- Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in-room guests in AVEO Table + Bar or via room service
- $100 USD Resort credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate or retail items, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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