Regent Santa Monica Beach, the premier destination resort located on the nation’s most celebrated beach, is set to debut this summer. Steps from the legendary Santa Monica Pier, this highly anticipated opening will also represent the first destination in the Americas for the reimagined Regent Hotels & Resorts brand, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio.


Set along the sought-after California coastline, Regent Santa Monica Beach will deliver inspired stays through a blend of timeless elegance and thoughtful luxury, capturing the unique allure of Santa Monica. Imparting the feeling of being worlds away while still offering close proximity to the excitement of the city, the resort will feature expansive and tranquil rooms and suites, a stunning beachfront pool deck, and a sprawling 10,000-square-foot wellness spa destination in collaboration with Guerlain. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort will also offer guests beach butler service and enticing chef-driven culinary destinations, among many other exceptional experiences.


Combining the glamour of Beverly Hills with the unsurpassed serenity and splendor of the coast, Regent Santa Monica Beach is comprised of 24 beautifully appointed suites and 143 guest rooms. Setting a new standard for spaciousness in Southern California, guest rooms start at a generous 720 square feet with bathrooms that feature luxurious soaking bathtubs, rainfall showers, bidets in the water closet, and double vanities, creating a true oasis for guests. Boasting ocean-facing views, the resort will offer 2,180 square feet, two-story Atrium Suites located on the second and third floors, while the eighth floor will hold the largest room, The Santa Monica Presidential Suite which will be equipped with a game room, separate living room area, and four Juliet Balconies. Throughout the property, guests will discover design and style elements focused on privacy and high personalization to uplift their personal experience and preferences. The project, with a budget exceeding $150 million, features visionary designs by renowned firms such as AvroKO and Wimberly Interiors, and is a partnership between Andre Zotoff, Chief Executive Officer of ownership group Strategic Hotels & Resorts, which has owned the property for more than 20 years, and Regent Hotels & Resorts.


“The addition of Regent Santa Monica Beach to the Santa Monica communities promises to deliver an unprecedented experience for travelers and locals alike,” said Younes Atallah, General Manager of the resort. “With a commitment to distinguished, bespoke service alongside an alluring oceanfront location, we are eager to share this incredibly special property with the world and welcome guests to indulge in a modern evolution of traditional luxury.”


The resort will provide exceptional epicurean experiences through inspired cuisine at its signature restaurant, Orla, a new concept in partnership with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina. The zest and charm of the Mediterranean will be brought to the shores of Santa Monica through Orla’s vibrant hospitality and creative cuisine. “Orla is an incredibly personal concept for me, taking inspiration from my childhood,” shares Chef Michael Mina. “The earthiness of za’atar, the tang of citrus, and the intricate layers of a perfectly cooked piece of fish or charcoal-grilled meat all take me back to the captivating flavors I grew up with and enjoyed around the table with my family. With oceanfront views and the vibrant energy of the restaurant, guests will instantly be transported to the Mediterranean.”


Alongside Mina, the resort will partner with celebrity entrepreneur and philanthropist Ayesha Curry and her burgeoning lifestyle brand, Sweet July. Launched in 2019, Sweet July aims to uplift an inclusive and eclectic array of creators through the products sold and the stories shared. Resort guests and visitors will have access to a specially curated Sweet July experience, which will offer high-quality bespoke products produced by Black-owned and women-owned brands, as well as an all-new menu inspired by Curry’s Jamaica roots, which will include café staples like Sweet July’s signature coffee, tea, pastries, and desserts.


While Curry has collaborated with Mina in the past, this will be her first collaboration with a resort and their first restaurant concept together for Curry’s Sweet July brand which has its flagship location in Oakland, CA.


“I am so excited to expand our Sweet July experience to the beaches of Santa Monica with Regent,” said Ayesha Curry, CEO & Founder of Sweet July. “We’ve curated a very special menu celebrating my Jamaican roots, and I look forward to bringing it to Santa Monica and the iconic Regent brand.


Guests of the soon-to-open Regent Santa Monica Beach can expect to experience Regent’s distinctive brand hallmarks, from inviting and generous personal havens throughout the resort to highly personalized selections for each guest including scent, music, literature, and more to enable uplifting experiences. Dedicated Regent Experience Agents will create curated stays for each guest based on their individual preferences, crafting an elevated experience beyond expectation.


Following the successful and celebrated openings of Carlton Cannes, a Regent Hotel, and Regent Hong Kong, the opening of Regent Santa Monica Beach will contribute to the new era for IHG Hotels & Resorts, marking an historic return of the Regent brand to Los Angeles. As Regent’s flagship property in the Americas, the resort will pave the way for extraordinary moments and set a new standard of modern luxury in the hospitality industry.