I gave it five stars, because the property is five stars, but there are buts to the review.
The property is absolutely beautiful. The rooms are extremely spacious, the infinity pool lovely, the large jacuzzi with the view is special, enjoyed the spa...this place could be perfect for a healthful weekend or even a week vacation. The work out offerings are amazing...I was up early for a yoga class, we took walks both days, there were all types of aerobic classes, as well as classes about the bees, lavendar, etc... We walked through the organic garden and the gardner was so friendly and explained everything to us.
I would haved liked this place to have been one of our go to places in Carmel, but there are a few reasons I don't think it will become. For those with families wanting a five star family experience, it's nice that those type of options exist, but I find properties that cater to families can't really cater to a romantic, couple weekend. For example, I envisioned cuddling with my hubby by the fire and making smores, but even after 9 pm, the kids surround the fire place and go through all the food before we could even make one. Though the upper infinity pool and jacuzzi are adults only, the parents don't honor the rule, and the property wasn't inforcing it, so even when we kept coming back, thinking children would be in bed by 10, there were still children screaming in the romantic jacuzzi, so once again, not conducive to romance and cuddling.
The other thing we missed was more breakfast options. You can only get a warm breakfast in the restaurant, the lower, more casual cafe only offers granola and yogurt and room service is continental only. Other breakfast options would be quite a commute. If you leave to go to breakfast, you would miss the morning work out offerings.
Loved the idea of the place, but Bernardus may be more couple oriented and CVR is more of a family option.
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- Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel Valley 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