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Monarch Beach Resort is brimming with fitness, wellness, and fabulous experiences that feed your soul while traveling in California! While visiting this summer I wandered around the property immersing myself in the glow of Dana Point’s beauty! 

Woman smiling next to Miraval spa sign

Among Monarch Beach Resort’s fabulous amenities includes the addition of Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa to the property. Miraval has been elevating the spa experience for years, and sharing the best of this branding of wellness with Monarch Beach Resort guests and locals alike means more health for everyone.

Healthy Dining and Memorable Moments

You won’t need to travel far to find some of the most exquisite West Coast eateries… right on the property there are several mouth watering spots you should try! Aveo Table + Bar blends the Mediterranean with Californian vibes and together they’ve created a healthy dining haven packed with flavor! There you’ll find everything including the seafood, cocktails, and salads feature locally grown goodies.

The acclaimed Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is part of the fabulous dining lineup! It has recently been named the #1 restaurant in Orange County and the incredible food paired with the over the top hospitality makes this a must-visit. I also love 33°North and the Part & Parcel Market at Monarch Beach Resort. 33° North’s perfect for a cocktail and their totally unique atmosphere gives you a variety of settings all under one roof! At Part & Parcel you can grab your coffee and some fresh foods before heading out to enjoy an afternoon at the pool or off the property exploring the coast. 

Total Body Wellness

Spa guests can enjoy the completely customized treatments offered at Miraval, creating the most relaxing and attuned experience for anyone who graces the spa’s state-of-the-art facilities. The strong emphasis on presence and mindfulness kick starts your journey to healing as one by one you drop away your worries and ailments. I was thrilled to see five Peloton bikes at this property – what a treat! 

Fitness as at the forefront of the spa, giving guests the opportunity to choose from a variety of classes including restorative yoga and meditation practices to more intense cardio-centric courses. Regardless of your level of fitness, Life in Balance rewards your presence with a feeling of renewal after each class. 

My favorite fitness offerings include the expert-led Garden Circuit and Body Bootcamp (with a healthy dose of TRX!) However, the H20 Bogafit is incredibly innovative and also at the top of my list as water is the ultimate in resistance and balance training. 

Man standing next to Golf sign

Teed Up 

We love getting out and exploring golf greens all over the world. Chris has had the pleasure of playing at the Legendary Orange County Golf, designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones, Jr. This 18-hole wonder takes you to Scotland – a beauty, a challenge, a memory you’ll have forever. If you’re a fan of golf you’ve likely already heard of this course, as it has received some of the best accolades in the sport including “Best Places To Play” by Golf Digest. 

Treatments I Love Most

Inspired by the region and refined by experts in wellness, each treatment boasts local ingredients or is executed by the most skilled hands in the industry. For facials here I love the Diamond Brightening Facial or Monarch Signature Facial. I also love that this locale offers a “Back Facial” readying your skin for time in a bikini – especially if you’ve been in winter weather or are just making your swimsuit debut after a long break! 

Massage your cares away at Life in Balance Spa. I’ve had the pleasure of booking massages across the world and have found that though every professional brings a different aptitude to the table, Miraval stringent requirements mean therapists are among the very best.  

Sunlight sands highlight the spa grounds while the bluest skies you’ve ever seen meet the ocean around you. Being close to the seemingly endless ocean reminds you of just how little your troubles are – just in time for a completely relaxing spa session. Miraval’s Life in Balance at Monarch Beach are a match made in wellness heaven.


Extra Luxe and Fun

Monarch Beach Resort is home to the Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon, so if you didn’t have time to freshen up your manicure or pedicure before your trip – there’s no need to panic! Pair your visit there with a stop at the Drybar and you’ll be set for an evening out! Drybar is stocked full of high end hair goods and accessories and because they specialize in blowouts – you can bet it’s going to be amazing!


Monarch has just unveiled their Beach Club, making beach adventure and relaxation even more accessible to guests than ever before. A shuttle will take you to some of the most fun you’ll have in the Atlantic including paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, and educational classes for the whole family. This special addition to Monarch Beach Resort surely adds a fun factor and amps up the already incredibly accommodating charm. 

Scrumptious dining, a touch of adventure, and a spa that elevates your mood and wellness… I’m already ready to head back to Monarch Beach Resort. Who’s with me?

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