Carmel Valley Ranch
This luxury lodge aims to deliver unique experiences, and makes good on its promises. The suites are large and have cathedral ceilings and luxe limestone baths. Hiking, Tai Chi and even indoor cycling are all on the menu in what is an unusual and charming place. Eco-touches The hotel has a sustainable four-acre pinot noir vineyard, year-round organic garden, and a world-class bee apiary where you can don protective suits and engage with the hives.
Carmel-by-Sea – which once famously had one Clint Eastwood for a mayor – is a picturesque spot to explore. It has something of European feel, with quaint cottages, continental bistros and lush gold courses. The coastline is rugged and dramatic and beyond it lie some great boutique wineries.