Honeymoon at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands in California

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If you choose to spend your honeymoon at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, you won’t get a tan. You won’t have a hangover from the cheap sweet-and-sour mix the bartender at Señor Frog’s used in your margaritas, and you won’t have to step over a drunk, panty-clad coed who passed out in the hallway to get to your room. You will spend an unbelievably personal, romantic few days with the person you’ve committed to spend the rest of your life with – and what that’s worth after your crazy wedding week is priceless. Trust me. Leave the Spring Breakers in Cabo – you’ll be glad you did.

***This is not a sponsored post nor does it contain any affiliate links. However, the lovely people at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands offered Kiss My Tulle associate, Karen Ruth, a free weekend stay last month. Here's her thoughts on this amazing locale and how you could totally have yourself a killer (and inexpensive) honeymoon there.***

I get it. You’ve been at spin class 6 days a week for the last 10 months, eating steamed asparagus and baked chicken, and you deserve to show off your bikini body. But the idea that your honeymoon should be somewhere exotic and tropical is so cliché – and, in my opinion, overrated. Plus, it means you have to keep eating steamed asparagus on your honeymoon to fit into your bikini and GOD KNOWS that ain’t gonna happen. Let’s be real.

Honeymoon at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands in California || Kiss My Tulle

I’d like to suggest another option – something much more intimate and memorable. The Hyatt Carmel Highlands is quite possibly the most stunning venue I’ve ever set foot in, with its upscale yet rustic lodge feel, expansive panoramic views of the rocky, cypress-lined Pacific coast and sunsets so gorgeous you might need to go to church the next day.

The entire property exudes a kind of intimate sensuality that I’ve never experienced elsewhere. Let’s imagine a typical day at the Carmel Highlands Inn:

You wake up to the crisp Northern California air and walk onto your ocean-view patio. It practically screams, “Call room service for cinnamon-roll French toast and mimosas and eat me on the balcony in your soft, fluffy bathrobe!” Next, a dip in one of the secluded hot tubs nestled amidst the foliage to help you digest is a must. 

Then, you and your partner enjoy a leisurely afternoon wine tasting at Holman Ranch, a scenic hour’s drive away. The area is known for producing fantastic Pinot Noir, and Holman Ranch’s soft, fruit-forward option doesn’t disappoint. 

You return for dinner at Pacific’s Edge Restaurant, where Executive Chef Chand Minton cooks you the most succulent filet mignon with local morels anybody in the world has ever tasted. Ever. But that’s to be expected, as they routinely incorporate sustainable, seasonal cuisine alongside an astounding wine list (bearing the “Excellence” rating from Wine Spectator). The restaurant and hotel staff is impeccably trained: friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable to help make your stay something truly exceptional.

Finally, you and your partner head back to your room where the porter has started a wood-burning fire in the fireplace. You slip into a bathtub the size of a small mobile home, share a bottle of Prosecco and drift off to sleep in a bed that I was sure was a cloud (but it wasn’t; might’ve been all the Prosecco).

This kind of luxury certainly comes with a price; depending on the day of the week and time of year, an ocean-view room will easily set you back $500-$600/night. But budgeted properly, you could easily enjoy all that Carmel and Monterey have to offer for 3-4 days on a modest $2500 honeymoon budget. Spoil yourself with a night or two at the Carmel Highlands Inn, then spend the remainder of your stay at their beautiful sister property, the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Enjoy all the local vendors, restaurants and sights. Hike in Big Sur and take the famed (and breathtaking) 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.

If you choose to spend your honeymoon at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands, you won’t get a tan. You won’t have a hangover from the cheap sweet-and-sour mix the bartender at Señor Frog’s used in your margaritas, and you won’t have to step over a drunk, panty-clad coed who passed out in the hallway to get to your room. You will spend an unbelievably personal, romantic few days with the person you’ve committed to spend the rest of your life with – and what that’s worth after your crazy wedding week is priceless. Trust me. Leave the Spring Breakers in Cabo – you’ll be glad you did.