Monterey Resorts: 6 Places for Luxury Relaxation

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The resorts of Monterey have been ranked among the best in the world, and with good reason: there’s a seductive quality that comes from the combination of oceanfront views, succulent seafood, and upscale relaxation at the spas. Though Monterey used to be famous its fishing industry, today’s resorts offer upscale living; following are some favorites.

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Hotel Pacific

Hotel Pacific offers California-style luxury, just minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf, and a little more than a mile away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. This resort swaps out the nautical décor commonly seen in Monterey for plush, well-lit rooms that feature gas fireplaces, oversized tubs, and hardwood floors; a Spanish-style patio is a secluded place to bask in the sun.

Insider Tip

Hotel Pacific offers a wine and cheese service beginning in the late afternoon: a cozy way to kick off a romantic evening.

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Located along Cannery Row, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is convenient to all of the city’s favorite attractions, but still exudes sophistication and romance with some of the best views of Monterey Bay available. The building is located directly over the water, so guests can hear the waves crash and spot marine life like otters from their private balconies. Views are even better from the roof, which includes a spa, sun deck, and hot tubs.

Insider Tip

When selecting your room, you can choose your view of the water: either partial ocean or harbor.

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InterContinental Monterey The Clement

Sunsets over Monterey Bay radiate every evening through the massive windows adorning each spacious room at the InterContinental The Clement Monterey. There’s a busy, cosmopolitan energy running through this Cannery Row favorite, making this spot a fantastic choice if you’re searching for something private, but still with plenty to do. Sometimes the ocean is so clear, guests can spot starfish from their rooms.

Insider Tip

Walk, jog, or bike along the coastline; the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is mere steps away.

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is located inside a Hacienda-style building that dates back to 1821, but the accommodations and services are timeless. The gardens surrounding the resort, which is close to Fisherman’s Wharf, are lush and breathtaking, and the resort’s Esteban Restaurant serves up delicious Spanish cuisine, including a special three-course paella dinner on Tuesday.

Insider Tip

Treat your dog right—Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa has several pet-friendly rooms.

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Portola Hotel & Spa

Situated in the middle of the city of Monterey, Portola Hotel & Spa is close to boutique shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf, and an open-air farmer’s market on certain days. The gorgeous outdoor pool is ringed by cabanas and is open at night, and the large, luxurious rooms feature modern décor (with many providing great views of the water).

Insider Tip

Portola Hotel & Spa is home to Peter B’s Brewpub, the first craft brewery to open in Monterey.

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The Inn At Spanish Bay

The Inn at Spanish Bay is in Pebble Beach, a few miles outside of Monterey. While Cannery Row is only a short drive away, this hotel neighbors the famous Pebble Beach golf course, exuding Old World elegance, with fireplaces inside the rooms and a bagpiper who plays outside every evening as the sun sets. The rooms are huge, but still manage to retain a cozy and romantic quality.

Insider Tip

You won't have to leave the hotel to enjoy great wine. Stave Wine Cellar serves 30 wines by the glass daily until 7 p.m.

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