Just over an hour’s drive south of LA will leave you perched at the idyllic St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort along the pristine shores of the Pacific Ocean in Dana Point and the perfect spot for a balmy getaway.
The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond-rated Laguna Beach retreat has world-class golf facilities, private beaches, the award-winning Spa Gaucin, and with added touches like butler service and family programs, it’s a divine place to stay for any traveller.
The views alone are reason enough to have St. Regis Monarch Beach (SRMB) as your new favorite place to stay on the West Coast but when you add in all the amazing amenities, fitness activities, and day trip options like a ferry ride to Catalina Island, you will be in OC heaven.
St. Regis Monarch Beach is also a top wedding location choice for those looking for the perfect nuptial spot. (A recent Indian wedding there even saw the groom make his entrance on an elephant!) There’s nothing SRMB won’t do to make your stay, or event, the best ever.
The dining jewel in the crown of the resort for me is the amazing Michael Mina restaurant, Stonehill Tavern. The eatery serves up the best of American cuisine, featuring seasonal ingredients, California coastal vegetables, and local seafood specialties. Menu highlights are the Morro Bay black cod, Painted Hills beef filet mignon, and Mina’s classic whole fried Jidori chicken for two. Their extensive wine list and knowledgeable sommeliers will offer you the perfect pairing for what will sure to be a delicious meal overlooking the ocean.