Travel Blogs from Aptos
Bit of a lazy lay in today, we were all in need of a gentler start to the day. Paul went off and explored the pool at Seascape whilst the rest of us came to. We decided to drive up the coast to Santa Cruz to see what that had to offer us and we surprised yet again to see how busy it was and then we realised that the boardwalk at Santa Cruz was a …
We slept surprisingly well considering the heat and sat outside in Jackie's beautiful garden (just over 1 acre) for a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, frittata, sausages and bacon and home made pomegranate jelly and banana bread. Jerry had offered to show the lads his workshop and his 1946 Harley and his 1945 restoration project. Needless to say …
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... didn't budget any time during our trips to see some of the groves that were on our route. (These would be the Mariposa Redwoods in the Yosemite Park and the Big Trees of Calaveras state park). After talking with the hotel staff we found out that there was a place not more than 5-10 minutes from Aptos called the Nisene Marks State Park which was supposed to have a lot of redwood trees to see. I ended up placing my navigational faith in my GPS app ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Luxury resort, brilliant clifftop views, superb deli and shop in the village - pricey by American standards (but not if you are used to luxury living, I suppose) and there were 2 weddings at the venue while we were there.
Friendly staff - and well manicured grounds. Best weather is apparently in September - so be warned it will be hazy during August.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSeascape Resort Aptos
Historical Traveler Reviews Seascape Resort Aptos
My family stayed here for three nights in early August. We had done the same last summer. We booked a two bedroom, partial ocean view, in one of the south end buildings, specifically asking for an end unit. The end units have more windows, light, and less potential noise from next door. With two teenage girls it is ideal as each gets to invite a friend and there is plenty of room. Our most significant interaction with staff has been pretty much limited to the guys that bring you down to the beach in the carts, and they have been consistently polite and helpful. Phone calls to the front desk were always handled well, and housekeeping did a great job.
Rude and Gross in SC
Stayed here recently and was disgusted by experience. Booked a one bedroom suite. The bed was insanely uncomfortable and there was no view. The property was glum and nothing stood out about it. The room was not very clean either. The worst part was the service. They weren't just rude, they were agressive and hyper defensive. My room service was undercooked and tasteless. They pulled a bait and switch on the rate when I went to check out and I had to escalate it to the general manager. He was extremely rude and would not give (it was probably his idea to change rates) and when I mentioned the room service, he told me he didn't believe me! There was almost no one there and I think that should have been a clue.
My husband and I just returned from a getaway to the Monterey Coast area. We were torn betwen staying at Carmel's Tradewinds, Carmel Valley Ranch and Seascape. Because of reviews here, and because we wanted a kitchen, we opted for Seascape.
I go to Seascape often with my wife and three kids. The rooms are very spacious, clean, and well furnished (tv, boom box, kitchen, washer and dryer, patio etc). The beach is good, though its a 5-10 minute walk from the rooms. Many people bring their dogs to the beach, and they are mostly off leash, which can be annoying and, um, dirty. The restor provides free golf cart service to and from the beach. Sanderlings restaurant is very good but expensive; it also has a great aquarium. Each of the three room complexes has its own pool and hot tub. There is a nice little shopping center across the street.
Beautiful California Coast
What a beautiful spot on the California coast. The grounds and rooms were extremely clean and well cared for. Staff was very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the restaurant and cooking in our room. There was a little shopping area across the street where you can go to get groceries or out to eat. Beach was nice but the water is cold. Will definitely stay there again.
I stayed at the Seascape Resort for a business trip at the end of October 2004. I had a studio with an ocean view. Although I didn't get to spend time at the resort during the day, I was able watch the sunset from the beach and sunrise from my room each day. I also enjoyed listening to the ocean as I walked around the property and while I slept. The bed was very comfortable and the rooms are tastefully decorated. The Sanderlings restaurant was very good, as was Palapas across the street. And the Full of Beans coffee shop (also across the street) was perfect for a quick bite before heading off to work in the morning. I really had no complaints. However, if you are going to be making phone calls or using the high-speed internet, look into the prices first so that you are not shocked when you check-out.
Excellent Family Vacation
My husband and I love going to Seascape Resort both as a couple and with our children. It is the only vacation spot that after leaving, I truly feel like I've been on vacation. We use the shuttle for the beach and have enjoyed the pools and the play ground at the end of the resort. Take a walk across the street for some great pizza upon your arrival and in the morning for a great cup of coffee and a treat or two. We have stayed all over the resort but really enjoy unit number 10 a two bedroom villa on the north bluff. While my husband and I are relaxing on the balcony or barbequeing our older kids are down below (within eye shot) playing in the pool. Also, the waterfall at night gently lulls you to sleep.
We stayed here for 3 nights, 18,19,20 July and had a wonderful time. Unit 47 is the best. The views are great and the kids loved the beach and the pool. Hot tub is a little too hot. !
Would recomend this place to anyone and will be back when we visit California again.
Loved the view, the ambience, and the beach
We love it at Seascape. The views (from the partial or full ocean view suites) are wonderful, and you can walk on the beach for hours. The suites are cozy and cheerful. The studio is a perfect size for a couple for a week or weekend. It is in a safe and peaceful location. Yes, you have to walk across a quiet street to go to the spa or sportsclub but if you like to exercise, that is a plus. Whenever we go to a different resort, we wish we were at Seascape.
Nice Villas, no spa or sports facilities
Stayed at Seascape Resort in a 2 bedroom villa. Villas are a good size (enough space for four adults), very clean with fully equipped kitchens and a television in every room. Good service with a golf cart shuttle to the beach and pleasant staff. Only drawback is that the resort does not have full resort facilities. No spa or sports club on the premises.
Must walk across the street to a separate area for those services and even though the sports club and spa are listed in their Directory of Services, the resort charges you $1 per call to phone over there (because it is outside of the resort) and then $6 per person for use of sports facilities -- these nominal costs are a bit ridiculous considering the price of staying at the "resort".