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Sanctuary Beach Resort

Monterey, CA, US (MRY)

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Based on 850 reviews
This haven of serenity offers its guests stunning views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the undulating sand dunes and spectacular coastline from every
Style: Upscale hotel near Marina
Room & Rates
Oceanview Deluxe

Ocean Front Deluxe King

This ocean front deluxe king offers an ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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Ocean Front King Suite with Sofa Sleeper

Ocean Front King Junior Suite with Sofa Sleeper

This ocean front king suite with sofa sleeper offers an ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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King Deluxe with Ocean View

King Deluxe with Ocean View

This King Room Deluxe offers an ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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OceanView King Suite

King Junior Suite with Sofa Sleeper and Ocean View

This King Room Suite with sofa sleeper offers an ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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King Deluxe with Partial Ocean View

King Deluxe with Partial Ocean View

This King Room Deluxe offers a partial ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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King Suite with Sofa Sleeper and Partial Ocean View

King Junior Suite with Sofa Sleeper and Partial Ocean View

This King Junior Suite with sofa sleeper offers a partial ocean view and includes:
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bath Robes
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar
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Sanctuary Beach Resort
3295 Dunes Road, Marina, CA US 93933


Built along Monterrey Bay, this beachfront resort is set across 19 acres of protected sand dunes; and is approximately 11 miles from Monterey Peninsula Airport. This haven of serenity offers its guests stunning views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the undulating sand dunes and spectacular coastline from every viewpoint.

Why Stay Here

  • Outdoor Heated Pool and Spa
  • Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access
  • The Serenity Spa
  • Beach Access is just Steps Away
  • Private Patios and Decks

Resort Details

The Sanctuary Beach Resort offers easy access to numerous dining and recreational activities in Monterey with numerous options to observe the breathtaking natural environment surrounding this magical destination. Built along Monterrey Bay, this beachfront resort is set across 19 acres of protected sand dunes; and is approximately 11 miles from Monterey Peninsula Airport. This haven of serenity offers its guests stunning views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the undulating sand dunes and spectacular coastline from every viewpoint.
From the moment you arrive you will be enveloped in crisp sea air, singing seagulls and the sound of the ocean surf. This is the perfect beach resort to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view and gorgeous sunsets.

Accommodation Details

  • Children Ages 17 and Under Free
  • Flat Screen Televisions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Binoculars
  • Private Deck or Patio
  • Ipod or Mp3 Player Docking Station
  • Mini Bar and Wet Bar


Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse is the newest addition to Sanctuary Beach Resort features a soothing island feel mixed with a little up-Country Maui. Kula Ranch features two separate dining rooms that are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and offers an enticing menu of Pacific Rim inspired fresh seafood, steaks, exotic salads and exciting Sushi Bar creations.

