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Carmel Valley Ranch

31 Oct 2013

written by Cindy Matalucci

Carmel Valley Ranch
One Old Ranch Road
Carmel, CA 93923
(831)625-9500

We had the amazing opportunity to stay at The Carmel Valley Ranch Resort in Carmel. It is truly one of California’s best kept secrets. Tucked away in the forests of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley Ranch is situated on 500 acres of lush land and adjacent to the 4400 acre Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool

The Ranch

The Ranch

We were celebrating Israel’s birthday and wanted to go somewhere peaceful to escape the everyday stress of our busy lives. We also wanted to stay somewhere dog friendly as we hate to leave behind our two furry babies, Isabela & Romeo.

Our babies

Our babies

Isabella & Romeo

Isabella & Romeo

As soon as you step foot in the resort you are relaxed! The staff is amazing and can plan any activity you would like to do while you are staying here. Since they are dog friendly, they provide you with cozy beds, treats, water bowls, and activities for you to do with your pet while you are here.

The Lobby

The Lobby

Pet amenities

Pet amenities

When we got to our amazing Forest Suite, in the Garland suite room, we were blown away! It was both private and spacious and had 1,100 square feet of space. Gorgeous cathedral ceilings in the living room and travertine tile in the bathroom is an added touch. This suite also includes a wrap around deck with amazing views, a living room with a huge flatscreen TV, a desk to work in, a huge bathroom with a tub and jacuzzi, a large king bed and fireplaces in both the living room and the bedroom. We had enough space to bring 2 huge dog crates and have them set up in the bedroom!

Our living room

Our living room

View from our deck

View from our deck

Bathroom

Bathroom

Huge bedroom

Huge bedroom

The amenities they provide you are fabulous and luxurious! They give you soft robes and slippers, have a cheese plate and a bottle of wine waiting for you with a kind note thanking you for your stay here. They also have the best shower products and soaps made from the 7500 lavender plants on the property.

Robes

Robes

Slippers

Slippers

Awesome fresh spa products

Awesome fresh spa products

Loved the shower gel and shampoo

Loved the shower gel and shampoo

Cheese plate!

Cheese plate!

We always love to work out when we are on vacation so we loved all the activities they offer at the Ranch. We enjoyed several days of hiking the trails around the resort with the dogs. We did the Huff N Puff trail which takes about an hour to complete. You start out up hill for a great cardio workout, and pass the gorgeous yoga platform on the hilltop. It ends with a scenic view of the Santa Lucia Mountains. This was a great workout and we worked up a sweat! The dogs loved it.

Hiking the Huff n Puff trail

Hiking the Huff n Puff trail

View from the trail

View from the trail

One of my favorite things about the Ranch is that they offer complimentary fitness classes every day like Pilates mat, spin, or hilltop hatha yoga with a breathtaking view of the mountains. We took a fabulous Hatha Restorative Yoga class with Karen who was an amazing instructor. We also loved the spin class in the cottage with Lori. She turns down the lights, has candles lit, and at the end you pick affirmation cards! Mine was Self-Acceptance of course! Perfect right?

Feeling Zen after yoga

Feeling Zen after yoga

Yoga

Yoga

Spin class at the cottage

Spin class at the cottage

My affirmation card

My affirmation card

Lori is awesome!

Lori is awesome!

You can golf at the 18 hole, Pete Dye designed championship golf course. Since we are not into golf we just relished at the view on the golf course and all the amazing deer that we saw each morning and evening, right on the course! We actually spotted wild turkeys too!

Deer

Deer

Wild turkeys

Wild turkeys

If you know anything about Izzy & I you know we love spending time at the spa. Carmel Valley Ranch’s Spa Aiyana does not disappoint! It is phenomenal! 10,500 square feet of treatment suites with fireplaces, deluxe spa treatment rooms, and pure bliss! Izzy and I checked in the 2nd day of our stay and booked a couples massage in a private suite. It was amazing! You get to enjoy a glass of wine and chocolate after your treatment in front of the Spa’s lobby fireplace.

Phenomenal Spa

Phenomenal Spa

Lounge area at the spa

Lounge area at the spa

Ladies lounge in Spa

Ladies lounge in Spa

Jacuzzi outside the spa

Jacuzzi outside the spa

The food at the resort is amazing! Executive Chef Tim Wood creates seasonal menus that showcase the flavors of each ingredient and the area’s bountiful produce. They serve an amazing fresh Lavender cocktail and a delicious Angus fillet of Beef! On Izzy’s birthday we were treated to a scrumptious dinner by Chef Tim at the Lodge Restaurant! Israel had the Black Angus Fillet and I had the fresh line caught fish with fresh vegetables on the side. Each day we ordered the Organic beet salad which is out of this world! It has winter citrus, garden greens, shaved fennel, feta cheese, and Olive Oil dressing. Yummy! Israel’s favorite part of the Lodge Restaurant is the fact that each night from 6-10 they serve s’mores by the fire outside the Lodge. He made a trip down there each night! Oh and did I mention that the staff picks you up in a golf cart to take you where ever you want to go at the resort? How fabulous is that?

Chef Tim

Chef Tim

They mix up signature drinks for you!

They mix up signature drinks for you!

Cheers Izzy!

Cheers Izzy!

My signature lavender martini

My signature lavender martini

Fillet of Beef

Fillet of Beef

Fresh Sea Bass for me

Fresh Sea Bass for me

Dinner at the Lodge

Dinner at the Lodge

Golf carts at your service!

Golf carts at your service!

S'mores for Izzy

S’mores for Izzy

Yummy!

Yummy!

My favorite beet salad

My favorite beet salad

Gorgeous property!

Gorgeous property!

We truly had an amazing time here and think this is one of the best resorts we have been to. We highly recommend it and can’t wait to go back!

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