The Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club
The Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club is located three and a half miles inland from Carmel's ravishing coastline, positioning the resort what feels like a world away from the fog belt. This elegant and serene resort spans over eight-hundred acres of plush Carmel Valley meadows and lakes. Quail Meadows is the park-like community connected to the Quail Lodge and pets are actually welcomed in this tranquil country setting. The entire property creates a wonderful environment for any family traveling with young children to walk along the green vistas that expand across the same Carmel River that John Steinbeck was so intrigued by in Pastures of Heaven. Ample hiking trails abound throughout the property and a family can relish the scenery with a gourmet picnic basket made by the hotel. The gourmet baskets are packed with delicacies such as Cornish game hens, salads, bread, cheeses, fruit, a bottle of Chardonnay and dessert, and comes with a detailed map of eleven prime scenic excursions and special picnic "kid" foods can be included by request for children.
A notable feature of this resort is that toddlers and young children are given the unique opportunity to romp and run to their hearts' content amidst the meadows and hiking trails, which separates this ambiance from more traditionally confining five-star environments. The property includes ten lakes, a haven of plush lawns, trees and vibrantly colored flowers. The six-hundred acres of Quail Meadows are overseen by a nature conservancy that attends to half of it. For me, as a family traveler, the resort felt truly tranquil with its enchanting mountain vistas, rolling meadows and an abundance of wildlife, including some not-so-shy deer and, of course, quail.
The resort's one-hundred rooms and suites include lakeside lodges, cottage suites, garden suites, and executive villas. These villas contain options of two-bedroom suites with living rooms, fireplaces, entertainment systems, wet bars, sundecks, and private gardens with hot tubs. All of the rooms possess the modern conveniences of in-room coffee makers, internet hook-ups, current videos on demand, and hair dryers and bathrobes.
DiRoNa, the resort's more formal, award-winning restaurant, with Chef Bob Williamson, is touted as one of the peninsula's best restaurants. The wine list includes 250 wines representing 175 different wineries. The restaurant offers what they define as "Wine Country Cuisine," focusing on fresh and locally grown ingredients and alternative table-side service.
The hotel's more casual restaurant, The Decks, is situated around the resort's signature Mallard Lake, enabling guests to gaze at its lighted fountain and charming, Oriental-style footbridge--highly soothing ambiance for babies, children and romance-seekers alike.
The Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club is replete with opportunities for the actively inclined. Sports available at this resort include an eighteen-hole championship golf club, four tennis courts, two swimming pools, hiking trails, bicycles and biking trails and fly fishing.
The Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Cub joined the Hong-Kong based Peninsula Group in 1997 along with other hotels in Beverly Hills and Hong Kong. The resort has earned Mobil's elite five-star distinction.
Many packages are available specifically designed to promote romance. For example, those seeking relaxation on a romantic visit can select from a variety of spa treatments including facials, skin treatments and wraps, and massages replete with a variety of invigorating ingredients including seaweed and salt. The Romantic Touch package includes a dozen long stemmed roses, champagne, gourmet chocolates, scented candles and a bubble bath ready for your arrival. Mom and Dad might also opt for the Spa Touch package which includes massages for both parents right in their room, followed by a basket of Carmel Valley's botanicals, a soft robe for each, and scented candles to set a soothing mood. The combination treatments such as Triple Treat is a good choice and includes a botanical facial, body polish and a body wrap.
If you've done the traditional Carmel trip, lodging in one of the many generically styled hotels in the alluring but overcrowded Carmel village, you will find staying at the Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club a vastly refreshing change. The resort really makes you feel as if you are amidst one of the magical "pastures of heaven" of John Steinbeck's rendition of old Carmel Valley. Steinbeck's aptly titled book still describes the resplendent Carmel Valley, and this resort captures its awesome essence perfectly. Quail Lodge is utterly serene and restful, removed from Carmel's less appealing traits: parking hassles, crowds, and the ever-present fog. Yet the resort still positions you close enough to drive into the town for dinner or an afternoon of shopping, should you so desire. If romance is on your vacation agenda, you will never err by choosing this tranquil and radiant resort.