we spent the weekend before last at the st. regis monarch beach after they kindly extended the invitation for us to come visit! since it was our 8th wedding anniversary weekend as well as father’s day, it felt like the perfect place to celebrate it all, and celebrate we did! my sister hannah flew in for the weekend as well! it was so nice having her there and also having her help with the little ones while josh and i snuck away to dinner just the two of us on our anniversary and did a few other things. thanks, hannah!
the st. regis property at monarch beach is just breathtaking! from the rooms to the pools to the menu to the beach, it’s evident that every last detail is looked after. we enjoyed s’mores on the beach at sunset, a day of whale and dolphin watching from a boat, a private lesson and game of croquet, a scavenger hunt all around the grounds for eleanor and samson, afternoons at the pool and some of the most delicious meals.
we always have so much fun putting together little videos so here’s one with some footage from our weekend, and then lots of photos below! (music in the video is “oceans” by kim edwards.)
and now, get ready for a bajillion photos because editing them down to just a few was impossible. editing in general is not my strength.
pretty sure the highlight of walking into our hotel room for eleanor was discovering her mini robe and slippers! it is just so sweet how much this little lady loves her pj’s and comfy clothes each day. she’s even asked to wear her robe a couple of times around the apartment since we’ve gotten back. she loves it.
conrad’s face here is epic. he’s like, “MOM. SERIOUSLY. HELP.” can you believe how big he looks here though?! where is my baby?
if your kids are going to wake up at the crack of dawn on vacation, room service certainly does make the crazy hour wake up call worth it.
our family likes to “ching-ching” with our glasses! it’s so cute that the kids do this all on their own and we’ll say “to eleanor!” or “to samson!”
so lucky to have my sister hannah with us! she is getting married next month and we couldn’t be more excited for her. we had fun together after everyone went to sleep a few nights in there going over her wedding planning and details. she’s got such a good one in the works!
okay, so most definitely the best part of the weekend for me was our croquet lesson. mainly, because we really got into it and wore all white for the experience. :) and secondly, because josh played most of the game with a baby in his arms, and that to me, was just perfect.
the kids did so well playing until they discovered that the croquet mallets could be turned upside down and used as pretend crutches!
a family photo memorializing this epic adventure! what a fun afternoon! if you go, i can’t recommend this activity enough! we need a croquet set in our lives. but i guess we need a yard first. ha!
we spent a few hours each day down at the pool! i have three water babies who live for time in the water and it just makes me so happy to see them splash and play and make such fun memories together in the water!
can we talk about that sunset for a minute?! because REALLY. could it be any more beautiful?
a downfall to city living is being behind on our swimming skills (we don’t have too many pools near us for practice). we worked hard a couple of afternoons in there to take the “floaties” off and practice floating and doggy paddles and putting our head under the water! so proud of both eleanor and samson for being so brave and going for it!
the crab cake eggs benedict from st. regis’ motif restaurant was delicious! we ordered it a second time our last day it was so good.
conrad didn’t get any of the eggs benedict, but he did enjoy a mashed up banana that morning! i love this stage where they are so eager and interested in food!
a boy and his balloon!
so i have to take a second and tell you about one of the coolest things we experienced at st. regis. their butler service! have you ever tried something like that before? we hadn’t, but i found it incredibly helpful! they can unpack everything for you, steam and iron your clothing, shine your shoes, bring a juice or coffee and croissants to your room every morning and pretty much anything to be helpful to you and make your stay better. it was such a cool experience to try out!
sneaking away for a little romantic anniversary dinner!
josh had chocolate covered strawberries (with the fanciest gold on top) delivered to our room the morning of. samson might have eaten the majority, but he’ll tell you they were delicious! ;) also, the lobster pot pie at their stonehill tavern restaurant (you can see the full creation in the video) was so good! the presentation (they bring it out to the table as a full pie and cut and dish it for you right there) was exciting and unique and we scraped the dish clean.
the happiest water baby you ever did see! he loves to stick his tongue out when he’s extra happy!
the kids had a lot of fun on a scavenger hunt one morning around the st. regis grounds! we called it a “treasure hunt” since they understand that a bit better, and they had a great time following their map and looking for clues hidden in tiny boxes around the halls and lobby and gardens.
we enjoyed lunch down at the beach at the monarch bay club’s restaurant one day where my sister ordered some of the prettiest fish tacos i ever did see!
ah, take me back!!!!!
see! there’s the tongue thing again! we all have noticed that everyone in our family has been sticking their tongues out more when conrad does it. ha!
we wanted to surprise our papa with a fun breakfast in bed on father’s day! since he’s eating super clean and doesn’t eat delicious stuff like sugar, we had to resort to a bowl of oatmeal and juice. but with the help of samson, he ate the entire bowl, so i think he liked it. and how cute is eleanor’s little whale under the water drawing on her card for him?
we went to church on sunday morning, and came back to the hotel to a special father’s day buffet brunch the hotel was serving. they seriously were serving everything, from oysters and sushi to pancakes and waffles and everything in between. we stuffed ourselves silly. i don’t think any other buffet with ever compare. i mean, they probably had 25 different desserts alone!
the st. regis set up a fun day of whale watching for us with captain dave and we had a great time out on the water on a boat where we saw 4 different kinds of whales and so many dolphins up close (you can see them in the video!). it’s an experience none of us will forget! you could even crawl down under the boat and sit in these glass pod things to watch the dolphins and whales under water while we were in the ocean!
on our first night, we had fun roasting marshmallows at the beach together! we also had a mini family talent show around the fire where we took turns introducing one another as special entertainers and performers and sang or danced or acted something out for each other! without question, the best part of the show was when samson pretended to be a “toy soldier.” i don’t think describing it will do it justice, but all of us adults were definitely crying from laughing so hard. it’s going down as one of my top 5 best memories of that kiddo so far. it was just classic samson and executed in the sweetest and silliest way possible. such a fun night!
and riding in this adorable teeny tiny tram was another big highlight for not just the kids, but us too! it’s how you get to the golf course and private beach, and the drivers were always so nice letting samson and eleanor sit up front with them and push the gate buttons and things. i don’t know what i’m going to do when those kids are old enough to DRIVE!
it was most definitely a weekend we will not forget, one where we felt so special and well taken care of. it was impressive just how helpful and diligent the staff at the st. regis was to make sure our stay was nothing short of the absolute best. we truly felt spoiled and will forever hold onto these special family memories made.
a special thank you to st. regis monarch beach, with whom this post is in partnership, for having us. and for making our stay such a wonderful one.