Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., completed its year-long $40-million renovation. An encore to the recently refreshed 400 guestrooms, the redesign includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa by Miraval Group, a transformed culinary program and five new dining concepts, a new pool area complete with private cabanas, and a new arrival experience.
Two design firms helped in the reimagination of the property. Puccini Group, a San Francisco-based hospitality firm, was a partner in developing and executing the redesign of AVEO Table + Bar and Part & Parcel; while Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design added patio furniture to the balconies of every room and suite, as well as adding in all first-floor balconies new fire pits.
The new Miraval Life in Balance Spa has 24 treatment rooms, a lap pool, spa suites, boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon, and relaxation and tranquility zones.
Chef Michael Mina helms Stonehill Tavern, while five new dining concepts are led by executive chef Collin Thornton.
AVEO Table + Bar is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar with open space, designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group. 33° North is a “social center” with three spaces, including a bar, a living room salon and an outdoor patio with fireside niches. Part & Parcel Marke was also designed by Puccini Group. Club 19 is an indoor-outdoor gastro pub located on a perch near the golf course. Meanwhile, Sombra is a poolside cantina.
The arrival area was also redesigned, inspired by beach house-inspired details, including panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors, and blue and green accents.
There is also a new outdoor area with the adults-only Monarch Pool, the family pool with splash zone and two infinity-edge spas. There are private cabanas with built-in music and outdoor mini-bars, poolside chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit surrounded by couches. The new multilevel design has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.
The 400 rooms and suites, designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design, now have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. There are also patio furniture adorning the balconies of every room and suite, and all first-floor balconies have new fire pits.