Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
What We Love
- The spa's whirlpool overlooking Siletz Bay
- Free putting green where you can borrow clubs and balls
- Dining on hyper-fresh coastal cuisine, sourced from local farmers and fishermen, at restaurant Samphire
- Despite being more for spa and romantic getaways, the hotel is still great for families: there’s a game room that has arcade classics and air hockey
What To Know
- Property opened in 1965 and went through a $25 million renovation in 2007; guestrooms were renovated in 2015
- 20th-century construction means you can hear some noise from other rooms
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Despite its stunning Siletz Bay views, Salishan feels more alpine lodge than beach resort, with overstuffed leather couches, dark woods, and a massive stone fireplace, while the huge surrounding evergreen trees make the covered walkways between the rooms and the lodge feel like the inside of a tree fort. The cozy lodge vibe extends to the spacious guest rooms, where dark woods, plaids, and artworks by Northwest artists surround gas fireplaces, while balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in. Mod cons include flat-screen LCD TVs, free WiFi, Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges and microwaves. The bathrooms have a vanity with two sinks and granite counters. The various restaurant options at Salishan offer different levels of formality and different views. Great for a quick breakfast or lunch, the more casual Sun Room and Grill overlooks the 18-hole golf course. The Attic Lounge attracts a slightly older crowd with live music and a happy hour menu featuring wood-fired pizzas. Samphire, the newest addition, plays up Oregon’s culinary bounty with elevated dishes that spotlight locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from the surrounding ocean and valleys, like cured ivory chinook and Oregon lamb. The gorgeous spa, across the street, has wet and dry saunas and a whirlpool overlooking Siletz Bay.
In the Area
You’re here to unwind amid nature, but if you’re looking for action, head to nearby Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City for comedy shows, concerts and gambling. Twenty miles away, in Newport, is the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where you can see seals, sea lions, jellyfish and a giant Pacific octopus, or you can pay to dive in the tanks with hundreds of fish. While in Newport, also visit the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871. Forget cheesy oil paintings of the surf, and check out the modern sculptures and paintings at Lincoln City’s Freed Gallery.
How to Get There
I recently attended Salishan's inaugural wellness retreat. I love Salishan - it is such a relaxing place to visit with beautifully appointed rooms with views of the golf course or of the bay. The resort is under new ownership and the general manager is working hard to establish a new model of service that will "re-establish the resort as the benchmark for coastal hospitality, wellness and eco-adventure in the PNW." He has succeeded on all three points. Salishan is at the top of my list to suggest to family, friends and colleagues as THE place to stay while on the Oregon coast. The resort has beefed up their activities and events line up and there is something for everyone. Some of the summer offerings included sunrise yoga, interpretive guided hikes, S'mores & Pours, and the Paws on the Patio Yappy Hour which includes any four-legged friends that might accompany you during your stay. I would also make time to visit the Spa which is located across the highway. Book a massage and then enjoy the many spa amenities - especially the relaxation lunge with fireplace and the outdoor infinity whirlpool. I would give Salishan a five star rating however, there is one area that needs a little help - the food offerings. They have a new culinary & beverage director so I want to give him time to settle in and refocus his team. The end of retreat dinner featured a local Farm to Fork theme, but I found that the flavors in the dishes did not mesh well and in one case (a wild rice dish) was seriously under cooked. I have organized work retreats in previous years at Salishan, so I am a bit nervous about the food quality for our upcoming retreat as they have always been consistently good in the past. Additionally, my friend and I found the offerings and service in the Sun Room to be a bit lacking. If Salishan is striving to be make the resort a destination experience, their menus should reflect the"wellness theme" by including gluten-free and vegan offerings, and expand their menu beyond standard breakfast fare/bar food (in the Attic Lounge) Service in the Sun Room was extremely slow for no apparent reason as there were only a handful of people eating there. Additionally, restaurant staff seemed unable to adjust to the needs of the retreat participants - to put food items into to-go containers because their order had taken too long to prepare and they were in danger of being late to the next retreat session. My hope is that they will quickly remedy this situation. In the meantime - be sure to visit the nearby Side Door Cafe which is featured in Gerry Frank's Oregon guide book. Excellent, PNW cuisine - but make a reservation! It is hard to get a table without one even during off hours - they're that good!
We stay at Salishan Resort every year and this year, we were pleasantly surprised to see such an improvement in the food in the casual dining room, the decor (lots of new places to sit out on the patio complete with pumpkins, leaves, and other autumnal decor), and the service. We had lunch in the Sun Room and the salmon sandwich was amazing. This is not something we would have eaten a year ago....the food has vastly improved and Angus, our server was attentive and provided excellent service. The guest rooms have the same decor as in the past, but the housekeeping service has certainly improved. Thank you for all the effort you are all putting into making this a great experience for your guests. It shows.
We stay here every year for a conference. This year was under new ownership. Substantially updated their food menus (THANK YOU). Also, their staff was very friendly and culturally sensitive. Two staff members in particular were so helpful. Joy, who was incredibly kind, professional and helpful to us, was literally a joy to encounter. Also, the manager Nicole who checked me in was quite courteous and gracious.
We've been here almost every year for the past seven years, and have come to think of this as "our place".
We'll be back!
My girlfriend and I spent the weekend here for our anniversary. We had a great time exploring the beautiful resort and looking for the blown glass balls the staff hide (though we didn't find one). The room was cozy with it's own couch, fire place, and balcony. Also, the Salishan burger was one of the best I have ever had. I can't wait to go back and have another, and hopefully find one of those glass balls!
Stayed here for a conference. The rooms are very nice and updated. Fireplace, TV, Keurig, microwave and refrigerator. Bedding is comfortable and upscale. The conference facilities are fine. Maybe a little on the cramped side but adequate. There is one restaurant currently open onsite. We didn't eat here but we looked at the menu. There is just not much else available. No gift shop or sundries available. The Salishan 'shops' are across the highway from the resort and virtually belly up. Nothing really in there to speak of besides an Italian deli and a work out space. Lots of boarded up and for rent signs abound. It's unfortunate because it really is a pretty location. Maybe the off season is like this everywhere. Just seems to need some new energy infused into the location. The other place we conference is Sunriver and although I like the lodging better at Salishan, there is no comparison to the offerings and available dining and shopping here versus there.