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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
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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Beachside charmer nestled in Monterey Bay’s sand dunes, with cozy rooms, nightly bonfires and straight shots of the sunset

The Look

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

Sanctuary Beach Resort
3295 Dunes Rd
Marina, CA 93933 United States


4.0 Very Good 1069 Reviews
Beautiful view
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very clean with fantastic ocean views. Love the little touches such as the bonfire on the beach with the chairs pointed toward the sunset. Don't want to walk out to the bonfire...no problem there are ample fire pits throughout the property. Rooms are well taken care of.

Listen to the surf, watch the sky and simply relax
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very courteous staff, well kept grounds and rooms. Quiet and relaxing. Suggest seeing the property map on their website to best plan your stay. All car parking is at the reception lobby area. They will shuttle you and your luggage to and from your room. All beach access is through a path in the middle of the property. Due to the sensitive dune habitat access to the beach is restricted to using that path. Oceanfront provides the best views and the best ability to hear the surf. There is a considerable distance between your room and the actual ocean.

Rooms are well appointed with gas fireplace, robes, pool towels, beach blanket, binoculars, upscale toiletries, K-Cup coffee, safe, fridge, microwave, etc.

It requires planning as anything you might need is a shuttle or walk to your car and then a drive away. Shopping center is nearby but beyond walking distance. Plan what you might want for food/snacks.

While the property is 100% non smoking several visitors openly smoked, enforcement is questionable.

The on-site restaurant is over pried for the quality and has a separate review.

Awesome place at Monterrey!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We were received by a very nice girl at the front desk, don’t remember her name but she is the “lady with the happy voice” :), she was super friendly and gave us all the information about the hotel.
After that davontea gave us a ride to the beautiful room, clean, with lots of space and a great ocean view.
We went to the beach and so plenty whales, did smores and had dinner at salt wood.
All about this hotel is amazing. The decoration, the cleanliness, the location and the staff.
We definitely would have stay 2 more nights there.
The kids loved it. We too.
It is worth every cent!

So beautiful so friendly
Reviewed 2 months ago

This was a fantastic one night stay down in the Monterey area. We headed down from sf for the night with two families with young kids (3, 3.5 and 7). The resort is gorgeous, literally on the beach/dunes, with wonderful amenities. Food was good to excellent. Resort staff were unbelievable - so helpful and literally the nicest/happiest staff I’ve ever encountered and legitimately made our stay even more wonderful. Will absolutely come again.

Beautiful sunset & bonfire - Superb service
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed in a deluxe double room overlooking the ocean. The view from the room is perfect, even from the bed. The room is comfortable for a couple, having all the details to complete the stay, from binoculars and a full stocked mini bar to blankets to see the sunset from the small terrace outside the room. The hotel has a bonfire every afternoon at sunset.
Bathroom amenities includes very comfortable bathrobes.
We really enjoyed the in room breakfast. It comes in a basket with every detail taken into consideration.
The service was excellent with everything we requested.
We loved our stay and will definitely go back!