Calamigos Guest Ranch
What We Love
- A cottage in a brand-new, secluded ranch resort in the heart of Malibu - includes breakfast
- The brand-new getaway’s many ways to explore the Malibu
- surroundings, from wine safaris to helicopter rides to horseback riding
- The spa, offering traditional treatments, chiropractic services and more
- The easy access to Malibu’s world-famous beaches and shops
What To Know
- Accommodations are in private cottages nestled in the hills of Malibu
- The sprawling property is set on 120 acres of land
- Opened in summer 2015
If you think you’ll be corralling cattle and feeding livestock at this
ranch, think again. The only area activities that brand-new Calamigos
Guest Ranch offers are slightly more elevated, and guests here come less
to rough it than to glam it up. Your cottage here is set in the hills
of Malibu, where the views are spectacular and there’s tons to do.
Experience first-class excursions, like sunrise yoga, helicopter rides,
wine safaris, whale-watching, surfing and more, all with the guidance of
the hotel concierge team.
You can get quite the sense of the breezy local lifestyle, just sticking
around. Enjoy lawn games, paddleboats and horseback riding as you
explore the 120 acres at your fingertips, dine at two restaurants, or
make a Swedish-massage treatment appointment at WellFit spa. If there’s
something else you want to try, that concierge team’s at your beck and
call – after all, for a true taste of the Big Boo, you’ll need to be
treated like a superstar.
The cottages of Calamigos Guest Ranch combine
beachy chic with modern luxury, featuring stylish wooden furnishings,
luxe fabrics and simple décor. A soft color palette and your choice of a
soft or firm king bed make these accommodations the perfect retreat
after a long day on the beach or exploring Malibu. You’ll even have a
private courtyard and a terrace with breathtaking vistas.You’ll also have maple-finish wood
ceilings and a flat-screen TV. Your bedroom will have a private deck and your bathroom will have a raised marble vanity and rain shower. Premium Private cottages extend the outdoor terrace space, with outdoor
lounge furniture, and have a king bed and sofas. The Signature Single Suite cottages are
especially spacious, at 450 to 500 square feet indoors, and offer an oversized studio-style room, a separate tub, a fireplace and unobstructed
Santa Monica mountain views.Choose the Two Bedroom Suite bungalows for king beds, two full bathrooms, two private indoor terraces, a fireplace and an oversized living space.
Calamigos Guest Ranch has one restaurant up and running, with another due to open in the not too distant future. Malibu
Café is an eclectic outdoor eatery where every meal comes with a side of
paddleboat rides and lawn games. When it opens, the property’s signature steakhouse will serve up classic
American fare, exotic meats and crafted cocktails. Plates from the ranch’s casual menu
can also be delivered to your cottage, if you’d prefer to dine in
WellFit Malibu Spa at Calamigos Ranch
is the perfect retreat after a day of beach-bumming, wine tasting or
hiking the cliffs. Traditional treatments like the Swedish massage combined with unexpected
offerings like chiropractic care ensure your body
will be completely rejuvenated during your stay.
ultimate West Coast paradise, Malibu is world-famous for its many
celebrity residents and its pristine beaches against the majestic
California cliffs. Malibu waves are some of the best-known across the
globe, making this destination a surfer’s dream. But even when you’re
not on the water, there’s plenty to keep you relaxed and entertained in
this luxurious beach town. From its endless shopping and outdoor
activities to helicopter rides, this city is the
perfect destination for those wanting to experience some of the best of
the West Coast.
How to Get There
Having spent a lot of time over the years in and around Malibu, we decided that for part of our next roadtrip we would head up one of the canyon roads back from PCH and stay somewhere with a view of the hills and Santa Monica mountains. And this place was perfect. Stunning location, really easy to get to, and the a very peaceful place to hang out for a few days. Rooms are quirky...both us and the kids had "bungalows" that had a lot of room, big bathrooms and comfy beds...with a cute little balcony/veranda outside where you could chill and read. There is a great pool area and a stunning separate spa pool area and jacuzzi that is fabulous. Food was terrific and we had a couple of evening relaxing playing scrabble by a roaring fire in the reception/bar area which is very cool made of wood, glass and stone. Actually that part felt a little like a ski resort as it was late October and hot by day but beautifully cool by night and the morning. There is a slightly crazy/fun restaurant in the vast grounds (250 acres) called the Malibu cafe that really comes alive at the weekend. Would i go back...absolutely but one think that is irritating is the $38 charge for valet parking every night. Totally unnecessary when there is so much space t park, and just feels like a rip-off. But apart from that...loved it. Great staff too...really could not have been friendlier or more helpful.
Overall we had a nice stay but based on our experience in other 4-5 star resorts, we would give a score of 3 for the following reasons: our room was not ready until after 4pm and they extented the late check out by 30 min only, the tunnel to access the beach was gross (eg used condom in the sand so please wear shoes); the beach area is small and right by a busy road so you hear traffic non-stop; the AC in our room broke twice and clearly needs replacement; no room service available for breakfast (seriously?!); some personnel did look neat for this caliber establishment (eg long/chipped nails, jeans, dreads),this is a wedding factory, at least 5 of them in 2 days so evenings are loud; the Malibu cafe plays loud music too during the day; I had to email the hotel after we left to get the bill, we sent feedback and never heard from the hotel manager. We would still recommend this place because it is lovely but don't spend more than a weekend there. There is nothing going on around.We did appreaciate the bottle of wine, multiple pools, complimentary drinks, the tesla shuttle, the food, games and decor .Would be nice to add some complimentary chocolates/cookies in the room too.
Very friendly, helpful staff. My wife and had dinners at the lobby and Malibu Cafe and breakfast at the hotel. All meals were delicious with large portions. Great spot for a weekend getaway. Beautiful, natural environment in the heart of the Santa Monica mountains.
For my partner's birthday, he wanted to go somewhere not too far away (we live in LA), was secluded and private. Oh and it had to dog friendly. I found Calamigos Ranch here on Trip Advisor and it was an amazing find. Folks know about this place for it's wedding venues but the accommodations are new to the property (less than 3 years old). We decided to stay Monday through Wednesday and that was perfect because the rate was less and there were maybe only 3 or 4 other guests on the property which made it feel like no one else was there.
The lobby and decor throughout the ground is a wonderful example of Cali, boho, ranch chic. We picked a Premium Private Cottage because it has a private outdoor space and we loved it. Having multiple pools lots of areas to walk and hike gave us things to do in between doing nothing. We didn't make it to the beach club because it wasn't all too warm but we will go next time.
Service was top notch. Everyone we ran into was nice, helpful and personable. Anything we needed they were able to help with.
We definitely recommend Calamigos Ranch and we will be back for sure.
I'm conflicted about this review because I have very mixed feelings about this hotel. We stayed here for a wedding over the summer but I'm only going to review the actual hotel not the wedding venue.
The actual property is gorgeous. You feel like you're very far away from LA. Beautiful grounds, including the pool area, and lovely to wander around the different path ways. It's very instagrammable. However, the actual rooms leave something to be desired, especially considering how pricey they are. They're small, set up very impractically and not nearly as clean as they should be for the price you're paying.
- Beautiful property in the mountains
- Great pool area
- Delicious breakfast buffet with tons of great options (I think it's included with the cost of the room)
- Small rooms
- Very impractical room set up - ie: no closet tall enough to hang a long dress so I had to hang it on a curtain rod, toilet is in a tiny little room of its own with no ventilation, shower is out in the middle of the bathroom (which has no door) which means no privacy
- Not very clean rooms - it was apparent they had not wiped any of the light switches in months