For the Family

Kids 17 and under stay free

Pools & Spas

Outdoor Heated Pool and Spa

Entertainment & Activities

  •  Spa
  •  Outdoor pool
  •  Steps to beach

  • Audio/Visual Equipment (+)
  • Banquet Facility
  • Beachfront
  • Biking / Hiking Trail
  • Business Services (+)
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Event Catering (+)
  • Express Check-Out
  • Fireplace in Lobby
  • Fishing
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Golf (nearby) (+)
  • Jogging Area
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Non-Motorized Water Sports
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Porter / Bellhop
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service (+)
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Water Sports
  • Whale Watching
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 850 reviews
from Atwater, California
Submitted on 10-05-2016
No other place in Monterey area that I would rather stay. It is beautiful calm and the staff is the best. I have stayed in many places in my life......this is the best for the money. Right on the beach. That's why you come to this place. Derek the manager and the Regional Manager will go out of their way to make your stay the best. I'm on a fixed income and I save to come here.
from Irvine, California
Submitted on 11-05-2016
I stayed here for two nights for a family trip and was not impressed by this property. The pictures online made it look nicer than it was. For the price I believe that the amenities and service fall short. We had to request something multiple times before they delivered it and there was a long wait on arrival. The Kula Ranch restaurant food was not good (two of us were sick afterwards) however the wait staff were very friendly. The firepits on the beach and the beautiful beach location are the o... Read more
from Torrance, California
Submitted on 13-05-2016
When you're paying over $500 a night for a room you expect that level of quality. Some may say you're paying for the location, granted. However, if that's a case there is a Days Inn (?Best Western?) RIGHT across the street and I'm sure their rate is 1/4 of this place. I worked as an operations manager for a major hotel chain for many years and I can tell you that if you're charging rates like this, your room needs to be PERFECT. Many little things that added up to the hotel not being in the be... Read more
from Tucson, AZ
Submitted on 21-05-2016
My friends and I stayed here earlier this year. What a colossal disappointment-over priced and very poor customer service. Our room was dirty and the room service is so bad, I can't even. Golf carts would be nice if the setting was nicer-once you look away from the ocean, you're just in a parking lot gazing at the motels directly across the street. In reading the other reviews it appears the management is well aware of what sound like chronic and systemic issues and yet all they want is to hav... Read more
from Niagara Falls, New York
Submitted on 25-05-2016
Two weeks ago my husband and I were first time visitors to California, traveling from the other side of the country. We were taking a 25th anniversary trip to a few different destinations along the coast. Sanctuary Beach resort was one of four properties that we stayed at. The cost was very reasonable, so I wasn't expecting much. We were coming from the bustling San Francisco area and were very happy when we arrived in Marina to get some quieter relaxation. Our first impressions left us pleas... Read more
from Brisbane, Australia
Submitted on 27-05-2016
I was impressed from the moment I walked in to the lobby, a nice fire place and welcoming staff. Check-in was easy and Derek made us feel very welcome. As the resort is quite large, each guest has their own golf cart to get around. The room...well it was simply amazing, another nice fire place, sea views, excellent attention to detail. Although it may be a bit expensive for some people, I would recommend staying, it's one of the best places I have stayed in in California.
from Denver, Colorado
Submitted on 27-05-2016
Recently stayed here with my family for a quick two night trip, I think saying it was ok sums up the sentiment mostly in relation to the price. As a former timeshare owner, I saw similarities between this place (Wyndham property) and many timeshares across the country which have lost their luster and aging quickly. Rooms nice but outdated, amenities for the price lacked comfort like towels or grade of accessories. Beach is spectacular and you are less than a mile off the one which is very positi... Read more
from Grass Valley, California
Submitted on 28-05-2016
Quiet resort 15 minutes away from the city of Monterey. Select a room with an ocean view! Binoculars are provided to help guests watch the whales and dolphin activity. We added the Couples Massage package to our stay which made for a very relaxing vacation experience! Restaurant with bar is on-site, and the town of Marina is just a short drive. We will definitely return!
from San Luis Obispo, California
