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The Best of Orange County Health & Wellness for 2019

By The Editors

Monarch Beach Resort

12.20.18

Align your mind and body with help from these tried-and-true trainers, fitness studios and wellness experts.

BEST RESORT SPA EXPERIENCE
Monarch Beach Resort (1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point) Tranquility awaits at Monarch Beach Resort, where its menu of offerings is so extensive, there’s no need to leave the property when prepping for an event or unwinding after a long week. Begin at the Miraval Life in Balance Spa, which includes more than 70 types of facials, body treatments and massages. Book the Sea Salt Serenity treatment (120 minutes for $395) to wash away stress with a sea salt and oil scrub, a warm crystal salt stone massage and therapeutic scalp massage featuring a mask laden with apricot kernel oil. Tend to your tips at the Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon, then smooth your tresses at Drybar with a blowout and a glass of bubbly. Oh, and did we mention the full schedule of yoga, meditation and fitness classes?

BEST HOLISTIC TRAINING
STARK (17524 Von Karman Ave., Irvine) Co-founder and President Todd Vande Hei and his team take all aspects of health into consideration when helping clients, from personal training, nutrition and chiropractics to blood tests, body scans and cold laser therapy.

BEST FOR THE BURN
BOXHAUS (1342 Bison Ave., Newport Beach) Muscle up at O.C.’s first luxury boxing studio, where you’ll duke it out in the ring or give a punching bag a good beating in private or group sessions, burning up to 1,000 calories in 45 minutes to one hour.

BEST SWEAT FOR THE SOUL
GritCycle (Anaheim, Dana Point and Costa Mesa) Heart-pumping indoor cycling, upbeat playlists and plenty of mood lighting make the GritCycle workout an experience for both the body and mind.

BEST BURN & BRUNCH
Crystal Cove State Park & Babette’s (Newport Coast) Throw on your Lululemon and hit the trails at Crystal Cove State Park, where O.C.’s elite enjoy the great outdoors. Refuel at nearby Babette’s with a raw cold-pressed juice and gluten-free pancakes.

BEST UNPLUGGED RETREAT
The Pearl Laguna (21095 Raquel Road, Laguna Beach) With room for 14 guests at a time, The Pearl offers weeklong retreats ($5,500), where you’ll unplug, hike and train daily, receive nutritional guidance and chakra balancing, and begin your day with sunset yoga.