A serene golf course in the Monterey area at sunset, featuring well-manicured greens, sand traps, and gently rolling hills. The background showcases a range of mountains softly lit by the setting sun, with scattered trees and distant buildings visible.

Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley, CA

Want to try your hand at archery? Falconry? Beekeeping? Or maybe you just want to play a round of golf on a par-70 Pete Dye-designed course? Spread across 500 acres in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Carmel Valley Ranch has space for it all — including three different swimming pools. The almost overwhelming activity menu also might include cooking classes, foraging hikes, or yoga in a hilltop pavillion. The extensive fitness program includes barre, circuit training and water yoga while the menu at Spa Aiyana features ten different types of massage. Among the resort’s 181 rooms are a variety of accommodation styles and levels, many featuring fireplaces, private decks or both for a true hideaway vibe.

Photo: Carley Rudd

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