We have stayed at the Monarch a number of times and in Sea Pines for the past 12 years. Monarch is lovely, very clean, extremely well-maintained and in a prime, beach-front location. It does not have food service or theme pools, but is located next to the Sea Pines Beach Club which has bar and food service a well as beach rentals. The Monarch has a kids water feature, a heated lap pool and large pool next to a gazebo with gas grills. There are three hot tubs and family games like shuffleboard and corn hole. Multiple organized activities range from boot camp classes to Zumba to kids activities like crafts and a pool DJ. The location in Sea Pines sets it apart from all the other Marriott resorts on the island. Sea Pines is gated with miles of bike trails under Live Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. You can ride to South Beach Marina, Harbor Town, tidal pools, the Baynard Ruins - all within Sea Pines. If you want to venture out of Sea Pines on bicycle, you can circle the entire island, all on bike trails - something like 26 miles worth - or bike to Pickney Island Wildlife Refuge for a tour.