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Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, California

Carmel Valley Ranch is nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the leafy vineyards of Carmel. An ideal base to explore the Carmel and Monterey region, the resort offers both a superb chance to relax and explore.

At a Glance

  • Excellent for families and couples alike

  • Pete Dye 18-Hole Golf Course and 7 Tennis Courts

  • Perfect for exploring charming Carmel and Monterey-by-the-Sea

  • Sustainable Pinot-Noir vineyard, organic gardens and bee hives that supply the ranch

  • Horse ride through the valley from the resorts own corral

  • Superb base for the wines of Santa Cruz

Golf, Couples, Family, Adventure

Insider's View

Carmel Ranch Suites are the perfect family set-up, great for relaxing and enjoying the resort and the area. With golf, tennis, 2 gyms and 2 pools on site, guests can easily make the ranch a 3-4 night stay.

Maudie Tomlinson

Insider's View

Don't miss a visit up to the stables on the valley ridge for a scenic Western riding experience.

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Children and adults alike will enjoy the s'mores kits laid out by the firepits every evening - a truly American experience!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Either drive into Carmel and have a pizza one night at Luca or 25 minutes away is the world famous Aquarium at Monterey along with the Prince's Cruises whale watching - a must for all the family!

Jules Maury

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Food food food - the food here is incredible!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The resort has its own vineyard. Make sure you try their wine

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Make sure you book activities in advance to avoid disappointment for your stay at these do book up quickly!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

There are a number of great hikes from the property which take you to some incredible scenic spots – ask the concierge for a map and more details!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Join the complementary Sunset Point Guided Hike to enjoy panoramic views of Carmel Valley

Lucie Polwin

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Carmel Valley Ranch or take a look at our itineraries to California


Carmel Valley Ranch is wonderfully positioned to both explore the local area, from quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Be sure to visit Monterey’s National Marine Sanctuary with its kelp forests and marine life from seals and sea lions to dolphins and whales, and for a mesmerising experience, visit the #1 US Aquarium. Take a stroll along Ocean Beach in quaint Carmel and step back in time with its traditional cafés and boutiques. Drive, cycle or walk the 17-mile drive on the stunning Pebble Beach peninsula stopping at Bird Rock for the harbor seals and the Lone Cypress, perched precariously for 250 years on the ostensible piece of rock. Besides the coastal scenery, star attractions include the world-famous golf courses of Pebble Beach – Scott Dunn can arrange for guests to play.

Carmel Valley Ranch also offers a huge amount to do within its own 500 acre grounds. Head off on hiking trails past wild deer and turkeys before returning to learn about beekeeping. Play a round of golf on the Pete Dye designed course or play on one of the many tennis courts. At night, sit around the fire and learn to make s’mores. For the little ones, there is the River Ranch Camp and activities galore as well as daily child-care.

Carmel Valley Ranch’s 181 suites are tastefully furnished in an earthy, natural style. With private decks overlooking the forest or valley, you have the space to sit back after a day exploring. Add to this a 42-inch flat screen, iPod docking station, WiFi and fireplace you have all the gadgets and creature comforts to make for a truly relaxing stay.

Carmel Valley Ranch is home to the Lodge restaurant and the River Ranch café, as well as offering light refreshments in the Golf Clubhouse. They focus on using the very freshest produce sourced from the Monterey Coast and they even have hands-on cooking demonstrations for the budding Gordon Ramsays of this world.

There are three sun drenched salt-water swimming pools to splash around in (one for families and two for 16+ yrs), and for some quiet time a superb spa along with fitness centers. The family pool is located a little further away from the suites and the spa so that noise and fun is unrestricted. There is a sustainable four-acre pinot noir vineyard, year-round organic garden, and a world-class bee apiary where guests can visit the hives in protective suits. For the active, scenic hiking, biking, and running trails, wind through nearly 500 lush acres of resort grounds.


There are 181 suites at Carmel Valley Ranch. All rooms have a private deck, fireplace, 42 inch flat screen TV, iPod docking station, separate shower and bathtub, WiFi, coffee maker, robes, safe, iron, and bath amenities.

There are 30 brand new guest suites and studios. Each one will offer a serene outdoor living area with valley and vineyard views, some with concrete soaking tubs, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, day beds, rocking chairs, and rustic, elegant furnishings. A selection of these will be able to be configured as connecting suites, as well as two bedroom suites with kitchenettes.

Room rates are based on double occupancy (2 adults per suite). A charge will be added to the nightly room rate for each additional person sixteen (16) years and older.

Suite rates include daily breakfast for two. Additional breakfast is charged a la carte.


Carmel Valley Ranch has an inspired children's program designed by certified schoolteachers, providing unforgettable experiences and plenty of freedom for young minds to be creative and put their imagination to work. No homework or tests here, just a huge natural playground where you can't help but learn a few new things along the way! Ages 2 to 5 years can join the Busy Bees on an hourly basis, 6 to 12 years can join the Ranch Hands Kids Club in the Hunter's Work Shop down by the river banks for half or full days, and for the teens aged up to 16 years, they can join these outdoors activities too and there is Wii, Xbox, PlayStation, karaoke, fussball, games, movies, art projects and more. Child care is available throughout the day, and teens evenings until 10pm. Two of the swimming pools are for 16 yrs + but there is a family-friendly junior Olympic-sized pool open to all ages.


Hotel facilities include a restaurant, a bar, 24-Hour front desk, terrace, shops in hotel, tennis courts, equestrian center, horse back riding, fitness center, golf course (within 3 km), spa, outdoor swimming pools. The resort has an adult only swimming pool and a separate family swimming pool which is located a short distance form the suites so that noise levels do not need to be restricted.

The resort's main restaurant has recently been redesigned, and offers casually elegant, fresh, home-inspired dining - and chef Tim Wood was voted Best Chef in Monterey County 2015.

Hotel Services include Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Babysitting/Child Services, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Souvenirs/Gift Shop, Fax/Photocopying.


Carmel Valley Ranch is a playground for all ages, and while some guests may seek joy hiking in the oak forest, others may find the most restorative takes place at Spa Aiyana.

Spa Aiyana is nestled in the treetops overlooking pastoral Carmel Valley below. The spa spans 10,500 square feet and has 11 treatment rooms, most of which have private outdoor terraces. There are three couples treatment rooms, grouped in the same wing, allowing them to be sequestered for private functions, such as pre-wedding and birthday spa celebrations. The spa also features private men's and women's locker rooms, with steam saunas, as well as a co-ed Relaxation Lounge and Fitness Center.

As the only Pete Dye design Golf Course in Northern California, the 18-hole, par-70 course has earned a reputation for its stunning views, friendly wildlife, tactical challenges and playability. Experience championship-level play at a course rated among the "Best US Golf Resorts" by Travel and Leisure's "World's Best" readers' survey.

For tennis enthusiasts, the tennis complex includes 7 resurfaced hard courts and 2 clay courts, plus a "sport court".

Many other activities and experiences are on offer including archery, bird watching, a butterfly garden, yoga, organic culinary garden tours, bee-keeping, guided hikes, Equine Perspective - horsemanship workshops, The Art of Being with Horses, as well as wine programs within the four-acre pinot noir vineyard.

Location & Directions

Carmel Valley, California

Located on Old Ranch Road in the Carmel Valley, at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, California.

When to go

Carmel is an all-year destination if you like fine dining and shopping. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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