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It's simple: the desire to get away is not just about decompressing (of course, decompressing can be fun, too). But getting away is also about having new experiences and trying new things. It's about getting out of our comfort zones, or indulging in them completely. Play at Carmel Valley Ranch has the ability to reinvigorate. It's fun, but it's also sophisticated. It allows you to see things—work, family, life—in a new way. Playing here makes you feel human again.

See All the Ways to Play


Play is universal, but it's certainly not one-size-fits-all. That's why our Carmel luxury resort is located on 500 of the most beautiful acres you'll find. It's enough room to let everyone rediscover, get to know, and indulge their inner child—from world-class golf and great hiking trails to facilities just for kids and some of the best meeting spaces around.

  • 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, designed by Pete Dye

  • Tennis complex including 6 hard courts and 2 Har-Tru clay courts

  • Valley Kitchen Restaurant, offering delicious meals prepared from local ingredients

  • The Adventure Kitchen, home to garden-to-table cooking demonstrations

  • 3 sundrenched outdoor salt-water swimming pools, including 2 adult-only (ages 16+) with infinity hot tub, and one family-friendly junior Olympic-sized with hot tub, outdoor shower and splash zone

  • Full service Spa Aiyana offering a full menu of treatments

  • Fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and daily complimentary fitness classes at River Ranch.

  • Scenic hiking and running trails traversing 500 oak-studded acres of resort grounds

  • Sustainable four-acre pinot noir vineyard, year-round organic garden with chicken coop and salt house, and a world-class bee apiary where our guests can don protective suits and engage with the hives

  • Ranch Hand Kids Camp, Little Ranchers and Kids' Night Out, designed by professional educators to provide just enough structure to inspire and initiate unforgettable experiences, yet the freedom for young minds to create and explore

A 500-acre layout—along with the River Ranch, our "resort within a resort"—allows for both "Children at Heart" and "Children at Play" to coexist like at no other resort. And we always welcome the most playful family members of all, our four-legged friends.