The twinkle of the twilight suggested it, the Pacific panorama insisted. The Orange County Coast was born to be adorned by a resort ripened in a revel of upscale vacating, lavish luxuriating, and visual seaside splendour.
In refurbished fashion, this former St. Regis property, The Monarch Beach Resort has risen, and come to crown the coastal jewel of Orange County in a seaside scene that celebrates a slice our states’ most geographically gifted seaboard.
And its geography defines its glorious redesign. The doors opened on June 1, 2016, and introduced an ocean-inspired palate of whites, azures, and sea greens. With it, a veritable posh playground by the sea was established, with all the amenities and experiences to tie a beautiful bow on being in this bastion of sun, sand, and serenity.
I don’t golf, but if I did, their rolling greens over the Pacific seems like a nice place do 18 holes. Tennis too, with complimentary access to resort guests. Now the resort pools, perched over Monarch Beach are definitely a language I speak, with their plush cabanas (featuring hammock swings within!), infinity spas, and all oceanic outlook, the resort could really ride on this landscape alone. Don’t let it, because you’ll kick yourself for missing Monarch Beach. The complimentary umbrella, towel, and lounge chair service punctuate the polish of the Monarch Beach Resort experience, which is decadent to its core.
The pulse of which, can be experienced at Miraval Life in Balance Spa. Here, in sumptuous sand tones, toasty taupes, and hints of glint, the unrivalled mystique of coastal quiet and restoration, meets its indoor match. With a mission of wellbeing braided throughout, expect crystal salt stones and maybe some marine mud to reframe your feelings on how to spa by the sea.
Following a steam duo, both aromatic and not, I experienced the Ocean and Earth Body Wrap. Land and sea elements make a lush, lavish treatment come true that opens with a skin brushing and body exfoliation. Especially in winter, this is so vital, an epidermal descaling, if you will (do). Once that external layer has been eliminated, they nourish the next with either algae or marine mud, blended with an essential oil of our selection (I went with my timeless aromatherapy default – rose geranium). The hydrations seeps below the surface, and revitalizes wintered skin something wonderful. All the while, we’re treated to a scalp massage, that nourishes our roots and infuses apricot oils into our dehydrated dreads. This might be the one size fits everyone spa treatment. While I’m all for long term health benefits, if immediate gratification speaks to you, this treatment will be poetry. Nobody’s getting out of there anything short of anew. Request Yolanda.
And because basking isn’t complete unless someone else is doing your hair, there’s a Dry Bar right there on property. This was my first Dry Bar experience. Glass of champagne in hand, some Kate Hudson film in front of me, and hair blown out before the glass was even empty? This is next level luxuriating.
The Monarch Beach Resort has replaced what was formal and remote with an open, airy, echo of the land it lavishes. The splendour of the spa and the pomp of pampering services easily deem this destination, if not desirable on location alone, a true treat in retreating.
Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Tel: +1(800) 722-1543 / +1(949) 234-3900
The resort is located off the 5 in Laguna Beach and is equidistant between San Diego and Los Angeles. Overnight and valet parking is available at a charge.
Type of Hotel: AAA Five-Diamond Boutique Beach Resort
Number of Rooms: 400 rooms and suites and free Wi-Fi
Insider Tip: We went before the holiday rush (3rd week of December), it was uncrowded, and magical, and a highly uncelebrated time to visit – I highly recommend. To that end visit in any off season if you can. Come summer, expect full capacity. The Spa is a must and Yolanda is fantastic.
Price Band: Expensive
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs by Jolie Loeb