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
Our stay at this resort was perfect to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. The staff here is great, the property is beautiful, and anything you can need for a relaxing & romantic weekend is here! We loved this place so much we are already planning a trip back! They are also dog friendly which is a plus! We also loved this property because it is literally a 15 minute drive to cannery row, downtown Monterey, & Carmel. It made for a fabulous 3 day weekend trip.
The Santuary Resort and Spa was a beautiful place. Just minutes from Monterey. Little odd that they don't offer a restuarant to serve breakfast. They do offer room service breakfast, but very expensive. No side table on one side of bed for coffer, cocktails, etc. Bathroom is a little odd...no counter space, just a shelf over each of two sinks.
The resort is a special place located within the protected state park dune field. Direct private access to the beach and bonfires each night. Waves can heard crashing all night from the rooms and the salt air is very refreshing! The daily happy hours around more fires were fun!
I would recommend for all types outings such as small business gatherings to family with kids playing on the ???? beach.