We stayed here for 2 nights during our mini-moon after our wedding and couldn't imagine a better place to unwind and relax.
The place feels sorta like a super fancy summer camp. The main lodge houses the restaurant, a beautiful adult only pool, outdoor fire pits, the spa, gift shop, library, and a mini gym. There's also a separate area down the road called the River Ranch where there's a family pool, bocce courts, and a slew of other activities. Lots of nice walkways and small hikes. We really wanted to do the bee experiences while we were there but then found out they don't offer it daily. That was the only boo part about our stay.
Our suite was amazing and HUGE. Modern yet very cozy. The fireplace in the bedroom was a nice touch. Comfy robes. All the amenities you can think of including free water and snacks! Apples, trail mix, chips! It doesn't cost very much, but its a really nice touch. Our first evening there, we were also delivered a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on the house! Loved it.
The Lodge Restaurant was amazing! We had 2 breakfasts and a dinner there all which were phenomenal. During dinner, my New York was just a tad overcooked and of course they offered to change it but I didn't want them to. For that they brought me some dessert wine on the house. Another nice touch. Instead of dessert, we enjoyed their complimentary smores at the outdoor firepits with our night caps. Met a few great couples as well.
The most impressive thing about Carmel Valley Ranch- the people. Every single staff we met was so nice and pleasant. There was always a hello or a smile. Everyone checked in on us but it wasn't overbearing. The perfect amount of interaction you're looking for on vacation.
I can't wait to come back. This time I'll make sure the Bee experience will be available!
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