We were expecting to do a lot in and around the ranch. In reality, we found this is is not possible unless you book well in advance of your stay (e.g horse riding - only six places per daily ride and at least 7 days notice needed). The ranch does not seem to have the facilites to cope when it is full. Even eating on site at the restaurant has to be booked well in advance.
There is one decent pool, but anyone under 16 is banned from using it. The kids pool (where families thus spend their time) is small, crowded and charmless. This is really frustrating given the highly daily cost, and the fact that it is the default activity if you cannot book up anything else.
We took a hilltop suite, which was of a decent standard, but our two kids (13 and 11) found sofa bed and rollout beds in suite uncomfortable.
Overall expensive for what it is able to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stunning and relaxing, our elegant Carmel Valley resort is abundant with the natural beauty of Northern California, offering intuitive service and memorable experiences in a striking venue. Savor incomparable comfort, breathtaking vistas, and a delightful array of activities at Carmel Valley Ranch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel Carmel
- Carmel Valley Hotel
- Carmel Valley Resort