Monarch Beach Resort Unveils Sweeping $40 Million Reimagination

Southern California’s Premier Destination Resort Debuts Region’s First Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Five New Dining Concepts, Expansive Pool Area and Transformed Arrival Experience; Special “ReDiscover Monarch Beach” Package Offered to Guests in Honor of Redesign

The Monarch Pool at Monarch Beach Resort (Photo: Business Wire)

DANA POINT, Calif.--()--Monarch Beach Resort today announced the completion of its year-long $40 million comprehensive renovation that introduces guests to a reimagined luxury resort destination. An encore to the recently refreshed 400 guestrooms, the dramatic redesign features a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa by Miraval Group, the preeminent spa and wellness brand’s first coastal location; a transformed culinary program and five new dining concepts; an expansive new pool area complete with private cabanas; and a new arrival experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome guests, members and neighbors to our thoughtfully reimagined resort that offers a perfect balance between luxury and approachability, and captures the allure of Dana Point’s majesty,” said Ian Pullan, General Manager of Monarch Beach Resort. “Expressions of our extensive transformation, anchored by the Miraval Life in Balance Spa, introduce guests to memorable experiences befitting one of the finest resorts in Southern California.”

Miraval Life in Balance Spa
Miraval Group brings its nationally known spa and wellness brand to Southern California with the opening of the Miraval Life in Balance Spa.

Renowned for its “Life in Balance” philosophy, innovative programs and treatments, the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa provides guests with a new wellness experience inspired by the resort’s oceanfront location and rooted in practices that deliver a healthy lifestyle. The spa offers more than 70 signature treatments developed at the company’s flagship Miraval Resort & Spa near Tucson, Arizona, each designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being,” and encompasses 24 treatment rooms, a lap pool, spa suites, boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones.

Programming is further enhanced through Miraval-inspired healthy menu items available at the resort’s restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa; visiting specialists from Miraval Tucson, offering an even greater number of signature Miraval programs; and spa memberships available for local residents.

New Dining Concepts
Acclaimed for award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, the resort’s signature restaurant, and private beachfront dining outlet, Monarch Bay Club, Monarch Beach Resort debuts five new dining concepts led by Executive Chef Collin Thornton. Using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices in all menu creations, the resort’s transformed culinary experience includes:

  • AVEO Table + Bar: The Mediterranean restaurant and bar’s bright and open space, designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group, reflects the property’s new style of effortless living in seaside elegance. While highlighting the best cuisine from Spain to Italy and from Greece to Morocco, dishes are inspired by local influences and ingredients.
  • 33° North: Dana Point’s new social center offers three distinct scenes that pay homage to the resort’s inviting coastal location: a contemporary bar for guests to savor hand-crafted cocktails, a living room salon, and an outdoor patio with fireside niches that create a beach-home feel with live music Thursday through Sunday.
  • Part & Parcel Market: Dana Point’s newest neighborhood emporium, also designed by Puccini Group, features small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go in the morning, afternoon and evening.
  • Club 19: This refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub located on a coveted perch near the golf course takes the notion of bar food to the next level.
  • Sombra: This Mexi-Cali family-friendly poolside cantina serves a fusion of Mexican/American dishes with a mixture of healthy salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food.

A New Arrival Experience
Beach house-inspired details speak to the coastal spirit of Southern California from the moment of arrival with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors, and celestial blue and sea-glass green accents.

Expansive Pool Area
The new outdoor oasis provides more ways for couples and families to connect with the adults-only Monarch Pool, the Family Pool with splash zone and two infinity-edge spas that seamlessly spill into the stunning seascape. Private cabanas with built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, increased poolside chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit surrounded by couches provide the setting for guests to gather in the evenings. The new multi-level design features a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.

New Rooms and Suites
A coastal palette of cool blues, greens and crisp whites distinguish the 400 newly appointed guest rooms and suites designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design. Modern patio furniture adorns the balconies off every room and suite, and all first-floor balconies feature new fire pits for true beach living.

Dana Point Discoveries
A refreshed collection of experiences immerse guests in Dana Point’s rich land and sea offerings. At the resort’s private access beach, guests may enjoy a range of marine adventures, standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons under the guidance of a resort Surf Host.

“ReDiscover Monarch Beach” Package
In celebration of Monarch Beach Resort's re-imagination, the property is offering a special "ReDiscover" promotion that includes luxury accommodations in a fully restyled guest room, daily breakfast for two, a $100 daily resort credit, and complimentary resort charge and parking. The “ReDiscover Monarch Beach” package starts at $499 per night.

With a fresh personality reflective of Dana Point’s coastal lifestyle, the transformed Monarch Beach Resort envelopes guests into a luxurious and welcoming beach house atmosphere with a distinct sense of place. Adding to the resort’s peerless breadth of amenities is the distinguished Robert Trent Jones-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, which Golf Magazine named a Gold Medal Resort for 2016-2017.

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About Monarch Beach Resort
Monarch Beach Resort, Orange County, California, is an AAA Five-Diamond awarded luxury resort recognized among the best in the world, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and 400 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites. This resort, nestled along the coast in Dana Point, features the Robert Trent Jones-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, a 2016-2017 Gold Medal Resort by Golf Magazine; access to one of the most exclusive beaches in Southern California; three luxurious pools; six ocean-view restaurants including Chef Michael Mina’s lauded Stonehill Tavern; and the distinguished Miraval Life in Balance Spa.

About KSL Resorts
Founded in 1992, KSL Resorts manages, asset manages and consults for a variety of world class destination resorts with outstanding recreational amenities including spa, golf, tennis and ski. Each is refined yet unpretentious, rich in legacy and genuine in service; including, the Hotel del Coronado (San Diego, Calif.), Beach Village at the Del (San Diego, Calif.), Miraval Resort and Spa (Tucson, Arizona) and the newest addition, Monarch Beach Resort (Dana Point, Calif.).


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Monarch Beach Resort Unveils Sweeping $40 Million Reimagination; Debuts Region’s First Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Five New Dining Concepts, Expansive Pool Area and Transformed Arrival Experience

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Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
MJ Salcido / Rachel Farnham
310-586-7120 / 310-586-7109