Sanctuary Vacation Rentals Inc. is the premier vacation home rental agency on the Monterey Peninsula and is now in its 15th year of providing the finest vacation homes on the Monterey Peninsula for the discerning traveler.
Founded in 2008 by Annee Martin, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals boasts a team of 20 professionals and represents almost 150 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel proper, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel Valley and the Highway 68 corridor near the airport and Laguna Seca.
Sanctuary’s roster of homes includes everything from cozy one-bedroom cottages in Carmel and Pacific Grove to larger four-bedroom homes that can accommodate up to 10 people and luxurious Pebble Beach homes with ocean views. Many of the homes are within walking distance to the area’s beaches, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions.
Sanctuary homes all invoke a sense of peace and harmony, allowing guests to relax, revitalize their lives, reconnect with one another, and above all, have fun. Sanctuary’s goal is to provide guests with a sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its vision is to inspire and nurture the hearts and souls of guests with the beauty and magic of the Monterey Peninsula while staying in one of its vacation homes.
“What drives me in this business is my love for people and wanting to give them the best experience they can have when they’re here,” says Martin. “We’re all travelers and we’ve all been strangers at one point. I just want people to feel welcome when they come here.”
Sanctuary Vacation Rentals started just after the housing market crash in 2008, which forced Martin and her husband David, an architect, to rent out their own home in Carmel. Martin was so successful in doing that, that her husband asked if she could do the same for a friend of his.
Before long, she had half a dozen homes, all through word of mouth. She quickly found out she found joy and a creative outlet for her talents in staging and maintaining homes for vacation rentals.
Her goal was to offer a warm and welcoming environment in each Sanctuary rental, with small welcoming touches such as fresh flowers and a bottle of Monterey County wine. All the homes are fully equipped and furnished with everything a visitor may need. In fact, guests need not bring anything with them but their suitcases.
Or as Martin likes to say, “We provide all the amenities and services of a 5-star resort with all the comforts of home.”
Since she founded Sanctuary, Martin has become a member of the national group, Vacation Rental Management Association, as well as becoming a board member of the local Monterey County Vacation Rental Alliance.
She’s also become a strong advocate for the vacation rental industry, which has recently come under fire from local communities hoping to curtail the growing practice. She is now one of the leading voices for the vacation home rental industry, something she believes she was “called to do.”
The bottom line is the satisfaction she derives from making people happy.