I recently returned from a three-night stay at Carmel Valley Ranch with my parents, my significant other, my brother and his significant other. When we arrived in the late evening, we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff as well as make-your-own s'more at the main lodge near the pool. The s’mores were delicious and fun! Notably, the resort had gone out of its way to make sure all three of our families' rooms were near each other.
The room itself was flawless - large, airy, and well-appointed, with comfortable beds and pillows, and amenities including a fireplace, balcony, refrigerator, and DVD player. The bathroom was also huge with dual sinks, separate toilet, stand-alone shower and soaking tub. Lavender-scented bath amenities round out the loveliness of the room. The only complaint about the bathroom would be the showerhead. It seems that everything except the showerhead was upgraded during the renovation.
Our family took full advantage of the resort. The men played two rounds of golf and loved the course. We also worked out everyday, including taking yoga classes. The resort has two separate workout rooms with new equipment and offers group fitness classes. I had a Therapeutic Massage at the spa. In addition to a fantastic massage, special attention to detail like a heated neck warmer when I arrived and a cupcake following the massage made the spa even better. Wet amenities are limited to a steam room in the locker room. Outside the spa, however, there are two infinity Jacuzzis and a saline pool. Finally, the service was impeccable. One morning we had to wait a few minutes for breakfast, Melanie, one of the managers, brought around freshly baked coffee cake to accompany the coffee that was available all morning. The resort also furnishes warm apple cider and holiday cookies at night.
Overall, I would recommend the Carmel Valley Ranch to any traveler who loves high-end hotels with personal touches. You will not be disappointed.
- 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