The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa

The Old–world elegance of a classic seaside resort set amid the modern splendor of the “California Riviera.”

“One of the 52 Best New Resorts in the World.” -Conde Nast Traveler 2002

The timeless ebb and flow of tides that touch the shore along the southern California coastline form a fitting backdrop for the old-world elegance and contemporary styling of the inspired St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa. Situated in picturesque Dana Point on a high bluff overlooking the azure blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the resort offers splendid accommodations in every conceivable sense of the term, including, in large measure, the invigorating challenge of world-class golf.


A frequent AAA Five-Diamond winner, the Tuscan-motifed St. Regis in fact has the distinction of being one of only a select few California resort properties offering 18 holes of championship oceanfront golf.


Gentle breezes off the nearby Pacific waft coolly across the Monarch Beach Golf Links’ course, a truly memorable destination for year-round play. Opened in 1983, the course received a complete renovation in 2001, when it hosted the Hyundai team matches. The St. Regis course traces the dramatic Dana Point coastline, dubbed the “California Riviera” for its resemblance to its legendary French counterpart. Considered one of Southern California’s most demanding and scenic courses, the resort’s golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and is patterned in the Scottish links tradition. It is said that when Jones designed the course, he kept his eye on the ocean at all times, which serves to explain why golfers can see the water from all 18 holes. Two of them are even close enough to the beach to spot whales swimming offshore during their winter migration. With undulating greens and gathering bunkers, the course will challenge players of all stripes, from novice to professional.


The Monarch Beach Golf Links has been the host to several nationally televised golf events. Money leaders from the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours have had spirited competitions on the picturesque course.


Play from atop the dramatic bluffs that underlie the course is so scenic that it will raise comparisons with the famed Italian Isle of Capri. Notably, the golf course was designated by Golf for Women magazine as being among the 50 best public and resort courses for women. The St. Regis course was singled out for balancing equal measures of fun and challenge, offering female and male players alike a rigorous test of skill on a course with superb aesthetics.


The esteemed panel of judges who nominated the St. Regis course noted that rounds can be played either short or long, with three great yardage options for women. They also made note of Club 19, with its elegant terrace that overlooks the course, and its gorgeous views of Catalina Island, lying off the coast against the horizon in the Pacific.


The resort itself was opened in July, 2001 and is situated on 172 acres overlooking the golf course, lavish gardens and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of eleven internationally renowned St. Regis hotels owned or managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. The flagship property for this grand and glistening chain is the legendary St. Regis Hotel in New York City, which was built by Colonel John Jacob Astor IV in 1904.


The hotel industry’s most prestigious awards and accolades are commonplace at the St. Regis. In addition to the AAA’s highest rating, the resort is also listed by the world-renowned Zagat Survey as one of the top 50 U.S. resorts. Even more impressive is the fact that it achieved this exalted rating within its first year of operation.


If ever there was a notion that American hotels and resorts lack the exquisite taste and gracious splendor of their European counterparts, a stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa will dispel the idea once and for all.


Discriminating guests may indulge themselves in 400 spacious guestrooms, including 74 luxury suites. All of the guest quarters are elegantly appointed with custom-designed furniture in relaxing earth tones, offset by richly embroidered white Filido Italian linens and luxurious goose-down comforters. No element of comfort is overlooked. Windows in the light-drenched rooms are accented with sturdy plantation shutters, and the marble bathrooms are adorned with separate showers, bathtubs and freestanding double vanities. What’s more, the guestrooms boast balconies overlooking the resort property and the ocean.


Old world touches abound, and every detail of design is tastefully considered. From accents of polished stone, hand-blown glass and finely forged iron, to rich fabric swaths of drapery and plush Italian-styled carpets, the effect is one of quiet poise and stately grandeur, creating a serenely cloistered retreat where the careworn world recedes into the background.


Amenities at the St. Regis Resort, to say the very least, are superb. The resort’s Spa Gaucin, with its marble walls, elegant indoor waterfalls and spacious treatment rooms is, as the New York Times describes it, “a cathedral to calm.” No extravagance is forgotten at this luxurious, 30,000-square-foot facility. Each of several changing areas offers a steam room, a sauna, an herbal sauna and a whirlpool that emanates from an overhead waterfall. Add to these a three-lane lap pool, a full-service salon, a tea bar, a gym and movement studio, and there is little else one could hope to be pampered with.


With no fewer than seven restaurants and lounges, the resort can answer virtually any culinary whim, from classic gourmet to after-game refreshment. Its award-winning Aqua restaurant showcases the extraordinary talents of Executive Chef Bruno Chemel, whose signature cuisine marries French technique with an Asian flair.


Or, following a vigorous round of play, guests may opt to refresh themselves at the resort’s relaxing Club 19, a Tuscan-themed clubhouse with sweeping views of the ocean below and the nearby first tee. Here, guests may dine alfresco on the terrace patio, or enjoy the atmospheric comfort of a hearthside table within.


The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa also features a full-service fitness center that earned the resort USA Today’s acclaim for being among the “10 great places to work out on the road.” With strength and cardio training and free weights, the facility offers fitness-conscious guests nearly every amenity. Dana Point is located approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, on the southern Orange County coast. Travelers along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway pass through several beautiful beach cities that add to the area’s adventure and allure. In addition to Dana Point, they include: Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and San Clemente. Dana Point is also just a short distance from the legendary community of San Juan Capistrano and its famous Mission. It is also convenient to Orange County’s John Wayne Airport located in nearby Newport Beach.


The resort is also proximate to several of Southern California’s entertainment attractions, notably Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County; Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles; and the San Diego Zoo and Sea World in San Diego.


In keeping with the St. Regis brand’s stellar heritage, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa offers its guests a consummate mixture of old-world refinement and contemporary comfort; mingle that with the enduring pleasure of championship golf and a visit here will be memorable for a lifetime.

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