When you visit Carmel Valley Ranch, plan to play a lot, be it twirling on a tree swing, or swinging away on the Pete Dye-designed golf course, where you’ll likely encounter deer and a wild turkey or two. Spanning 500 acres of vineyards, lavender fields, scenic foothills, and old-growth oaks, this sleek, 181-suite resort is all about pleasurable diversions. Hike the trails, they extend hundreds of miles, and practice your warrior pose on the hilltop yoga platform. Spend a day at the spa or in the hands-on Adventure Kitchen. Of course, there are plenty of activities for children, and for your four-legged friends as well. Additionally, Carmel Valley Ranch offers a rich array of amenities, including a Pete Dye championship golf course, tennis courts, bocce ball, and basketball courts.
Carmel Valley Ranch Offers 181 Spacious and Elegantly Appointed Guest Suites Each of the newly renovated suites features cathedral ceilings, travertine fireplaces, comfortable custom-made furnishings, limestone bathrooms, private decks, and a soft, understated color scheme that complements the resort’s surroundings.
The award-winning Executive Chef Tim Wood and his merry band of artisans redefine how a great meal should taste. Even Brussels sprouts taste good here! It's no wonder that the readers of Monterey County Weekly named Chef Wood "Best Chef in Monterey County" for 2015 and 2016 and named Valley Kitchen the "Best Restaurant in Carmel Valley" in 2018.
All suites feature - Spacious outdoor deck, Romantic bedroom fireplace, A perfectly sized flat-screen TV, Separate shower and sumptuous bathtub, wireless Internet on unlimited devices (but chill, it’s so nice outside!), Nespresso coffee maker and tea kettle, Mini-fridges, Cozy robes and slippers, Laptop-size safe, Iron and ironing board, Aromatherapy bath amenities (hint having acres of lavender).
Dining - Local, Organic, and Just Pain Yummy - Carmel Valley Ranch is nestled in the heart of California’s most fertile growing region. 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 Monterey Coast waters and is delivered daily by the very own fisherman, the Mighty Mariner 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 and the world-renowned organic gardener, a.k.a. Dirt Whisperer Mark Marino, share a passion for the land that shows their approach to the production and, ultimately, the menus. The Ranch has its own salt house, goats, chickens, bees, ocelots (not really, but that’d be so cool!) from which all is harvested. When you combine Chef’s flair with the artisans’ talents, each menu is an ode to the Central Valley growing region.
Eating at The Ranch Is - as Fun as Everything Else - Chef Wood serves up more than just local, sustainable ingredients and true fresh-to-table cooking. Those familiar with him know his love of family-style service, culinary sophistication, sense of adventure, and, most importantly, his wit. In other words, eating at The Ranch is just as fun as everything else.
The Art of Adventure - Serious about play because it allows you to see things in new ways: our world, our work, our families, our lives. That’s why having outdoor adventures among the gardens, beehives, and the wonders (like falcons and owls and hawks … oh my!) of the Carmel Valley, along with indoor pursuits such as culinary demonstrations at The Market and Creamery, candle- and soap-making, and other arts and crafts. And we haven’t even gotten into sporty activities like golf, tennis, bocce, and hatchet throwing … yes, hatchet throwing. There’s also an Artisans and Artistry series, children’s camps, and tons of other memories just waiting to be made.
Spa Aiyana - Find Eternal or at Least Monetary Youth - Go ahead, spoil yourself. You don’t need an excuse. You just need a little time at Spa Aiyana. Nestled in the treetops, inspired by the fragrant gardens and the four seasons, this escape is rooted in the earth's healing powers. With immersive treatments from massage and bodywork to sleep therapy, and advanced clinical-grade skincare such as the exclusive HydraFacial™, this is more than your everyday spa day. It’s an experience truly befitting the Aiyana name, which is the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation word for “eternal blossom.” Time & Space to Breath - The feel-good getaway offers a nail care salon and 11 treatment rooms, most with private outdoor terraces, where you can relax, reconnect and reclaim your childhood invincibility. Three couples’ treatment rooms inspire private “we time” with your playmate, or pre-wedding relaxation with your bridal party, babymoon celebrations, and birthday spa bashes with besties and bubbles. The spa also features private men’s and women's locker rooms with eucalyptus steam rooms and a co-ed warming room.
Golf - The only Pete Dye-designed, bentgrass golf course in Northern California is right here at Carmel Valley Ranch. No matter how you slice it (or hook it), this par-70 layout offers something for all players - tactical shots, dramatic elevation changes, incredible scenery. It’s a rollicking good time, ranked among the country's top resort courses by Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” readers’ survey. And if you believe the 19th hole is as important as the first 18, the refreshed clubhouse features sweeping views, an expansive bar, and a patio with fire pits - so reliving the round and connecting with friends is as comfortable as that trusty old putter. Carmel Valley's unique microclimate bathes the course in more than 300 days of sunshine each year, giving you 300 chances to chip away at your handicap or best your golf buds. Pete Dye tamed Mother Nature with two signature holes (11 and 13) that boast breathtaking drops into the valleys. Other holes wind through vineyards, lavender fields, ponds, and old-growth oak groves, where deer, wild turkey, birdies, eagles, and the rarely spotted albatross roam free.
A multimillion-dollar enhancement restored the course to Pete Dye’s original design, with T1 bentgrass, enlarged greens, and improved tees to put you in the zone. All golf carts are equipped with a state-of-the-art Visage GPS. For camaraderie and cool bevies before or after your round, the Clubhouse Grill offers crackling fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, plus an outdoor patio with fire pits and epic fairway views. It’s an experience (wait for it…) on par with the course.