One of two dozen lavish treatment rooms at Spa Gaucin, St Regis Monarch Beach Resort // photo courtesy of St Regis M.B.

The St. Regis Monarch Beach resort just announced that SpaFinder Wellness readers have awarded its spa, Spa Gaucin, the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award – Best for LGBT. It’s one of less than a dozen worldwide to receive the honor.

“Working your way to the top of a spa category with this level of competition is nothing short of an extraordinary feat,” noted Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness, Inc. “This Crystal Award salutes the hard work of Spa Gaucin’s owners and staff who achieved this honor together by delivering the highest level of services for every client, every day.”

Spa Gaucin sports a private lap pool for guests // photo courtesy of St Regis M.B.

Spa Gaucin is a five-star spa located in the lavish St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. The spa is dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for every guest. It’s also one of the world’s only Forbes Five-Star Spas, inviting guests and locals to celebrate wellness, life and love. Named one of the Top 25 Hotel Spas in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Spa Gaucin is internationally renowned and unparalleled in Southern California. Its namesake is the old world village of Gaucin, Spain, because the spa  delivers a guest experience in a Mediterranean setting that encompasses a 30,000-square-foot, full-service environment, 24 treatment rooms, fitness center, outdoor lap pool, spa café, boutique, and private gents’ and ladies’ relaxation areas and relaxation lounges.

Tempting guests with its crystal waters and Italian countryside ambiance, the pool at St Regis Monarch Beach evokes relaxation // photo courtesy of St Regis M.B.

Overlooking the blue Pacific waters of Southern California, the St. Regis Monarch Beach beckons guests to indulge in luxury accommodations and personalized service at its Tuscan-inspired retreat. In addition to its’ superlative spa, this quintessential Southern California beach resort offers guests 400 elegantly appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites, a private beach club with “Surf Butlers,” six ocean view restaurants including Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed golf course, tennis courts and nearby recreational activities. The resort is located just minutes from the Orange County Airport and 65 miles to both LAX and San Diego Airports.

The awards are based on votes submitted worldwide at SpaFinder Wellness’ global consumer websites ( and by readers of SpaFinder Wellness digital publications. SpaFinder tapped its extensive online readership and customer base of millions; voters were asked to cast ballots only for stay and day spas they’ve personally visited within the past three years. A record amount of votes worldwide were cast— more than any past year in its 10-year history, and provided a comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market’s favorite spas by continent, country, and region across 27 categories.

Spa Gaucin
St Regis Monarch Beach Resort

This news bulletin is based largely on information created or provide courtesy of Spa Gaucin and the St. Regis Monarch Beach.