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What can one say about Monterey, Carmel and the Northern Pacific coastline that hasn’t already been said? World-class golf courses, gourmet food and wine, looming redwoods and the California Coast continuously draw both local and global visitors alike. Deciding on where to stay among the many sumptuous features can be daunting.

Below is a list of some of the most luxurious properties.

Ventana Big Sur

The sprawling and remote five-star resort is nestled between 160 acres of lush forest and the Pacific Coast. It features world-class dining with sweeping views, an award-winning spa, and suites with names like “Big Sur Forest Shower” and “Vista Hot Tub Suite.”

A “glamping” option with furnished safari-style canvas tents is available for those who prefer to commune to nature a bit closer. To get even more intimate, there’s an exclusive falconry experience with a master falconer. 

Rosewood CordeValle

A member of the Rosewood portfolio of hotels renowned for its five-star luxury and excellence, CordeValle offers a country club vibe nestled on 1,700 acres between the soft peaks, valleys and canyons of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Rosewood CordeValle—“heart of the valley” in Spanish—boasts a 7,360-yard golf course designed by award-winning architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. complete with an on-staff PGA professional. Wine tasting is available on the onsite 85-acre vineyard and winery. Luxury accommodation choices range from fairway-view rooms, suites, bungalows and four-bedroom homes.

The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Situated on a quiet coastal strip of beach between Carmel Valley and the adjacent Marina Dunes Preserve, The Sanctuary Beach Resort is a relaxed enclave of bungalows that offer a secluded escape on 19 acres of oceanfront. 

The restaurant features an oyster bar and a central live-fire kitchen serves as the central focal point. The pet-friendly resort offers beach bonfires, is pet-friendly and ranks as one of the most environmentally-conscious green hotels in the area.  

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Set upon an idyllic hillside 4 miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands served as a sanctuary for artists and travelers since opening in 1917. The property highlights 48 luxury suites; more than half come with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged coast. 

The newly renovated dining space combines award-winning restaurants, fine dining and bistro into an expansive 1,200-square-foot deck with glass-panel walls, a louvered roof and breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast. 

Quail Lodge and Golf

Cradled on 850 acres of lush green fairways among the hills of Carmel Valley, closer to Carmel By The Sea, the lodge offers 93 generous suites redesigned by Barry Design Associates, the award-winning designer who has worked on such properties as the Four Season Beverly Hills and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. 

The property’s signature 18-hole championship golf course is considered one of the best resorts to play golf in the area, due to the lack of wind. 

For guests wanting to venture beyond the resort, Quail offers a Land Rover driving school with a professional instructor to customize off-road lessons that explore the nearby mountains. The program ranges in duration from hours to days.

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