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Polished , professional staff. Check in is at 4 pm and I was called at 2 pm for early check in. Beautiful, out of the way setting, next to Marina State Beach. Each room has their own golf cart to travel back and forth to the parking lot and around the property. My adult son and I had a lovely Deluxe Suite. He slept on the custom made pull out couch, and we each had our own TV. The large bathroom had 2 sinks and two showers. The front desk was very attentive and delivered extra K cups of coff... Read more
from Milan, Italy
Submitted on 01-06-2016
It was a very relaxing stay at the resort, the view from the room was fabulous, very calm, with the fireplace just perfect. Bathroom was a great size, the terrace is lovely to sit and have a cup of coffee in the morning while watching the sunrise. Unfortunately we had a gloomy and cold day, it must be wonderful with a sunny weather, but still it had its charm. The golf carts are an added bonus. Only down point is that breakfast should be in the price, even if Lou Lou's in Monterey is near and hi... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 15-06-2016
We had a fab stay at Sanctuary Beach Resort - mostly aided by the free upgrade. We had a fabulous suite right with an ocean view. It was such a cosy room, the weather wasn't great whilst we were there so we curled up in blankets and sat on the porch over looking the ocean before coming inside and enjoying the fire. We ordered breakfast room service which was prompt and very enjoyable.
from Tuolumne City, California, United States
Submitted on 15-06-2016
First time we stayed at this resort, we come to Monterey at least 3 times a year and will with out question come here everytime we come to Monterey, this was our 29th anniversary and everyone made us feel special, the room was awesome, the food was great, the staff was amazing, cant say enough about this place, we loved the fire pit at night
Submitted on 16-06-2016
What a relaxing vacay. The view from our balcony was awesome. Omg we were excited and shocked to see dolphins, sea otters and whales from our balacony. The staff were welcoming and provided great service to us. We already book our next trip there for this year. Our kids are excited to play in the pool and make smores at the bomb fire on the beach again.
from Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 19-06-2016
Considering this was our most expensive stop on a 3 week road trip, it is definitely not worth the money. The hotel room felt very dated & tired, and in need of a serious refurbishment. The hotel advertised rooms having air conditioning but this didn't seem to be the case in ours. The noise heard from the adjoining suites & rooms can get irritating along with the general noises on site. The hotel beach is a bonus but in the end we used the room as a base to go elsewhere. A right let down. Save y... Read more
Submitted on 20-06-2016
We had an AMAZING stay!!!!! We enjoyed the room, the weather, the sushi @ the restaurant, the surf, the whales, coffee on the balcony... everything was PERFECT!! Kudos to epitomize the caring difference. We are soooo grateful for your facilitating getting us into our room after a long wait & extending our stay. Thank-you all for a wonderful get away!!! PS..we got to see one of the remodeled was beautiful!!!!
from Wyoming
Submitted on 23-06-2016
Sanctuary Beach Resort's reservations are handled by a call center in Key West, Florida. When we made our reservations, we were guaranteed adjoining rooms. When we arrived, we were told we had been assigned rooms in two separate buildings. With on site management's consent, we agreed to take one room but not the other. On site management agreed to refund the deposit already charged to our credit card for the room we did not occupy. In the room where we stayed, the windows were covered with slime... Read more
from Glasgow, Kentucky
Submitted on 24-06-2016
An absolutely stunning property looking out over the crashing waves of the Pacific. At night I would open my door to my to fall asleep to the sound of the sea. Derrick and Biance went above and beyond during my stay giving me great tips for local "secret" eateries. Close to downtown Moneterrey. Great location. Would recommend to anyone looking for a retreat, and a place to unwind.
from Fresno
Submitted on 28-06-2016
This was our second visit. Exactly one year from our last. It's a family and friends summer vacation. Last year, we stumbled upon this gem because of the "dog friendly" status. And it definitely is. Big bonus points for the great beach views and walking distance to the beach. I have only one complaint. The front office staff. Last year we tried checking in early. They said our room was not ready, but took our phone number and said they would call when it was. But guaranteed check-in is... Read more
from Illinois
Submitted on 30-06-2016
We booked the best ocean view suite. The rooms are clean but showing some wear. We had looked forward to using a golf cart but they dropped that a week before our visit. No notice was sent to us. The hot tub was not working until the last day. They need to have some staff police the pool area as people were changing diapers on the pool patio and putting diapered babies in the hot tub. Children should be in the child's pool which they have. Some children had shovels, real metal shovels and... Read more
from Sacramento, California
Submitted on 01-07-2016
