My family and I spent three days here as the culmination of our great Californian road trip up the coast from Orange County. Although we used the Ranch as our home base to explore Monterey and Pebble Beach, in retrospect, I wish we had just stayed put and done more things on the hotel property. The resort itself is huge, with rolling golf courses, lavender fields, and vineyards. My daughter (OK...me too!) was thrilled to see families of deer and wild turkeys along the road every day. S'mores around the campfire in the evening were also a welcome treat. We stayed in a beautiful valley view suite that had a lovely bacony that seemed to overlook the whole property. We were eligible for an upgrade to a "view" suite but none were available. However, I can't imagine that the view from an upgraded room could have been any better than the one we had. The staff was very courteous and helpful and constantly shuttled us around the property in either a van or golf cart. The highlight of our stay, however, was doing the Bee Keeping Experience. This was super-informative, so I got to feel like a good parent by having my daughter learn about biology while we were on vacation. Also, it was pure fun! There's nothing better than tasting lavender honey right from the comb. This unique experience will definitely be one for the memory books. As mentioned before, there was a lot of other stuff that we just didn't have time to do...guess we'll have to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel resort is abundant with the natural beauty of Northern California, offering intuitive service and memorable experiences in a striking venue. Savor incomparable comfort, breathtaking vistas, and a delightful array of activities at Carmel Valley Ranch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Valley Hotel
- Carmel Valley Resort