Dana Point, California
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club
What it is
A recently revamped 400-room Spanish Colonial gem on 175 acres, with a private beach club, 7 buzzing restaurants, three jaw-dropping pools, and a serene spa.
What it isn't
Boring. You’ll find a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed golf course, more than 40 gratis classes in the athletic club, and so much more.
What we think
Set on a prime blufftop stretch set over the cerulean Pacific Ocean, this is the resort with everything—whether you want to indulge in wellness workshops (such as demystifying meditation or salsa dance) or just chillax on the powdery sand at the private Monarch Bay Beach Club, where you can rent stand-up paddleboards before sipping a local microbrew at the indoor/outdoor bar. Thanks to a recent Art Deco-inspired overhaul, the spacious guest rooms (starting at a whopping 535 square feet) are nothing less than perfection—with private terraces, marble-lined bathrooms and a SoCal color palette of sandy taupes, cloud whites and beach blues. Fireside Terrace Rooms are worth a splurge for their al fresco fire pits—ditto the Ocean View Suites, which have separate living rooms that peep out on the frothy surf.
You're here because
You’re bringing the kids, and there’s a family pool for kids with a Sprayground…and a spa pool for when you need some splash-free R&R.
Los Angeles power couples happily make the drive to the resort’s Bourbon Steak restaurant for date night, where whiskey and wagyu ribeye dinners await. But tonight, it’s Chef Michael Mina’s caramelized persimmon salad with avocado and marcona almonds that’s setting your pulse racing. Sometimes, vegetables have all the fun.
Restaurants & Bars
Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina - #1 Restaurant in Orange County by the OC Register
33º North - Coastal cuisine with hand-crafted cocktails offerings
AVEO TABLE + BAR - Mediterranean spirit with a contemporary Southern California flavor
Monarch Bay Club - Regional American cuisine
Club 19 - Coastal cuisine with hand-crafted cocktail offerings overlooking Monarch Beach Golf Links first tee
Sombra - Seasonal poolside Mexican Cantina
Part & Parcel Market - Southern Californian coffee shop with market fresh foods
Nestled on its own expansive grounds in Monarch Beach in the charming beach town of Dana Point, an hour’s drive from Los Angeles International Airport.