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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Manuel was a great help to us and he is fantastic. The entire staff was very helpful and pleasant. This was our first trip to Central California and this was a great way to start our vacation with a view of Monterey Bay. I would stay here over anything in Monterey if relaxation is the goal.
My wife and I stayed here and had an amazing experience. So we sent our son and his wife there as an anniversary gift. Unfortunately, the staff did not give them the same experience ... instead treated them as though they were kids staying with their parents! They did not get the breakfast baskets included in the package ... so they did not get the whole experience. While it seems small, it’s the little things that make the difference when you stay at a high end place like this. And they dropped the ball!
Sanctuary Beach Resort was a restful and relaxing spot for a vacation. It was lovely to relax on the balcony of our room late afternoon with a glass of wine and watch humpback whales spout in the distance. The room was charming except for a very uncomfortable couch without any lumbar support. The location was very quiet and a welcome retreat from the busyness of our daily lives. Most days, we went to Mia’s Coffee in Marina for breakfast rather than order the cute but expensive hotel option. We look forward to returning.