Carmel Valley Ranch

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • The AAA 4-Diamond family-friendly resort spreads over 500 acres in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains
  • Kid-friendly amenities include a designated Splash Zone area in the pool, easy hiking trails and a guided bee experience in the apiary
  • Adult-friendly amenities include a modern spa facility and a Pete Dye designed 18-hole golf course
  • Guests with cars will find themselves 10 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea and 45 minutes from Big Sur

“Slick, contemporary haven” -- Fodor's
Enjoyed This
(57 Member Ratings)
"Tub on the deck of our room."
30. May 2018
Marina, CA, USA

Map & Directions

Our Deal Experts recommend renting a car to take full advantage of area attractions. Carmel Valley Ranch is an hour's drive from San Jose International Airport and a two-hour drive from both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Sturdy oaks with swings, graceful weeping willows and sweeping valley views can be spied at every turn at the AAA 4-Diamond Carmel Valley Ranch, perfect for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family retreat.

The property has a wealth of activities to choose from like nature hikes, beekeeping lessons, horseback trails, mountaintop yoga or tennis lessons. Alternatively adults can opt keep themselves busy at the modern spa, 18-hole golf course or adults-only infinity pool, while kids make use of the pool's designated Splash Zone.  

At the onsite restaurant, Chef Tim Wood pairs food grown in the organic garden, with wine from the resort's vineyard. Guests can also venture to any of the surrounding wineries and sample varietals there, or enjoy s'mores beside the outdoor fire pit and sip while stargazing. 

From the press:
  • "Slick, contemporary haven with Brazilian walnut floors, custom woodwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to stunning valley views" -- Fodor's



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Games room
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to the age of 12 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Crib available on request; free of charge for children up to the age of 2.
Extra bed available on request: $25 plus tax per night.
Extra person charge is $50 plus tax, per person, per night.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged a non-refundable $150 pet fee once per stay per pet. The cost includes a pet bed and bowls for use during stay.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: A nightly Resort Fee of $45.00  (subject to tax = $49.73) applies and includes:

  • All gratuities for the bell, door, shuttle and maid service teams
  • Wireless Internet
  • Bottled water replenished twice daily
  • Parking
  • Use of all facilities, 2 salt water pools, hot tubs, basketball, bocce
  • Unlimited PLAY at any of our fitness classes including hikes and garden tours averaging over 60 classes and events weekly
  • Daily New York Times including Sunday
  • Unlimited use of the business center
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(57 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Carmel Valley Ranch (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.7 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Jackson 02. Jun 2018 Sedona, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Tub on the deck of our room.
Lisa 30. May 2018 Marina, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The room was spacious and beautiful, close to main lodge and pool area. Perfect.
Other Comments
The valet service was great.
Jackie 18. May 2018 Milpitas, CA, USA
Other Comments
Lounge chairs on our deck were filthy and one of them was wet. Lots and lots of stairs to get to our room..too many. Room wasn't that nice. Dinner there was so so and they added things to the bill that we never ordered and we caught the mistake after we left. Stayed at Fairmont and places in Sonoma and thought those experiences far surpassed this experience. Despite the discount, it was still a lot of money for so little.
Marna 13. Apr 2018 San Mateo, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Golf course, swimming pool
Other Comments
The valet staff were great but not enough to accommodate all guests.
Tracy 05. Apr 2018 San Francisco, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful views. Lots of fitness classes.
Other Comments
We got upgraded from the original room we were to have at the very end of the resort to having a pool view suite. Shame the kids are not allowed in the main lodge pool, at least in off season. There were some ants in our room but not so many for me to complain about.
Christine 17. Mar 2018 Toronto, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Krista 28. Feb 2018 San Francisco, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Patio tub
LaBrenda 27. Feb 2018 Rocklin, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Privacy, activity options, and s’mores!
Jennifer 19. Feb 2018 Sunnyvale , CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Activities, fitness classes, pool facilities
Lilly 18. Feb 2018 San Francisco, CA, USA

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