DANA POINT, Calif. - Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury hotel brand, today announced the debut of Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, transforming the previous Monarch Beach Resort to the brand’s newest coastal retreat in Dana Point, Calif. The award-winning AAA Five-Diamond resort in Orange County now invites guests to enjoy California-inspired, unforgettable experiences through the brand’s elegant and highly personalized service approach.
“It is an honor to welcome guests and members alike to Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club as we unite two distinctive brands to bring unparalleled service and enriching experiences to life,” said Dino Michael, senior vice president and global category head, Hilton luxury brands. “The conversion of this resort is such a natural fit for our brand and we are thrilled to be part of this iconic, luxury beachfront community in California.”
The new Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club is nestled hillside along the coast and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. With a private beach club, Monarch Bay Beach Club, resort guests and club members are invited to experience an elevated slice of California’s beach culture with ocean activities as well as a beachfront bar and coastal-inspired restaurant. Equal parts sophisticated, approachable and intimate, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club has a personality that fits perfectly with the playful coastal lifestyle of the area. Seamlessly bringing to life Waldorf Astoria’s brand ethos, the resort will continue to offer unforgettable experiences and unparalleled standards of luxury service and hospitality.
“We are excited for the next chapter of the resort and to be partnered with the Hilton team to bring it to the next level of unforgettable luxury as Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club,” said James Cole, Ohana Real Estate Investors partner. “Having the Waldorf Astoria’s commitment to legendary service and best-in-class experiences is a fantastic addition to our Ohana portfolio.”
Following Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of effortless service and culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club will offer best-in-class amenities and extensive dining program, including:
Guest Rooms and Suites
A coastal palette of cool blues, greens and crisp whites distinguish the exquisitely appointed 400 guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature lavish textiles, comfortable chaise lounges, ocean-inspired artwork, and marble top armoires to complement the full marble baths. Modern patio furniture adorns the balconies off every room and suite, and first-floor patios feature fire pits to evoke a true beach lifestyle. Bluetooth-enabled alarm clocks and flat screen televisions allow guests to seamlessly sync phones or tablets to play music and stream movies.
Offering an unmatched level of world-class amenities, resort guests and club members can access the private beach club via a scenic tram ride. An expansive outdoor pool area includes The Monarch Pool, The Family Pool and two infinity-edge ocean view whirlpool baths that spill into the stunning seascape, private cabanas with built-in music, stocked outdoor mini-bars, and outdoor fire pits for evening relaxation. An award-winning, oceanfront 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., welcomes golf enthusiasts.
A one-of-a-kind Southern California escape, the resort boasts seven culinary options sure to suit the desires of any palate:
- Bourbon Steak Orange County is Michael Mina’s acclaimed restaurant concept, known for its modern, seasonal take on the classic steakhouse dining experience.
- AVEO Table + Bar features a Mediterranean concept that embraces the seasonal bounty of the Californian coastline with a “Farm-to-Bar” approach and dramatic ocean views.
- The lobby lounge area 33˚North offers a bar, a living room salon and an outdoor patio complete with ocean view.
- Exclusive to resort guests and members, the Monarch Bay Beach Club is an oceanfront bar and restaurant that showcases a refined yet approachable menu of seafood and coastal cuisine.
- Part & Parcel Market is a marketplace perfect for guests on the go with its wide selection of gourmet coffee, delectable pastries, freshly-made juices, smoothies, gelato and savory snacks served in a casual atmosphere and convenient location.
- Club 19 offers a Gastro Pub dining experience located at the 1st tee on the golf course, with an outdoor terrace warmed by a large fireplace and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
- The poolside Mexi-Cali cantina Sombra serves authentic and fresh Mexican cuisine, such as fish tacos, innovative healthy salads and citrus-y ceviche.
- Luxury In-Room Dining is offered with a fresh, coastal menu to enjoy a handcrafted, private meals in the comfort of each room or on the guest’s private balcony or patio.
Spa and Wellness
Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club looks forward to welcoming an all new spa at the property, debuting in spring 2021. With health and wellness always a focus at the seaside retreat, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club currently offers guests and members more than 40 weekly fitness, yoga and meditation classes as well as a 4,500 square foot Outdoor Athletic Pavilion.
Meetings & Events
With more than 30,000 square feet of indoor event space, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club offers meeting, event and wedding planners innovative and integrated technology capabilities, elegant venues and personalized menu options. The resort’s expansive 60,000 square-feet of outdoor event space include a lush botanical garden, gazebos, spacious verdant lawns, and ocean view terraces. Additionally, all meetings and events at the resort will be backed by Hilton EventReady with CleanStay, Hilton's elevated cleanliness and customer service program for meetings and events.
To celebrate the latest addition to the Waldorf Astoria family, the resort will offer a ‘Welcome to Waldorf’ package to include luxury accommodations, 15,000 Hilton Honors Points, $150 resort credit, complimentary valet parking, complimentary resort charge and a late check-out. This offer is valid January 6 through June 30, 2021.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts guests can access additional benefits of Hilton Honors membership, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive Member discount, and free Standard WiFi. Members also have access to contactless technology exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app.
To emphasize Hilton’s commitment to the health and safety of guests, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club will also participate in the Hilton CleanStay Program with Lysol Protection to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection. Our elevated processes and Team Member training have been developed with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, to help guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.
For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria.
About Ohana Real Estate Investors
Ohana Real Estate Investors is a vertically integrated investment firm focused exclusively on the luxury hospitality space. Founded in 2009, the firm invests in debt and equity via commingled fund vehicles and separate accounts; it has invested in excess of $1.5 billion since inception. In addition to Monarch Beach Resort, which Ohana purchased in November 2019, the firm owns a collection of properties in some of the most sought-after locations in North America. Its portfolio includes Maravilla Los Cabos, Twin Dolphin Club, and Montage Hotels & Resorts in Deer Valley, Healdsburg, and Los Cabos. For more information, please visit www.ohanare.com.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising nearly 7,400 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 124 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for six consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 173 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architecture, Peacock Alley, refined art collections, Michelin-starred dining concepts and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at waldorfastoria.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.