Carmel Valley Ranch
What We Love
- Chef Tim Wood’s Valley Kitchen’s focus on local organic fare
- The full-service Spa Aiyana’s couples suites, complete with fireplaces
- The Pete Dye championship-level golf course is open year-round
What To Know
- Carmel Valley is very quiet, residential, and rural, so don’t expect local businesses to stay open late
- The resort is a 10-minute drive from Carmel-by-the-Sea
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, this sprawling 500-acre Carmel Valley Ranch is an activity-filled resort offering world-class golf, clay-court tennis, mountaintop yoga, gourmet cooking classes, and a luxe spa. The wood swing hanging from the thick oak tree outside the main lodge sets the stage for a playful escape in this sun-drenched rural refuge where the Cali-chic look is pervasive and the access to the valley’s wineries, art galleries, and boutiques is unbeatable. Suites are spacious, with sloped ceilings, leather upholstery, fireplaces, private decks, and spa-like bathrooms. When John Pritzker, son of the late billionaire Hyatt founder, bought the 139-room Carmel Valley Ranch in 2009, the purchase and subsequent multimillion-dollar renovation caused quite a buzz—and not just because it added a 120,000-bee, honey-producing apiary to the grounds. The renowned Pete Dye–designed, championship-level course still anchors the resort to the valley, with its rolling fairways weaving through vineyards, lavender fields, and oak groves. There’s much more to do here than just golf, though: eight tennis courts, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, three salt-water swimming pools and an equestrian center. Opportunities to learn abound as well, whether working in the honey-producing apiary, harvesting herbs in the organic garden or taking cooking lessons with gourmet chefs. It’s all sure to work up your appetite for dinner at Valley Kitchen where Chef Tim Wood, local culinary darling and Bernardus Lodge alumnus, pairs hearty, hyperlocal seasonal cuisine with the best California vintages, including The Ranch’s own wines from its four-acre vineyard.
In the Area
In-the-know foodies make the winding 45-minute drive up the mountain to Cachuga Store on Monday nights for chef Michael Jones’s fresh, innovative fare and the always-convivial ambience. Winery-hop without the worry about getting behind the wheel with the Grapevine Express (24 Carmel Valley Transit bus) between Carmel Valley Village and Monterey Conference Center — an all day pass costs $8. Tip back whiskey, beer or locally made wine in a saloon scene straight out of the Wild Wild West at the Running Iron. For hiking and horseback riding, visit the 4,500-acre Garland Ranch Regional Park, 8.6 miles east of Highway 1 on Carmel Valley Road. Stop by the Farm Stand at Earthbound Farm for organic produce, ice cream, salad bar, bakery goods, flowers and cut-your-own herbs.
How to Get There
Facilities and the place is amazing. Food in the club - Sunday brunch is amazing too. The River place is amazing for kids too. This place can improve in personnel kindness perspective, probably some customer service training. Food as well overpriced in some points.
The property was beautiful and the staff was welcoming and friendly. We will able to get an Uber and wine taste nearby in Carmel Valley Village but there was also a lot to do and see at Carmel Valley Ranch. Will definitely stay here again.
Service was terrible. The pool café refrigerator was out for a week, so all beverages were hot. No one seemed to be trained. The hotel room turn down service that was promised never happened. The check-in process started and was told
This is heaven. Love this resort! Beautiful views, great pools, golf curses and smell of lavender. We stayed in Valley Suite and Bluff Suite. Bluff Suites are new and very nice. Valley Suites need refreshment.
This is our first time staying at Carmel Valley Ranch. We have had an amazing experience so far. The grounds are amazing with plenty to do for the whole family. The staff has been very accommodating here as well, especially Roman at the Clubhouse. We had breakfast there this morning and he was extremely pleasant and attentive. He gave us some great recommendations of things to do during our stay as well. He was very helpful. We highly recommend Roman when you visit the clubhouse during your stay here at Carmel Valley Ranch! And the breakfast was great also!