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Golf, Gourmet Food, And...Cougars at the St. Regis Monarch Beach

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  Site Where: One Monarch Beach Resort [map], Dana Point, CA, United States, 92629
March 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM | by | ()

There’s no shortage of luxury resorts on the Orange County Coast, or the California Riviera as some fancy folks call it, but during a recent stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, we wanted to know what set California’s only five-star, five-diamond resort apart from the pack. Um...aside from being California's only five-star, five-diamond resort that is.

Situated just north of Dana Point, the hotel has the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and the Montage Laguna Beach for neighbors, but the St. Regis is situated on a links-style golf course (think St. Andrews) with an unobstructed view of the sea, and has its very own private beach, where guests can frolic during the day, and dine in the hushed elegance of the Monarch Beach Club restaurant in the evening.

Back up the walking path at the main hotel, there are still more frills to be found in the 400 guest rooms and 74 suites. The standard rooms go for about $380 a night these days, but guests staying in one of the suites get extra perks like butler service.

The other main draw at the resort, besides the fine dining at Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, and Motif, where Frenchman Frederic Castan is chef, is Spa Gaucin (pronounced gow-seen), which is named after a cliff-top Andalusian town, and where guests are pampered with Olavie vinotherapy products during treatments like the full-body Mediterranean massage.

However, the resort’s Pure Seduction Thursday nights--when the lobby is transformed into an anything goes nightclub--is what really sets it apart from its neighbors. Locals and guests alike cavort and shimmy to Top 40 tunes in the company of Real Housewives and other indigenous wildlife (cougars and pumas abound) until the wee hours.

But that’s enough fun for us. We'll let the resort's Director of Sales and Marketing, Michael Mustafa, tell us about all the features you can find as a guest of the St. Regis Monarch Beach. Watch the video here.

Full Disclosure: Eric Rosen spent two nights here as a guest of the St. Regis Monarch Beach while on assignment for another publication.

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