This hotel is 10 minutes from the wharf in Monterey but seems a world away. The beach is beautiful.... See full review
Dec 5, 2013
Whale & seal show from our resort room
Late in September, as we had breakfast in our room, staring at the ocean at the Santuary Beach... See full review
Happily Married 32 YRS
Sep 28, 2013
Oceanfront resort provides a relaxing, secluded sanctuary
Situated on 19 acres of oceanfront property, Sanctuary Beach Resort earns praise for attentive service, fantastic views and, most of all, its secluded location with plenty of opportunities to do nothing at all. The Pacific Ocean provides the rhythmic sounds of waves against the shore. The adjacent Marina State Beach is a popular spot for surfing, kite flying and hang gliding. Marina Dunes Preserve offers gorgeous sand dunes and a protected bird and animal habitat. A restaurant and spa round out the list of amenities at Sanctuary Beach Resort.
Breathtaking sunset views
Direct beach access
Private golf carts assigned to each room
Nature and biking trails, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi
Guest rooms and suites at Sanctuary Beach Resort overlook the Pacific or the 170-acre Marina Dunes Preserve, a protected area with the highest dunes on the Central Coast. All rooms feature one of the best amenities at the resort -- the sounds of waves crashing against the shore.
Also included are flat-panel televisions, free Wi-Fi Internet access, iPod or MP3 docking stations, wet bars, stocked minibars, gas fireplaces, private decks or patios, and luxurious L'Occitane bath amenities. Use the binoculars provided in each room to scope out some of the 27 bird species regularly sighted at the dunes.
Relaxing by the in-room fireplace and listening to the sounds of the waves might be all it takes to unwind at this secluded getaway. But for a special treat, Sanctuary Beach Resort offers in-room massages provided by The Serenity Spa (fees apply). Additional spa treatments include the nirvana massage with add-on services like the hot foaming mud treatment.
Adjacent to the Sanctuary Beach Resort, the Hawaiian-themed Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse offers fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib and a sushi bar. Enjoy lunch or dinner inside or on the outdoor patio, furnished with fire pits and heating lamps for cooler Northern California days and nights.
Adjacent to Highway 1
Monterey Peninsula Airport (8.2 mi/13.2 km)
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (46.8 mi/75.4 km)
Marina Dunes Open Space Preserve (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
Marina State Beach (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
Monterey Bay Aquarium (7.8 mi/12.5 km)
Monterey Conference Center (8.4 mi/13.5 km)
National Steinbeck Center (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
Offers 1,000 square feet of on-site meeting space
Banquet space for 130 at Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse
Policies and fees
A pet fee of $40 USD (nontaxable) is applicable per night.
This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.
Sanctuary Beach Resort Rooms
Ocean Front Deluxe
Premier Ocean Front Deluxe. Located on the Ocean and Beach Front with King Bed, private patio or deck with best views of the Pacific Ocean and Marina Dunes, beach access steps away, fireplace, wetbar, 32" flat screen TV, Ipod or M3 Docking station, binoculars, in room safe, complimentary WIFI access and luxurious bath amenities.
Ocean Front Junior Suite
Premier Ocean Front Jr. Suite. The best way to experience our beautiful resort featuring King Bed, sitting area with sleeper sofa, private patio or deck with best views of the Pacific Ocean and Marina Dunes, beach access steps aways, fireplace, wetbar, two 32" TV's, Ipod or M3 Docking station, in room safe, binoculars, complimentary WIFI access and luxurious bath amenities.
Partial View Deluxe
Features 1 king bed, fireplace, wet bar, mini bar, luxurious linens, safe, dunes view patio or deck, Comp Wi-Fi, iPod or MP3 docking station, hair dryer & coffee maker
Partial View Junior Suite
Featuring a King Bed with dunes and partial ocean views. Suites have sitting area with sleeper sofa, fireplace, wet bar, mini bar and safe.
Ocean View Deluxe
Features one king bed, fireplace, wet bar, mini bar, luxurious linens, safe, ocean view patio or deck, Comp Wi-Fi, iPod or MP3 docking station, hair dryer and coffee maker
Ocean View Junior Suite
Features 1 king bed, sitting area with sleeper sofa, fireplace, wet bar, mini bar, luxurious linens, safe, ocean view patio or deck, Comp Wi-Fi, iPod or MP3 docking station, hair dryer & coffee maker
No smoking rooms/facilities
No smoking rooms/facilities
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The beautifully remodeled Kula Ranch, brainchild of popular local restaurateurs Joe Loeffler (former General Manager of Baja Cantina) and Billy Quon (former owner of Bahama Billys, and current Owner of Volcano Grill in Carmel Valley) features a soothing Island feel, mixed with a little up-Country Western Maui! Executive Chef Darroll Rose (formerly of Fresh Cream Restaurant) has developed an enticing menu of Pacific Rim inspired fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib, exciting Sushi Bar creations, exotic salads and fabulous appetizers and desserts.
Terms and conditions
Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.
The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived at the hotel, but after consulting with the front desk staff, I think we chose the correct room. My friend and I were shown by golf cart to a cozy, secluded room overlooking the ocean. We could sit
outside, enjoy cigars and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. A great experience.
If there were any negative experiences, I'd only mention that the gas fireplace is hooked up to an infrared sensor so it turns on and off constantly when you're relaxing and not moving around to keep it going. Also, the maintenance guy was outside of our room at 8:30 AM scraping something on the wall. I had to signal him to 'go away'.
Otherwise, great stay!
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
The Kula Ranch restaurant is located on the property and is a fairly decent value. We received a coupon for 2 for 1 mai-tai's and our waitress was sweet and attentive to us. My ribeye was delicious and cooked perfectly and the atmosphere was relaxed and not pretentious.