LAGUNA BEACH HAVEN

Tuscany goes coastal in the form of the new St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa near Laguna Beach, California. Mediterranean villa architecture, surrounded by gardens and groves of olive and cypress trees, suggests bella Italia, while the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course, private poolside cabanas, hiking trails, and six-acre beach favor rec-reation Southern California-style. The 30,000-square-foot spa merges the two cultures with treatments like latte baths and avocado wraps. An outpost of chef Michael Mina’s rave-earning Aqua seafood spot virtually ensures the 400-room oceanfront retreat instant classic status. Rooms from $415. (949) 234-3200, www.stregismonarchbeach.com