Where else can you play 18 holes of world-class golf, access hundreds of miles of hiking trails, wander around an organic garden, learn about honey bees in an apiary, explore vineyard terroir, enjoy mountain-top yoga, and then relax by your choice of pools—all within walking distance of your suite? We’re talking about Carmel Valley Ranch. Set on 500 acres in Carmel Valley, this luxurious Carmel hotel is tucked away in the lush forests of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
While Carmel Valley Ranch has been a favorite getaway spot for decades, the resort reimagined itself as something more than a traditional escape.
The Ranch suites and studio suites are scattered across the 500 acre-playground which rests on the ridges and rolling hills of the California Oak-studded Santa Lucia mountain range. There are three individual neighborhoods of guest suites. Each neighborhood offers its own unique personality: stunning tree-lined views of the valley, sun-soaked bluffs and golf course views or even intimate courtyards with gardens that attract deer and turkeys.
Additionally, each suite and studio suite at The Ranch offers relaxing privacy, a deep connection to the land, and the luxury of suite living enjoyed in just the right way—snuggled up to your fireplace, enjoying a lazy breakfast in bed with your playmate, lounging the day away surrounded by nature on your oversized deck, soaking an evening away in your deep tub filled with lavender bubbles, or gathered around a game with friends and family.
The area’s rich history of wine growing and sustainable, organic farming is reflected in Chef Wood’s fresh, natural and seasonal menus. Fresh seafood comes directly from the waters of the Monterey Coast and is delivered daily by Fisherman Jerry. Many of the fruits and vegetables featured in Chef’s dishes are grown at the Ranch’s on-site organic garden, literally picked within walking distance from the kitchen. Chef Wood’s focus is squarely on local, sustainable ingredients and true farm-to-table cooking.
When talking about activities, the list is pretty long. There’s something for everyone: 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, designed by Pete Dye; Tennis complex including 6 hard courts and 2 Har-Tru clay courts; Valley Kitchen Restaurant, offering delicious meals prepared from local ingredients; The Adventure Kitchen, home to garden-to-table cooking demonstrations; 3 sundrenched outdoor salt-water swimming pools, including 2 adult-only (ages 16+) with infinity hot tub, and one family-friendly junior Olympic-sized with hot tub, outdoor shower and splash zone; Full service Spa Aiyana offering a full menu of treatments;
Fitness centers with state-of-the-art equipment and daily complimentary fitness classes; Scenic hiking and running trails traversing 500 oak-studded acres of resort grounds; Hilltop corral offering trail rides and our signature Equine Perspective; Sustainable four-acre pinot noir vineyard, year-round organic garden with chicken coop and salt house, and a world-class bee apiary where our guests can don protective suits and engage with the hives and Ranch Hand Kids Camp, Busy Bees and Kids’ Night Out, designed by professional educators to provide just enough structure to inspire and initiate unforgettable experiences, yet the freedom for young minds to create and explore.