I visited the Carmel Valley Ranch this past weekend from San Francisco and it was the perfect getaway. We left early Saturday morning and returned mid-afternoon on Sunday. Both ways, the drive was shorter than expected.
Besides the beautiful location, picturesque landscape and perfectly situated rooms that all warrant a top rating, the most striking part of my stay was the service. From the bartender who took note of my favorite drink to our golf instructor’s friendly and approachable style, every encounter with the staff well exceeded my expectations. After we had checked out on the last day, we went for a short hike to a yoga platform the resort has set up that overlooks an adjacent valley. The hike itself was fantastic but as-if automatically, our waiter from lunch the day before had glasses of water ready for us upon our return. It is that type of personalized customer oriented service that pulls the Carmel Valley Ranch out from the pack.
On activities, the resort has a lot of space and makes great use of it - we were unable to take full advantage of all they had to offer. There simply is too much to do. I cannot wait to take another weekend trip to the resort and pick up a mountain bike, play more golf or hike to the beach, even before renovations are complete (which will even further drive me to return!).