Traveling from our home in the Bay Area to Carmel Highlands during Memorial Day weekend, we hit some traffic as can be expected, hence took an earlier 101 exit onto a beautiful mountain road to Watsonville and Hwy 1. Instead of getting frustrated in a traffic jam, we got into our destination’s natural spirit and stopped along the way to pick up some freshly picked fruit. Since we left early to enjoy the beautiful Carmel and build up a healthy appetite before check-in, we made a short stop at Lafayette Bakery & Cafe for fresh baked sandwiches and cakes before hitting the beach.
From the beach taking another scenic route to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands hotel (link) meeting the 3pm check-in, we were welcomed by valet parking and a doorman who gave us a hint of the marketed hospitality confirmed by the front desk receptionist.
Receiving some clear instructions to parking and the location of our suite, we were handed some welcoming sparkling wine and recommended to enjoy it at the impressive lounge.
The first impression was positively strengthened with the views, atmosphere and romantic wedding ceremony at their seaside gazebo.
We were pleasantly surprised with the room and after unpacking received room service offering a welcome complimentary wine and cheese to enjoy on our private ocean view balcony. A great opportunity for my husband to light the in-room wood burning fireplace, which was already prepared only in need of a match and having fresh reserve wood on the side. Using the day’s last sunshine and motivated by our 4 year old daughter, we checked out the pool and its outdoor spa. Upon return we finally were able to enjoy the room’s oversized bathtub with jets and ocean view to freshen-up for dinner.
Arriving at the lobby around 8pm, in time for sunset, we ordered a drink in the lounge awaiting to be seated at Hyatt’s ‘California Market at Pacific’s Edge’ restaurant . I enjoyed delicious salmon, my husband a great fillet and our girl the hand-made pasta, served by very friendly and social waiters. Taking our time, we eventually took a nice small stroll around the hotel complex and met some nice guests whom were socializing with some wine at one of the many outdoor fire pits.
Back in our suite, re-lighting the fireplace we had a final nightcap before cuttling into the king sized bed to watch a nice movie.
Early morning in room breakfast allowed us to hike a nice trail at nearby Point Lobos Point Lobos for an active start of the day.
Returning refreshed we packed up and headed to the lobby for checkout and some additional advice for the rest of the day. Enough choices in the Big Sur area but since we already hiked and due to road closure we decided to head north for Pebble Beach. There we took in more mesmerizing views, took some great pics including the famous golf course and had some coffee, tea and hot chocolate milk at Spanish Bay’s The Inn Spanish Bay’s The Inn.
To top off our visit, we returned to Carmel’s Ocean Drive where we picked up some cheese at ’ The Cheese Shop‘ which even impressed my Dutch husband, roamed around in ‘’The Secret Garden’ and other hidden courts before settling for dinner at ‘The TreeHouse Cafe’ where the grilled lamb and Thai curry were amazing.
Satisfied to the brim we headed for home, determined to visit again.
Note: We were hosted by Hyatt.