Stayed with family for a quick getaway from the heat of Sacramento. The resort is located right on the beach in Marina. Once you check in, a golf cart transports you to your room. No cars allowed where the rooms are located. We had an upstairs room which had a white water view of the ocean. The rooms were clean, modern, enough room, well appointed, and the bathroom was fantastic. There was a fireplace which was controlled by the thermostat(outstanding). It would come on and go off through... Read more
from Walnut Creek, California
Submitted on 05-07-2016
What a hidden gem! This was our first visit and brought 3 kids (2 teenage boys and a pre teen). The suite was clean and comfortable. There were 2 showers in the bathroom and a double sink - great for our family of 5! They also had excellent quality soap/shampoo in refillable dispensers. I love this idea - why deal with all those little annoying bottles? Every hotel should be doing this! The staff was friendly, responsive and willing to go the extra mile! Pool and hot tub was very clean, ... Read more
Submitted on 09-07-2016
We really enjoyed this hotel. I lived that we were right there on the water. It is a very relaxing place. The patio/balcony was awesome. Nice rooms with a fireplace. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub and ate at the restaurant there. We had a wonderful dinner but lunch was horrible. I think they are not really set up to be a lunch place and should just stick to dinner I went twice in June and will be back. The kids were catching sand crabs and finding shells. We had great weather both trip... Read more
from Halifax, United Kingdom
Submitted on 10-07-2016
I started out writing a three-star review of this resort within an hour of arriving, promising my lovely wife, guide and mentor (all the same person) that I wouldn‚??t publish until after we left. Right now, four hours into our stay, I want to make it one star. But no-one ever takes one star reviews of this sort of place seriously. They always mean a mess-up with on-line booking or a stray seagull pooping in the room or something. So I‚??ve opted for two stars, to let you know just how truly di... Read more
from Oakland, California
Submitted on 11-07-2016
I'm sure people can understand when I say...I needed to just get away from all the news channels and sadness in the world. Sanctuary Beach was my safe haven this past week and I am so grateful. Thank You. I have been to Sanctuary Beach Resort before and they treated us great, had great recommendations for food and the staff was very accommodating and pleasant. The walks on the beach restored my soul and the sunsets made me remember how lucky we are to live in a world like this..I know it seems l... Read more
from San Jose, California
Submitted on 13-07-2016
If your trying to get rest and relaxation, then this is the place to be‚?ļ. My husband took me here for my birthday weekend and the weather was perfect. The staff is very friendly. The restaurant Kula is Hawaiian inspired and very good.The suites face the water , just takes your breath away. You gotta love Cali weather. We will be going back.
Submitted on 14-07-2016
This hotel sounds great on paper. But in reality, it is not worth the price. Our "beach front" room was hardly that. Beach view yes, but not beach front when I can barely see or hear the beach from our room. About a mile of sand and non-walkable dunes between our room and the actual beach. Bed was very hard to sleep in. My back is hurting after three days. The pillows are what I call "pillow nuggets". They are so small my head feels like it's going to roll off one side or another. Housekeeping... Read more
from Charlotte, North Carolina
Submitted on 17-07-2016
I didn't give it 5 stars because the website was deceiving. It stated that we would get a golf cart which in fact wasn't true. That is one of the reasons I picked this location because my husband is handicapped and that would have been helpful to know!l. Unfortunately we also didn't get to check in until after 5 (our room wasn't ready); it would have been great to be able to enjoy this beautiful place for the full day. It was quite chilly on the beach in June so be sure to bring warm clothes. Th... Read more
from Los Altos, California
Submitted on 21-07-2016
Let me start by saying that we were blessed with awesome weather that made our experience so much better. The sunsets were beautiful, it was nice enough to sit on the decks and many guests were lounging by the pool. What we liked most about the resort, aside from the lovely setting was the cozy and safe feeling we had there. As other reviewers stated when I was looking up places to stay, the kids could roam with no worry (except of course respecting the beach). In addition to the pool and beach... Read more
from Corona del Mar, California
Submitted on 23-07-2016
Well, we pull in, have to park on the bottom, check in, 2 rooms, "the rooms are next door", they say, "suite and luxury", sounds great, get into a golfcart to go up the hill to our rooms, with our luggage, they drive, BUT...the suite was 1 bed and a pull out sofa, upstairs (they didn't tell us that), and the room next door wasn't right next to it, it was in the other building (they didn't tell us that, either), so we're ready to leave because there are a lot of hotels in Marina, and we meet Dere... Read more
from Lancaster, California
Submitted on 24-07-2016
