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This lavish SoCal resort invites guests to unwind in an exclusive oceanfront setting.
Designed to pamper in every imaginable way, this $240-million mega-resort commands a 172-acre stretch of prime, oceanfront, Dana Point property. Its tennis club features eight courts and a dedicated tennis pro, while the 30,000-square-foot Miraval Life in Balance Spa boasts two-dozen state-of-the-art treatment rooms, customized treatments, and Dana Point's first Drybar salon and Deborah Lippmann nail suite. The see-and-be-seen pool is classy and private with individual cabanas and stunning ocean views.
The 400 guest rooms are fresh and modern, with muted colors that reflect the coastal landscape. Among their many amenities are goose-down comforters, 300-thread-count sheets, 55-inch flat-screen TVs with Bluetooth technology, Keurig coffee makers, rainfall showers and soaking tubs. Suites have the lavish feel of a Beverly Hills home.
Dining here effortlessly follows a pattern of pampering the senses. Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern offers a Modern American menu that focuses on seasonality and a versatile wine list, while concept restaurant Aveo Table + Bar blends Mediterranean and Californian flavors and techniques. Additional dining includes Sombra (Mexican), 33° North (casual bar food) and Part & Parcel Market (deli fare).
Just below the property, the famous surfing beach of Salt Creek offers guests their own little SoCal playground. There is also the breathtaking Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, as well as a full kids clubs so that parents can take advantage of the resort's adult offerings while their little ones enjoy supervised play. Last but certainly not least, in-house butler service is at the ready to meet your every need.