Joie de Vivre

Explore all of Joie de Vivre's unique hotels, restaurants and spas.

The Ranch offers a collection of indoor and outdoor facilities that no other resort can match — programs and experiences designed specifically to help you rekindle romances, rethink companies, reconnect with friends and family and of course, revive spirits.

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Why Play?

Play is universal, but one size does not fit all. On our 500 beautiful acres you can indulge your inner child and create lasting memories.

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.

Play is universal, but it’s certainly not one-size-fits-all. That’s why Carmel Valley Ranch 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.

Hit A Ball. Have A Ball.

Hit a ball. Have a ball.

Naturally, we play the classics, too. Our 18-hole championship golf course designed by Pete Dye offers breathtaking views of the Valley, and is fun for golfers of all skill levels. The 18-hole, par-70 course has earned a reputation for its stunning views, friendly wildlife, tactical challenges and playability. Rated among the "Best US Golf Resorts" by Travel and Leisure's "World's Best" readers' survey.

Spa Aiyana

Spa Aiyana

Inspiration unfolds with each passing season, allowing us to provide our guests with uniquely cultivated products that showcase the "craft" of customized spa rituals. The abundance of florals, herbs, and botanicals that dot the landscape of Carmel Valley Ranch is truly a gift! Our natural harvest is continuously cultivated and renewed, and we bring that to each and every guest experience offered at Spa Aiyana.

"Bee" To Believe

"Bee" to Believe

We don't think that you can simply see to believe, you must actually bee to believe. Only by donning our bee suits and walking into the hives—actually being a beekeeper—can we begin to understand the magic of these critical (and endangered) creatures. Inspired by the cooperation we see in our devoted bees, we don't merely observe, we actually perform meaningful hive duties, including honey harvesting, feeding new colonies and inspecting our colonies' health.

Pricing: $60 per adult (ages 16 and over) $40 per child (ages 4 to 15)

Your adventure with our honey bees includes:
  • Lavender & Honey Lemonade refreshment at activity check in.
  • A taste of the Carmel Valley Ranch honey...directly from the hive!
  • A travel-size lavender beeswax balm to take home.
  • A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Help the Honeybees charity.

For the little ones

For the little ones...

River Ranch Complex

Located down the hill, our high-energy hub can keep everyone playing all day. Features a salt-water, Junior Olympic pool, our "Splash Zone," a hot tub, basketball, bocce and tennis courts, a 5,200 sq. ft. fitness center, our Ranch Hands Kids Camp and our brand new River Ranch Cafe.

For the Curious, Adventurous & Ambitious


For the Curious, Adventurous and Ambitious

Organic Garden Tour

Join Farmer Mark in our beautiful Organic Garden. Even if Mark puts you to work, you'll learn a tremendous amount about the transformation of our barren hillside into a fertile and sustainable paradise. All ages welcome. 

Hilltop Hikes

Hilltop Hikes

Start your day with an "as-strenuous-as-you-like" morning jaunt to our hilltop yoga platform. Fun company, interesting tidbits, and beautiful views of Carmel Valley.

Tai Chi

Hilltop Tai Chi

Have a magical one-of-a-kind experience. Described as "meditation in motion," the ancient art of tai chi reduces stress, improves health and promotes serenity through gentle flowing movements, energy circulation, breathing and stretching techniques—connecting the mind and body. Combined with the breathtaking views from our hilltop platform, this is an experience not to be missed.

Indoor Cycling

Indoor Cycling

You'll never get left behind! Heidi leads this 60-minute, indoor cycling class. Advanced reservations are required, as this is extremely popular and our bike supply is limited.



This 30 minute express class is devoted to strengthening your core and upper body muscles. Having a strong core helps support your back, improves your posture and lessens the chances of injuries while you are active. All fitness levels welcome.

For the Nostalgic


Every evening indulge in S'mores!

Please, sir, may I have... s'more? Every evening we gather around the fire pit to share these summer camp—and now Carmel Valley Ranch—classics with friends new and old.