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A secret garden in Carmel

Ashish Kumar November 27, 2014

The perfect Carmel accommodation should provide visitors not only with a place to spend the night, but also inspire them to enjoy the sun, sand and sea for which Carmel is known and loved. La Playa Carmel does all that and more.

The establishment is not only just a short walk from beautiful Carmel Beach but also home to one of the most sumptuous hotel gardens in the world. This means visitors are going to find it tough juggling their time between enjoying the luxuries of the property and exploring breathtaking Carmel.


La Playa Carmel began life as a luxurious mansion constructed all the way back in 1905 by an artist as a lavish gift to his wife, part of the famous Ghiradelli family.

The building has been standing for over 100 years and was recently restored in its present incarnation as the luxurious La Playa Carmel. Nicknamed the “Grande Dame of Carmel”, the historic building is situated a stone’s throw from the pristine sands of Carmel Beach.

The hotel, which contains 75 rooms, is considered a major landmark in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods of California. Lovingly tended gardens, cosy patios, intimate courtyards and a serene swimming pool on a terrace are just some of the features of this visually arresting hotel.

Nearby attractions

Carmel Beach – La Playa Carmel is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Carmel beach, and has the distinction of being the closest hotel to the sand in all of Carmel.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve – One of California’s most celebrated state parks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a mere three miles from La Playa Carmel and offers jaw-dropping ocean views, a cacophony of wildlife and marine life and spectacular hiking trails.

17-Mile Drive – The ultimate road trip can be enjoyed on this scenic road, which opens up to stunning views of the ocean and fascinating mansions. An access point for the route is located just six blocks from La Playa Carmel.

Golf at Pebble Beach – This golf course is one of America’s most famous, and is marked by breathtaking signature holes and a backdrop to die for.

Garden fantasy

The garden at La Playa Carmel is full of mystery and hidden delights. Those who wish to experience it to the fullest would do well to stay in the Garden Patio room, which is equipped with a private patio overlooking the luxurious gardens and enables guests to enjoy a cup of tea or a good book in full view of paradise.

Perfect for any event

The beauty of the gardens has made them a much sought-after venue for weddings and other events. Here are some beautiful areas on the hotel grounds that can be reserved for private events.

Courtyard – At once both impressive and intimate, the courtyard accommodates large ceremonies and receptions in a magical garden setting.

La Playa Patio – The patio provides a cosy, personal setting for outdoor events amidst the beauty of the gardens.

Pacific Room – Jaw-dropping views of the ocean and historic architecture make for an enchanting experience.

Garden Room – Enjoy incredible views of the hotel’s award-winning gardens and the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean.

Fireside Room – Host small events in a beguiling, intimate setting with this room equipped with a real fireplace.

If you’re travelling to California but have never considered staying in Carmel, La Playa Carmel is reason enough to change your mind. The perfect venue for luxurious getaways and dream weddings, the hotel’s beauty is matched only by impeccable service. La Playa Carmelwill make you see the Californian sun, sand and sea in an entirely new light.

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