Carmel Valley Ranch

One Old Ranch Road | Carmel, CA 93923-8579  [SEE MAP]Carmel, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Sprawling resort with several pools, multiple restaurants, a large spa and many activities
Daily resort fee applies

Guests gush over the gorgeous landscapes (spanning across 500 acres) that surround the Carmel Valley Ranch, not to mention the stunning golf course, the massive fitness center and the sensual Spa Aiyana. But back to the great outdoors: While here, don't miss the chance to roam the ranch's wide lavender fields to learn about beekeeping. Guests recommend eating at the Valley Kitchen for fresh, locally sourced dishes and outstanding customer service, or head to the River Ranch Café for a more casual vibe. And then there are the suites, where you can spread out in anywhere from 650 to 1,200 square feet of space, which all include 42-inch flat-screens with Blu-ray players, Travertine fireplaces and free wireless internet.

Carmel, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 139 rooms
Primary View
Best For
Families, Couples


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018


There are seven fire pits perfect for nightly fireside s'mores, and endless activities — tai chi or beekeeping, anyone? — that can keep both couples and families entertained. And everywhere, amazing views abound.



The main lodge is a slick, contemporary haven with Brazilian walnut floors, custom woodwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to stunning valley views. Rooms have cathedral ceilings, travertine fireplaces, and large decks.

Fodor's Choice

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1814 have reviewed the Carmel Valley Ranch, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1814 reviews 4.5 (based on 1814 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms at Carmel Valley ranch are all suites that feature a neutral color palette with contemporary wooden furnishings. Spacious, each accommodation fits a king-sized bed, a separate sitting area with a table and couch, a furnished private balcony and a bathroom with dual vanity sinks and a separate shower and tub. In-room amenities include Keurig coffee makers, iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and fireplaces.
  • $30 daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi access, fitness classes, all amenities and activities on the resort, and complimentary shuttle throughout the resort

Standard room size650 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The 500-acre Carmel Valley Ranch, located about 11 miles southeast of Monterey, is all about the outdoors. Set against the Santa Lucia Mountains, the resort offers beautiful views and easy access to its on-site golf course, a plethora of hiking trails and nearby vineyards. Guests who choose to stay on-site can play tennis, swim in one of the resort's outdoor pools, eat a locally sourced meal and more.
  • 14 miles southeast of Monterey Regional Airport
  • About 85 miles south of Mineta San José International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach


This resort feature three restaurants. Valley Kitchen specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, serving food from the property's 2-acre garden. River Ranch Café serves casual fare including sandwiches, salads and drinks. Along with a garden, the hotel also has an on-site salt house and bee farm to create fresh sea salt and honey for guests. Fresh fish from the nearby ocean is also delivered daily to the hotel.
  • The Clubhouse Grill is the golf course's restaurant
  • Indoor and outdoor seating available at all restaurants

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


This resort features three outdoor saltwater pools. The River Ranch pool is family-friendly, featuring a splash zone and outdoor shower. The other pools are adults-only pools with infinity hot tubs.
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Seasonal
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor/outdoor combo
    • Pool bar
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas


    The 10,500-square-foot Spa Aiyana has 11 treatment rooms and offers a full-service menu and select salon services including waxing and nail care.

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna


      This resort offers supervised programs for children, a kids pool area and plenty of other family-friendly activities on-site. The Busy Bees is an hourly program for children ages 2 to 5 which provides fun and educational activities daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ranch Hands Kids Camp for kids ages 6 to 12 offers a variety of outdoor activities at half- and full-day rates.
      • Weekend night kids programs available
      • Advanced registration required for kids clubs
      • Busy Bees program price: $20 per hour, per child
      • Ranch Hands program prices: full-day $125 (includes lunch and snack), half-day $80 (includes lunch and snack)
      • Kids club ($20 to $125)
      • Cribs
      • High chairs


      This resort houses a 24-hour fitness center that features cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights. For those looking to take their workout outdoors, there are plenty of trails nearby to hike and bike on as well as nine tennis courts. There is also an on-site equestrian center that offers trail rides for children and adults.
      • Tennis is $30 per hour to play
      • Racket rental complimentary
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
      • Bicycles
      • Tennis (with fee)
      • Guided runs
      • Paddle boats
      • Motor boats


      This 500-acre resort offers more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The resort's largest venue is the Redwood Room, which can accommodate up to 280 guests for a reception. The resort also houses a business center with printing, copying and faxing services.
      • Audiovisual equipment available

      Number of meeting rooms10

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available


      Pets are allowed at this resort for a nonrefundable $150 fee per pet.
      • Dog beds, bowls and room service menu available
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      The resort is home to the Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course, an 18-hole par-70 course.
      • Golf lessons available for adults and children
      • Golf carts
      • Golf packages
      • Club rentals
      • Club house
      • Refreshment stand or restaurant
      • Caddie service
      • Pro shop


      Carmel Valley Ranch is able to host weddings in seven indoor and outdoor venues. The two main outdoor ceremony sites are the Valley Lawn and the Vineyard Lawn, located on the property's Pinot Noir vineyard. Indoor sites include the Redwood Room and Oak Room, both of which can hold more than 250 guests for a reception. Couples also have the option of holding a reception outside in the hotel's organic garden or on the driving range.

        Maximum wedding guest capacity280

        • Hotel hosts weddings
        • Outdoor space for weddings
        • Wedding planners available

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