Suite of the Week: The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach
Where: Dana Point, Calif.
What it costs: $3,645 per night (winter) to $8,295 per night (summer)
What’s inside: The 3,100-square-feet spread features a massive living room that houses a fireplace, grand piano, entertainment center and study corner. An adjoining dining room sports a table with seating for 10 -- perfect for conferences, a family meal or a competitive Scrabble game. In the master bedroom: a sitting area with a fireplace, walk-in closet and flat screen TV that rises from the foot of the bed. An all-marble master bath soothes with a separate steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. A full-size bar and pantry help make entertaining a breeze. The suite boasts multiple balconies, including one large terrace with a fireplace, and incomparable panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. Toss in St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service, a company-wide tradition for more than 100 years, and you’ve got the ultimate pampered experience.
What else you get: For starters, an enviable SoCal coastal location just south of Newport Beach that yields some of the nation’s best weather. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course isn't long from the tips, but it plays every bit of its 6,600 yards thanks to bold bunkering, a wide variety of hazard-laced holes and one true stunner, the par-4 3rd, which features a full frontal of the Pacific Ocean. Top dining options include Stonehill Tavern, which rolls out inspired cuisine and a wine list to match, and the private Monarch Bay Club, for beachside dining with flair. The award-winning Spa Gaucin has a lengthy menu of rejuvenating treatments, a fitness center, an outdoor lap pool and a movement studio. The resort’s main pool offers ocean views and luxe cabanas; if you’re itching to feel the sand between your toes, a Surf Butler can assist—in or out of the water.
For other budgets: Guest rooms start at $392 per night in summer’s high season. In shoulder season of November-December, rates start at $195 per night.
Book it: 800-722-1543, stregismb.com