I almost don't want to review this place to keep it a secret! Once you drive through the gates you feel like on a far away retreat. Why did I know know about this place?
You might wonder why you would not stay by the ocean if you go to Carmel, and that's fair. But Carmel Valley Ranch is just a little paradise, tucked away, with natural beauty and peace.
The "rooms" are little condos that are super modern inside - beautifully decorated with very high ceilings. We had a fire place and balcony; and a HUGE bathroom. All products are amazing - loved the soap and body lotion. Bed was good, mattress not the best but good.
To get from your "room" to the main area you can walk or take golf carts. It was cold, so we only walked a few times but in the summer it would be heaven to walk. And there are trails and a yoga platform one could walk to (did not see it).
The gym is lovely with a yoga room that has bolsters, blocks, straps..beautiful. There are two pools in two areas - one for families and one for adults only. The most beautiful hot tub I have ever seen - lipless. Looking over the trees and valley.
The restaurant was top notch for dinner. They light the trees and we sat by the window - it looked magical.
Only disappointment was breakfast. They have a small selection and must have had the B crew on. It took a while to get cuttlery and all condiments after getting our food; stuff was missing and it was not a good experience; especially for the price. But that was the only downside. Lunch actually looked good.
So, if you want a relaxed place away from it all, with top notch service (Ritz Carlton Tahoe, take note). This is the place. Everybody was super friendly and helpful. Very organized place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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