The sprawling St. Regis Monarch Beach is situated on a beautiful golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With elegant, comfortable rooms, large, beautiful bathrooms, and stunning grounds, it's easily one of the nicest hotels in Orange County. But it's one-and-a-half miles from the beach, so guests who want to be closer to the sand should consider the nearby Montage.
Opened in July 2001, the St. Regis Monarch Beach combines Tuscan-style architecture with a beautiful natural setting. Its location atop a steep cliff offers astounding views of the Pacific Ocean, but it's a seven-minute drive (or ride on the free hotel tram) to get to the beach.
Mid-way between San Diego and Los Angeles, the St. Regis offers a quiet and relaxing location overlooking the sea.
The sprawling grounds of the St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel are located between Los Angeles and San Diego, far from the big towns but with easy access by car to the main attractions in this part of Southern California. The 10-15 minute drive on the Pacific Coast Highway to Laguna Beach offers breathtaking views of the steep cliffs and the sea.
7-minute drive to the Dana Point Harbor - Catalina Island ferry
7-minute drive to Dana Point whale watching
12-minute drive to The Mission San Juan Capistrano
13-minute drive to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak station
15-minute drive to Laguna Art Museum
Three shopping malls under a 35-minute drive: Fashion Island; Irvine Spectrum; and South Coast Plaza
42-minute drive to Legoland California
45-minute drive to Disneyland Resort
75-minute drive to San Diego Zoo
90-minute drive to LAX
90-minute drive to San Diego International Airport
Spacious, luxurious rooms with resort or ocean view
The rooms at the St. Regis Monarch Beach are spacious and get a lot of sunlight, but you get the feeling they haven't been updated since the hotel opened back in 2001. (The telephones aren't the latest model, and there are CD players, not iPod docks.) Overall, though, the rooms are beautiful and in great condition.
All rooms include:
Five-fixture marble baths with tub and a separate shower
A wireless keyboard and a DVD/CD player
Butler service for guests staying in any of the suites
Superior and Deluxe rooms: 535 square feet; one king or two queen beds
Executive suites: 350 – 792 square feet; king bed; separate living area
St. Regis suites: 935 – 991 square feet; separate living area; pull-out sofa; guest bath; king bed; master bathroom with tub and separate two-person shower
Monarch suites: 1,466 square feet; king bed; Jacuzzi tub and a two-person shower; separate living area with a fireplace; a guest half bathroom; a wet bar and pantry; and a dining area that seats 10
Presidential suites: 3,100 square feet; living room with a piano and a fireplace; a dining room with seating for ten people; a guest bathroom; a full-size bar and pantry; a master bedroom with a flat-screen TVs that rises from the foot of the bed; a master bath with Jacuzzi tub and steam shower; and a connecting guestroom with a king bed and full marble bathroom
Monarch Bay Club: This private beach club is located directly on the beach, located seven minutes from the property by the hotel’s tram or by car. The restaurant serves char-grilled meats and seafood daily for lunch and dinner. It is also open on Saturdays for breakfast, and on Sundays for brunch.
Swimming pools: The main swimming pool and the lagoon pool both have stunning views of the ocean. Guests who get spa treatments also have access to the spa’s three-lane lap pool. Cabanas are available for rent at the main pool.
The award-winning Spa Gaucin is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. for treatments. It features 24 treatment rooms and four couples’ suites, as well as a eucalyptus steam room; a sauna; a three-lane lap pool; a tranquility lounge and an organic cafe.
Large fitness center with private yoga and Pilates classes available upon request
Eight tennis courts (open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily) equipped with ball machines; $30/hour to rent a court or $125/hour for private lessons
The Sandcastle Club for kids five to 12 years old offers half and full-day activities such as surf and tennis lessons, and group entertainment. Open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays).
On-site 18-hole golf course with beautiful views of the ocean
The well-equipped business center features a 60-inch plasma TV; video conferencing technology; a projection screen and integrated sound system; and a remote-controlled AV.
Stonehill Tavern: Acclaimed chef Michael Mina serves modern American cuisine Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant also offers an outdoor terrace for dinner and cocktails. The bar opens at 5 p.m.
The Wine Cellar is a private dining venue featuring 17,000 bottles from around the world. It is available by reservation only.
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