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
This is a great resort if you’re looking to disconnect from your busy life back home.
I stayed in a Deluxe room with Ocean view and would definitely recommend that (my second time staying with them in this type of room). The fire place is incredible and the views are absolutely stunning from these rooms.
If the weather permits it they have 3 campfires set up on the beach just before sunset which were really lovely to sit by to watch the ocean. They also supply blankets in your room for those colder days which were much appreciated.
They also have a HEATED pool and hot tub which are open year round until late at night, which was a nice option for those days when the weather didn’t cooperate (like for me).
The one downside is that there aren’t many dining options in the resort itself (if you want food before 3pm onsite you need to order breakfast/lunch in your room - would be nice if there was a small cafe at least where you can buy small snacks/drinks). That being said the breakfast basket is definitely worth it in my opinion - not for the size of the food but the ambiance, as you can eat it while looking at the ocean).
As for Salt Wood (the restaurant on site) I really was not impressed and as a result only ate there once. The food itself (i had the fried chicken and Brussels sprouts) was really excellent but unfortunately most of the waiters seemed more interested in chatting with each other than checking on the guests.
My waiter (shorter guy with black hair and glasses) didn’t understand that I was trying to get his attention a number of times - and the restaurant really was not busy. They never came to refill my water or ask if I needed anything else, which was disappointing.
Would not eat there again, which sadly means that my only dining options were the room service, Walmart across the street or driving into Marina to get food.
One additional suggestion for Management would be to consider offering some fitness activities (other than a daily walk on weekends) or at least offer equipment in a fitness room.
I spent over 20 years in the travel industry and I must say I am extremely pleased to have found this treasure. From phone pre-arrival phone calls to our first impressions on arrival and everything that has followed so far (we are still here) our experience could not have been better. Everyone from management to housekeeping has been very helpful, friendly, and professional. I do not often go back to the same places, well because there are so many amazing places to experience in the world, but I will be back here as often as I can, and I am already recommending The Sanctuary Beach resort to our friends and family. It was the perfect place for us to spend my 55th birthday! Come for the relaxation and stay for the experiences.
The staff and customer service at this resort is great. They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. I would highly recommend room 711 as the view of the ocean is great. Perfect place to getaway and relax.
Gorgeous, well appointed rooms. Priceless ocean views. Delicious, innovative restaurant. Outstanding, attentive staff. Reasonable rates. Furry friends welcomed. Nightly sunset bonfires. What’s not to love? This was our first but not last visit.
The Sanctuary is a perfect place to truly have a peaceful and/or romantic time out away from the busy life we have! It's therapy for your soul to sit on those adirondack chairs in front of the ocean with your feet in the sand. The rooms are perfect and all the staff is outstanding. Susan at the front desk is just wonderful and makes you feel so welcome to be there!