Booked an Oceanfront room at this beautiful resort just 5 minutes north of Monterey. Away from the noise and commercialism of the city, the only thing between our room and the ocean was sand! The view from our balcony was superb. Enjoyed champagne while watching whales breaching in the afternoon! Fireplace, very comfy bed, large bathroom, wet bar. Highly recommended!
from San Francisco, CA
Submitted on 24-07-2016
I don't usually write review, but our experience here was so horrible that I am compelled to share and warn others. We had high expectation of this place especially from the hotel site and pictures. However, we were thoroughly disappointed upon arrival. The best comparison I can come up with for this place is a Marriott Couryard or a Best Western... certainly not a luxury hotel that they claim to be. The rooms are OLD. Walls are paper thin. Shower pressures are poor. Amenities are motel ... Read more
from Birmingham, Alabama
Submitted on 27-07-2016
was traveling up the coast and stayed a night here before flying out of SFO. I had arranged a cottage on the beach prior and was blown away. upon checkin there was wine, cheese, refreshments. Staff was very cordial, gracious, and answered any questions I had with sincerity. the room was outstanding. large bed, small kitchenette, fireplace, and huge screen door that opened to the beach. I could sit on my porch and watch and listen to the surf crashing. was completely private. perfect getaway. onl... Read more
from United Kingdom
Submitted on 28-07-2016
I stayed here with my husband and 11 year old son for two nights. We had a beach side view suite. It was beautiful, spacious and calming. The beach was a minute walk and stunning. We had drizzly weather which was a shame but we made use of the amazing pool and jacuzzi. The room had a lot but it really could have been made perfect just with some utensils for easy lunch and breakfast in your room. Big big drawback was our suite being ground floor we had the residents upstairs creating noise c... Read more
from Walnut Creek, California
Submitted on 01-08-2016
What an awesome stay! I spent the weekend here with my family. and we could not have been happier! the staff was great the sounds of the sea seem to wash everything away. The rooms were clean with attention to detail and sustainability. I actually felt like we were giving back just by staying there. I can't thank the folks enough for always being there when when we needed them and only being there when we needed them! We will definitely return soon.
from Texarkana, Arkansas
Submitted on 01-08-2016
The pristine dunes combined with beach front were a welcome sight this summer. Mornings & evenings were cool requiring a jacket. The beach has a considerable amount of washed up seaweed, etc. but no foul smell. The property is well maintained and the staff is friendly. Beds are comfy. Bathrooms are dated, but adequate.There is a fire pit on the beach in the evenings. Parking is not permitted at the rental units closer to the beach, so be prepared to walk from your car. They do have golf... Read more
Submitted on 03-08-2016
We were hoping for a quiet romantic couple days away from our children. We stayed here a couple years ago and it was amazing. However, this time was not quiet in the least! There were many children. Our neighbors were a large family with large dogs. It was like being at home with kids screaming, dogs barking, and doors slamming. We could hear it all! This a pet friendly hotel with many large dogs barking around the resort. I was woken every morning by barking dogs way earlier than I had hoped. A... Read more
Submitted on 07-08-2016
The accommodation is 3.5 star. The "suites" are little bigger than a normal room. Ours was up stairs so having small kids didn't work well. There are very cheap plastic window covers that don't darken the room well so kids didn't sleep well. I would be fine with this if we paid $250 a night but it was $600 a night! We left a day early and went home. This said - the private beach is great (tourists note: this area is in deep fog much of the year - don't expect sun). Very overpriced overall.
from Sittard, The Netherlands
Submitted on 10-08-2016
Very nice beach resort with rooms with sea view or even directly on the beach. Rooms are looking nice and well equiped allthough maintenance could be better. Sanitary here and there worn out. Very rough sea environment with good chances to observe dolfines and wales. Close to high way 1 , Montery and San Francisco
from Cincinnati, Ohio
Submitted on 13-08-2016
Fabulous resort from the minute my husband and I got there! There was a lovely fruit and cheese display along with some complimentary wine! We were whisked away to our room by golf cart. There was plenty to do with monterey and carmel a 15 minute drive away. If you dont feel like venturing out you can take in the gorgeous ocean views or late night bonfire curteousy of the resort! The hotel room itself was spacious, clean and had a minibar! I would highly recommend this resort if youre passing th... Read more
from Riverside, California
Submitted on 14-08-2016
This was such a Beautiful resort . Perfect location. Rooms were beautiful and clean. The beach was a few steps away from the resort . A beautiful walk to a private beach. Very Relaxing!!! Great for all!!