When you first arrive at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, it’s what you don’t see that makes the property so inviting. Mother Nature is the star of the show on this stretch of the Central Oregon Coast, and instead of trying compete, the resort takes full advantage of its surroundings. Located on the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway, boasting views of Siletz Bay, the resort beautifully blends in with the 250 acres of forested land it calls home.
Opened in 1965, Salishan was built by John D. Gray, a man known for developing a number of classic properties throughout Oregon, including Sunriver Resort. The resort offers 205 guest rooms, but because of its layout and design, it feels smaller. Just like the exterior, room interiors pay tribute to what’s waiting outside. There are four accommodation categories for guests to choose from: Traditional Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Premier Rooms, and Suites.
Premier Rooms are the largest of the standard guestroom accommodations, spacious to the point that a traveling family of four could spread out comfortably. Along with providing panoramic bay and forest views, large windows let in a welcome amount of natural light, making the neutral color palate with pops of earthy green and soft yellow, seem brighter than it is. Private patios offer a nice spot to relax, and along with locking doors, there are screen doors, making it easy to let fresh air into the room.
In addition to king beds, Premier Rooms have a large seating area, complete with a queen sleeper sofa, and a fireplace that can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch. Bathrooms are also generous in size with dual sinks, and a shower/bath tub combination. But it’s the practical perks that many travelers may appreciate the most. Both bedside tables are topped with two electrical outlets and two USB ports. Along with a Keurig® coffee and tea maker, there’s a small refrigerator, and microwave. The small table with two padded chairs is especially handy for those travelers who don’t want to eat out for every meal.
That said, eating out should be part of every guest’s Salishan experience. Home to four restaurants, guests don’t need to leave the property to eat well. Menus focus on locally sourced, fresh ingredients from farmers and fisherman, to vintners and local artisanal salt makers. The Grill and The Sun Room offer casual, family-friendly settings. Open for dinner only, the Attic Lounge offers more of an adult setting with cocktails, happy hours, and live music on the weekends. Samphire, the property’s signature restaurant, offers an upscale experience with entrée choices the likes of Netarts Bay Oysters, Shellfish Chowder, and Finnegan Creek Striploin with lobster mushrooms and fresh shallots.
The resort offers a long list of incentives for guests to get out of their room. The onsite fitness center contains the expected workout machines and training equipment. There’s also an indoor lap pool, and hot tub. The indoor tennis center has three courts, and the list goes on to include a horseshoe pit, half-court basketball court, bocci ball, croquet, and walking trails that include a nice stroll to the beach.
The 18-hole, Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary premier golf course, is open year round. Designed by Peter Jacobson, select holes come with ocean and bay views.
The Spa at Salishan Resort offers a variety of massages, body treatments, and facials. Be sure to set aside time before or after your treatment to enjoy the calm, comfortable space. Just like the rest of the resort, it blends in with the surrounding environment. The covered, outdoor, large infinity hot tub overlooking the bay is a popular spot to soak and watch ducks swim by.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and parking is complimentary. Rates for Premier Rooms range from $199 to $299. Make your reservation online either directly through the hotel website, or a booking site such as Expedia.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.