With the many foggy beaches we have in Northern California us bay area beach lovers are hard pressed to find a weekend retreat for sun and sand-if there's any exception to the
San Francisco Fog on the water ...this is it.
I've heard a couple of theories of why this place clinging to a cliffside in Aptos seems to be less prone to fog and overcast skies that HMB, Santa Cruz. Monterey or Carmel-one being that they way it is situated on the coast it is inset and the mountains behind ther resort somehow keep the bog at bay-who knows?
What I can say for sure is that we had a Valentines Day at this resort that was like a San Diego summer day. When we arrived it was bright and sunny w/o a cloud in the sky and it stayed that way until our beach fire picnic at sunset-what a dream.
The golf carts that caddy you up and down the hill are convenient and they will take a couple of beach chairs down for you for $5 each (we brought our own since were up and down so often and had a TripAdvisor heads-up.)
Angelo the bellman was very personable and accomodating-very nice guy.
They will make a beach side fire in their cement fire pits for you for $70. I thought that price was a little high to make a fire -i read elsewhere on TripAdvisor that someone advised to bring a Duraflame log so we did and made a fire in the cement pit on the beach-perfect for the cost of the $3 log.
This place is pricey for the facilities and rooms-you're paying for the location for sure- but this is said to be the best beach in Nor cal and I agree. I do see what other TripAdvisors meant by the dated rooms. The downsides are the whitewashed birch furniture that looks like it was consigned from the set of the Golden Girls, the brass fixtures thoughout, the drab and dated painting of the exterior of the whole facility. A bellman told us this place was built in 1995-what?! I KNOW that some of this dated hotel room and pool furniture was NOT even still manufactured in 1995-they must have bought alot of furnishings used.
The upsides of the facility itself are a plasma TV and DVD/Cd player in every room, killer views in all 3 rooms we occupied (we extended our stay a bit:)
Oh-word to the wise about views...You can pay one set price for a 2 bedroom (299.00 in february w/ a promotional $50 room credit used toward dining) and the views from a 2 bedroom can vary GREATLY. The front desk automatically booked us in a 2 bedroom waaaay back and when I asked if there was one with a better view they moved us forward about 5 units where they view was FANTASTIC- that was suite 58...so ask if you have the best available room for the price you're paying.
Also-upon booking our reservation for a One Bedroom (not studio) the extra helpful Celia in reservations offered that her favorite rooms are actually THE STUDIOS (about $10 less expensive than one bedrooms per night) since those ones are on the top floor and have vaulted ceilings. She was right -I figured if anything can make a room feel "not Motel-ly" it would be vaulted celings- the room was great and still had a balcony, couch and sitting area and kitchenette...that was room 300-an end unit- great for limiting noise.
If this place put a few million into updating those dollars would be best used painting the outisde or re-doing siding, keeping up with the industry by offering better than standard beds and pillows, changing out a few of the most 80's pieces of furniture. Grounds are impeccible, staff was very nice, beach is super clean-shocking I know.
Before I had the impression that Seascape and Aptos were entirely made up of Anglo Retiree's, but over the weekend I saw many families, some with small children, and alot of diversity-nice...a really great family resort feel.
Food was excellent at Palapas (homemade tortillas) and really great at Sanderlings and at the coffeshop/cafe across the street (very inexpensive breakfast) -all 3 times.
Pool areas were simple but nice but not quite the 80 degrees they bragged about- since the fog definitely rolled in the 3rd morning of our stay it was definitely too cold to swim in them or put my 1 year old in, but the hot tub was nice & HOT for the grown ups.
I almost forgot to mention when we checked in early to the two bedroom (on the last day when our family joined us) the common area of the room wasn't cleaned yet-not too bad of a mess at all but it was a little annoying that I called Scott at the front desk and his response was "Ok-thanks for letting us know." When someone else called back to offfer a housekeeper to come I said we had already cleaned up (wiped down tables and counters, threw out trash) no biggie -but he said he could not adjust the price of the room at all. (hmm-again a little pricey for that kind of service) I guess people just expect more from a $300 room, you know?
Overall, this place could be an awesome gem that would frequently be chosen over the Ritz in HMB (Northern California's true coastal gem) if they would update the afrorementioned -but if you can afford the price and adjust your expectations a little for a $300 room-this place is overall totally satisfactory with an outstanding location.
Pack your beach chairs, Duraflame, smores supplies and ENJOY!
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