Carmel Valley

See our Guru's list of the best places to stay in the Carmel Valley

Just inland from the beautiful seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Carmel Valley is a lush green valley known for its wineries and vineyards, and its spa retreats. It’s also known for its wild turkeys, quails, deer and rabbits. And you might even see a coyote or a rattlesnake!

There’s quite a nice list to chose from when it comes to the best places to stay in the Carmel Valley. There are ranches, vineyards, spas and retreats, as well as hotels, and some very nice nearby boutique hotel options in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

If you’re here to relax and enjoy yourself then our Guru’s selection of the best places to stay in the Carmel Valley also includes several properties which will organise some relaxing activities for you - like horse rides in the Garland Ranch National Park, a theatre trip, cooking classes or just a winery tour. This is also a magical place for hiking. And of course the idyllic town of Carmel is just a short distance away with its pretty views and sandy beaches. Carmel Mission, founded in 1771, is probably the region’s major ‘sight’. It is said to be one of the most beautiful of California’s Spanish missions.

The Best Places to Stay in the Carmel Valley

  • The Carmel Valley Ranch is surrounded by 500 acres of scenic valley land, just ripe for adventures. There are 139 spacious, contemporary rooms - many with their own balcony and sitting rooms - an apiary, vineyard, spa and pool, and a restaurant serving locally sourced delicacies. This is probably one of the best places to stay in the Carmel Valley for families.
  • The Bernardus Lodge and Spa is a 57 room retreat. It’s got a lovely spa and it’s surrounded by its own vineyards. Rooms have fireplaces and huge bathtubs, plus there’s a lovely restaurant with outside dining and spectacular views.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Carmel Valley for you?

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  • Carmel Valley Ranch

    Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel Valley

    An idyllic setting packed full of adventures in 500 acres by Carmel-by-the-Sea. Rooms are contemporary, spacious with their own balcony, sitting room and modern bathroom. Restaurant uses locally sourced delicious ingredients to tempt you. Explore the apiary, vineyard, spa and pool to name but a few!

    139 rooms from $325
    Local markets  -  See the local fishermans catch at Carmel-by-the-Sea.
    Great walks  -  Along the ocean front or in the 500 acres of land.
    Back to Nature  -  Sitting on 500 acres of land.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Bernardus Lodge and Spa

    Carmel Valley

    Resting in its own vineyards and forestland, this retreat is perfect for wine enthusiasts and for superb spa treatments. Rooms have fireplaces, noteworthy linens and generously large bathtubs. The restaurant caters to all dietary needs and the outdoor dining offers spectacular views. Great hideaway.

    57 rooms from $375
    Cycling  -  Rent a bike and explore picturesque Carmel-by-the-sea on two wheels.
    Sit-out Terrace
    Sights nearby  -  15km away is Carmel Mission Basilica and Museum.
    Back to Nature  -  Amongst the oaks and pines of Carmel Valley.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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