We were on the Monterey Peninsula recently to visit family and celebrate a big birthday for my husband. Having grown up in the area, I can never decide where we should stay without heading to the usual suspects. This time my husband chose, and he chose a place I had never been to and had barely heard of. We stayed at the Sanctuary Beach Resort near the coastal city of Marina along the Monterey Bay.
This resort is an inclusive property, with spa services, a pool and a restaurant on the grounds. My guess is that due to its location on the outer edge of the bay, they are in between Monterey and Moss Landing’s Elkhorn Slough, the sanctuary feeling increases if you don’t need to drive anywhere. We loved the seclusion but enjoyed the easy access to Highway 1 and short drive to my family. Our location was win-win and I admit that I loved the golf cart that came with our room.
Depending on the room, they give you keys to an electric cart to drive around the property. It helps getting to the restaurant, though after a few margaritas I had to give the keys to my husband so we’d get back to our room in one piece. They offer a continental breakfast for $10 delivered to your room as well as dinner delivered from 5:00pm until 9:00pm nightly. Good information if you decide not to drive.
We stayed in Room 6121 facing the dunes and water. It was a king room with a fireplace and called a Dune View Deluxe but we could still see the ocean. We had our own patio set to relax in – perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of champagne. With the large sliding glass door, it was easy to move inside and turn two chairs to face the view even when the cool wind picked up in the evenings.
The room also came with a set of plush bathrobes and toiletries. A nice bathroom with two sinks and a big shower/tub combo. My only complaint would have been in our room, the dresser was inside this closet within the bathroom, not in the main part of our room or the closet there. It made for awkward moments. I hope this was only because of the triangular shape of our room, and not standard.
Check with the resorts website www.thesanctuarybeachresort.com for room restrictions as they often require minimum stays on the weekends. Rooms range from Dune Views Deluxe to Ocean View Junior Suite for about $200-$400 but check for their advance purchase saver and save 20%.
The Sanctuary Beach Resort – 3295 Dunes Drive, Marina, CA 93933 • Toll-Free: 1.877.944.3863
Photos by Sharon Castellanos