Spent a recent weekend at Carmel Valley Ranch for a family reunion with two dozen family members, ranging from 5 to 85 years old. Everyone enjoyed the hotel's top rate service and warm hospitality. The staff did a great job making everyone feel welcome.
This property is currently going through a big upgrade. One of the very friendly staff gave us a quick tour and showed us the new main lodge, spa, and pool that will be opening later this spring. They are also upgrading the rooms. Though we stayed in one of the "old" rooms, it was still very spacious and comfortable, with a fireplace and an amazing view. We saw one of the renovated rooms while we were there and they look spectacular.
While we were there, I played a round of golf on their 18 hole course. While it doesn't have the seaside views that a place like Pebble Beach does, I enjoyed seeing the hills and countryside. I also appreciated the much more relaxed (and less crowded) atmosphere. The rental equipment was quite good.
The food at the resort was great. Unfortunately, the new restaurant wasn't open while we were there. But we had a few meals in the golf clubhouse, including a large dinner with our whole family. Service was very good. They also had an free continental breakfast (cereal, fruit, etc.) or you could order off the menu.
The one caution I'd give is that the property is very, very big. The rooms are spread across the hillside. So if you are in a big group, try to get rooms close to one another. The new main lodge is pretty centrally located, but the current clubhouse is at the bottom of the hill. They have a shuttle that will bring you the quarter mile or so back to your room.
All in all, a great weekend and I'd highly recommend.