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Established in France in 1954, Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive association of independently-owned luxury hotels and restaurants across the globe. From country houses surrounded by vineyards to mountain chalets and beachfront villas, most Relais & Chateaux properties are historic landmarks in picture-perfect settings. Known for their diversity and uniqueness, these high-end properties also pride themselves on their first-class cuisine.
Relais & Chateaux properties treat guests to plush rooms with gorgeous decor, stellar service and high-end facilities. Impressive hotel amenities usually include a mix of five-star restaurants, free valet parking, spa services, free WiFi and free airport transfers. The luxury hotels are also famous for offering special little extras, such as cookies and milk at bedtime, and floor heating in all bathrooms.
Treat yourself to a luxurious stay in Monterey by booking a room at a Relais & Chateaux property.
For natural beauty in abundance, check out Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey Bay. The fairytale town of Carmel has a sandy beach backed by towering pine and cypress trees, a great spot to catch a wave, soak up the sun and enjoy a romantic sunset. Take a stroll around the town’s cobblestone streets, lined with artisan boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Monterey Bay is home to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, sited on Cannery Row, where you’ll also find a string of restaurants, wine-tasting rooms and independent shops. Walk from Cannery Row to Fisherman’s Wharf to feast on fresh seafood in open-air clam bars or fish restaurants. You can also arrange whale-watching tours from here.
Monterey is awash with acclaimed vineyards and wineries. Famous for its Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, Carmel Valley’s pretty valley floor is dotted with tasting rooms, vineyards and wine bars. If you fancy sampling limited-release vintages, head to the River Road Wine Trail, where you may find that it’s the actual winemaker doing the pouring.
Scenic golf courses can be found across Monterey County, with top courses in Pebble Beach, Salinas and Carmel-by-the-Sea.