It is so amazing to live in Northern California and be so close to a world class destination such as Carmel. We've stayed at many places over the years in Carmel for those weekend getaways but none surpasses our most recent stay at the newly renovated Carmel Valley Ranch. We are a family of four (2 elementary aged children) and found Carmel Valley Ranch to exceed our expectations on every level. We had stayed there in previous years and always liked the fact that their rooms were extremely spacious and all suites. But that was it -besides having a golf course. But now.. hold your seats.. The rooms have all been redone. They are luxurious. The adults can get the king, tv, balcony and fireplace and the kids have a separate room with pull out sofa, fridge, desk and roll away if you request for $25.00 fee. There is a new pool and huge hot tub, new restaurant, bocce ball, swings, and their main restaurant food is delicious. For breakfast they serve complimentary Illy coffee and pumpkin and cinnamon breads. The only downside to the restaurant is that for breakfast and dinner we found it a bit pricey. The hotel is pet friendly too if you want to bring your family pet.. Roxy the hotel bulldog is there in the lobby to greet. The gym has all new equipment and a lovely spa. Then for that special occasion.. they sent chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to our room (it was my husbands birthday). The grounds are lovely and we walked to the lobby when ever we could. The only problem was it was quite dark at night and hilly so if you are wearing heels.. hmm well that was tricky. I've stayed at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Hyatt and La Playa. All are lovely hotels.. so my taste is a bit discriminating... But I love a good deal and I love alot of room so the kids and adults can enjoy but also get a good nights sleep. Great deals in January.. not sure what rates may be in summer. Staff is so nice and we would definitely stay again.