by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Monarch Beach Resort, formerly the St. Regis, Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California is in Orange County and offers families 400 guestrooms and suites with king and queen beds, ocean views and balconies, large bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. The premium suites are considered family rooms and offer sofa beds and complimentary Suite Host service, as well. The largest can sleep up to six guests.
Onsite fun can be had at one of the two swimming pools, the local beach, the golf course and the tennis club. Specifically for children, the Coastal Caterpillar Club keeps those between 5 and 12 occupied with games, entertainment, scheduled activities and more. Full-day, half-day and nightly programs are available for different fees. Babysitting is also available for children under 5. Families can also sign up for water sport lessons through the resort.
Enjoy family meals at the Stonehill Tavern (dinner only), AVEO Table + Bar (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Club 19 (breakfast and lunch only), Sombra (lunch and early dinner only), Part & Parcel Market (to-go breakfast and lunch items), 33 North (lunch, dinner and drinks), or the Monarch Bay Club (lunch and dinner).
Our Editor Loves
- Kids club
- Golf course and tennis courts
- Multiple dining options
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
We booked reservation through a third-party website and on the day of arrival our reservation got cancel. I frantically called the resort and Bernice Vergel was able to book me a last-minute reservation at an amazing rate. She was even able to get our original room preference. Totally saved the day.
I had played the golf course a number of times but hadn't stayed at the resort before. Glad I finally did. There are several luxury resorts in the area but this one stands out for several reasons. The view, of course, and it's a beautiful layout but with the extra grounds that give you such an open feeling. The surrounding golf course helps with this, of course, but the resort developed a beach site with a beautiful restaurant, open only to hotel guests and only a couple of minutes by the free hotel tram. The beach has everything you would want with the privacy and service you would expect. You don't get both these amenities at the other resorts. So, if you wanted the perfect event or wedding setting this is it. The food and service is great but, as we all know, the staff there makes a huge difference.
If you get a chance to go there don't pass it up.