Bathed in a golden glow from the Californian sun, the Carmel Valley Ranch is a unique country retreat that joyously celebrates the outdoors and places the idea of ‘play’ at its core. So get stuck into whatever makes you tick, whether it be a round or two on the championship golf course, hiking in the hills, a mountain-top yoga session, learning about bees and honey-making at the hotel’s own apiary, or just laying by the sublime pool, this secluded haven offers it all. With sweeping vistas over the gilded hillsides, there’s plenty of room to stretch out, immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings and rediscover what you enjoy most in life.
With 500 acres of pristine Californian countryside to call its own, Carmel Valley could not come in a better location. Set deep in the heart of the Santa Lucia Mountains, it’s still in easy reach of the beautiful central Californian coast and idyllic village of Carmel-by-the-Sea; a perfect spot to peruse the shops and admire the views over the ocean. Carmel Valley’s inland location means that it manages to hold on to the warm, sunny weather, making it an ideal environment for growing vines; you’ll find the area swathed with them, including the hotel’s very own 4-acre pinot noir vineyard, a mere stroll from your room.
Each of the hotel’s immaculate suites are sophisticated yet understated in their design, adorned with tranquil, earthy tones to compliment the resort’s natural surroundings. Cathedral ceilings give a light, spacious atmosphere, with wide glass doors that slide out onto private decking areas in every room, providing an idyllic spot for you to lay out and gaze at the stunning views, perhaps with a glass of the hotel’s own pinot noir in hand.
Why we like it
A rare find in our eyes, a stay at Carmel Valley indulges your inner-kid and restores your outer grown-up. We were utterly charmed by the hotel’s natural, playful atmosphere and outstanding organic cuisine, which cannot help but leave you feeling thoroughly nourished and revitalised in both body and mind. Blend this with a warm sophistication and luxury comfort in every detail, and Carmel Valley Ranch offers a unique sense of escapism and freedom that few other places can imitate.