Sanctuary Beach Resort
What We Love
- Gorgeous location in the sand dunes of Monterey Bay
- Rooms are especially comfortable and cozy thanks to gas fireplaces and private patios or decks overlooking the ocean
- Beach bonfires are lit every evening at sunset
- READ MORE: 72 hours on Highway 1
What To Know
- Equally appealing to families or couples
- The resort sits on 19 oceanfront acres; guests get their own electric golf cart to help get around quickly
- Pets are welcome for a $40 fee per day
- It’s about a 10-minute drive to the town of Monterey
- A $16 environmental fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Situated on 19 oceanfront acres along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, this sprawling resort feels a bit like a mini-village where every room has a view of the Pacific. The laid-back vibe, friendly service and comfy rooms mean relaxation comes easily. And while cars aren’t permitted within the resort, guests are also issued electric golf carts — handy for getting from your to the restaurant, pool or beach quickly.
Bed and Bath
Rooms here are cozy and comfortable, with plush beds, small sitting areas, flat-screen TVs and well-stocked minibars. Bathrooms are big but basic and come stocked with Gilchrist & Soames products. Gas fireplaces offer a way to warm up during cool evenings, and it’s also fun to snuggle up under a blanket with a glass of wine on your private patio or balcony overlooking the water.
Start the day with a walk along the beach, and then hit the Serenity Spa, where treatments such as the Sea Salt Glow and Massage make it easy to unwind. Relax by the heated outdoor pool and, when hunger strikes, hit the hotel’s Hawaii-inspired Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse, which serves surf-and-turf alongside a lengthy menu of tropical drinks. End the day around the nightly bonfire, lit just as the sun starts to sink into the sea.
In the Area
It’s a short drive to Monterey. If you’re traveling with kids, a trip to the town’s famed aquarium is a must, as is a tour with Princess Monterey Whale Watching for dolphin, orca and humpback whale spotting. Spend an afternoon browsing the shops, galleries and wine-tasting rooms along Cannery Row — some favorites include the Cannery Row Antique Mall and Pierce Ranch Vineyards outpost. For a memorable meal, make a reservation at the wonderfully old-fashioned Sardine Factory and be sure to order the abalone bisque.
How to Get There
Beautifully situated on one of the most spectacular stretches of protected sand dunes on the coast, this hotel *could* be a to-die-for destination hotel. Too bad the rooms feel more like a motel instead. Boy does it need an update - from the cheap doors and windows to the well worn carpets. Wish the sheets and pillows had been higher end too. Funny because the new lobby makeover makes it seem like it’s going to be super-swank. Too bad!
I used 250,000 American Express points to book this 3 day couples getaway. The lobby was nice, and there was a variety of fruit infused water. Decent start.
After check-in, we were told to park and wait for a golf cart ride to our room, an oceanfront suite. It was 59 degrees, and our Austin, TX plane attire wasn’t appropriate for a golf cart wait or ride. That’s on us.
On the way to suite 613, the driver told us about a complimentary wine hour at the restaurant. Dropped our bags without looking around and went to the wine hour which was solid.
When we returned from the wine tasting, we found our keys did not work so we had to wait for new keys. The price on this room approached $600/night. It has the cheapest of plastic vertical blind window coverings straight out of the dollar store catalogue. The ocean exists behind a dune so you could hear it well. My wife needed to use the rest room and found a filthy toilet with someone else’s leave behind still caked inside.
The front desk apologized and sent a golf cart driver to take us to our new room. While loading up our luggage, the brake failed on the golf cart. I had to hold my foot on the actual brake while he finished loading. He let us know that when it rains it pours and this was the 3rd different golf cart that malfunctioned today. He then informed us we’d be moving next door to suite 611. It would have been way easier to not use the golf cart.
Suite 611 had a better view, but it was no cleaner. When I pulled back the sheets, there were two giant circular stains. We packed our bags and headed out. When we informed the front desk, they let us know the sheets were just worn. They were having trouble reaching the manager. Would we like to wait?
We informed them we had already booked another room elsewhere. It’s been 16 hours and I’ve heard nothing from the manager.
I spend 40% of my time on the road in hotel rooms. This is the worst experience I’ve ever had regardless of price. Your money. Your choice. Good luck.
I choose that place after many researchs on the net. I was looking for a peace full spot in front of the Pacific and I have to say that it was beyond my expectations. Of course they are different rooms and cabin according to your budget but having a full view villa directly on the beach, with no one in front except the ocean is just worth it.
The room was very comfortable. The fire place was really appreciated to compensate the ocean breeze.
At night only the waves can be heard and it will definitely take you for a peaceful night.
The heated pool was also a cool and relaxing moment.
I highly recommend the Sanctuary Beach Resort for those who are looking for such rare moments of unique moments for relaxing and contemplation.
Few last words about the crew : gentle, professional, smiling, kind.
Thanks to Jereon and his team.
We booked 2 nights and ended up staying 3. We are here for our anniversary and this is our second time here. It is a short drive to Monterey, yet none of the crowds. We love listening to the beach. We live inland, so this is quite a treat. Our room was second story, right off the beach. They have golf carts to take you from your car to your room. We love this place!
I've stayed at this resort many times and it has always been a wonderful experience. For the price you can't go wrong. The rooms are very nice. You will either have a front ocean view or a peak at the view depending on the unit. There are suites and deluxe rooms. The resort is dog friendly. The private beach is literally steps away. They have a private space on the beach where they will light a bonfire each night. It's magical. The ambience is relaxed which is my preference. They just went through a major remodel to the main building and it looks great! There is also a restaurant within the compound and it was wonderful. I highly recommend this place. Really great if you have kids too.