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Experiencing The Monarch


Article by Nadine Bubeck

Photography by Nadine Bubeck

Need to escape reality? Join the club. Truth be told, we could all use some sand and sea to ease our mind during these unsettling times.

Nestled in Dana Point, California, sits The Monarch Beach Resort, a AAA Five Diamond luxury destination fit for families seeking the best in R&R.

The Monarch, recognized among the best in the world, flaunts panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and 400 exquisite guest rooms and suites. The property boasts a picturesque golf course, pools, six esteemed restaurants, and the distinguished Miraval Life in Balance Spa. 

Your Room 

Designed to embrace a coastal palette, all rooms and suites embrace the natural beauty of the seaside while featuring custom furnishings. Spacious enough to fit a family of five in a 2-queen guestroom, enjoy a private balcony or patio, plush bedding, and luxe bath amenities. Make sure to book a room with a view.

Resort Play

Monarch is known for accommodating guests of all ages. Included in your stay, a retro Woodie Tram transporting you to and from the private Monarch Bay Beach Club. At the Club, Monarch staff helps with towel and umbrella service- getting you set up to sunbathe on the sand. 

But if you prefer pool over ocean, take your pick of three places to splash and swim. The Monarch Pool faces the sparkling pacific; the Family Pool is ideal for wading (plus a splashpad); but if you can manage some solo time, take a dip in the adults only Miraval Lap Pool, accessible with a day pass to the Spa.

The property’s centralized lush pad of grass is perfect for little feet to run around and play. The resort has implemented fresh programming that meet physical distancing standards; more than 50 fitness classes and family activities are held outdoors, and the oceanfront golf experience features a touchless arrival with carts disinfected and ready. 

All resort employees are certified in the resort’s "Stay Safe" protocol and undergo daily temperature and health screening checks. Employees wear PPE for your safety.

Where to Eat

Covid isn’t stopping hotel guests from dining; Monarch is taking all Covid precautions, offering safe (and stylish) dining options at its signature steakhouse, Bourbon Steak, open for dinner and AVEO Table + Bar, ideal for breakfast and lunch. All restaurants promote social distancing and delectable options.