We love visiting the Central Coast of California, and Monterey in particular is near and dear to our hearts. Often referred to as the greatest meeting of land, sea, and sky, the region attracts countless visitors looking for pristine natural beauty combined with a vast array of recreational and dining options. We always look for great accommodations when we travel, and the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course is a gem among the offerings in the area. Within a short drive of the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Carmel by the Sea, and Pebble Beach, there is something for everyone to enjoy in one of the most ideal vacation and business destinations in the country.
The pet- and family-friendly hotel attracts many as a go-to place for vacationing. Choose from rooms including the golf-view accommodations, featuring sweeping views of the manicured Pebble Beach Del Monte Golf Course, or the President’s House, a 2,500-square-foot standalone villa; there is a place for every type of traveler or business person. Each space offers comfortable and contemporary furnishings, deluxe bedding, and modern conveniences along with 24-hour security and concierge services. The two full-size swimming pools are a favorite among the guests, while the adjoining hot tub and game areas offer entertainment for all family members. If swimming is not your thing, play a game of tennis at one of the several well-maintained tennis courts, or work out in the 24-hour fitness center. For those needing a large conference area, the hotel includes 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a full staff to keep everything running smoothly for your important business occasion. And of course, there is the 18-hole golf course that is literally embedded into the very hotel surroundings and is available for guests to enjoy.
After a day spent tackling the golf course, hiking around the Peninsula, or biking along one of the many paths adjacent to the stunning Pacific Ocean, a massage is always a welcome indulgence. The Marilyn Monroe spa is the place for pampering in the glamorous and well-embellished facilities that truly reflect the maven who still symbolizes stellar beauty. The spa carries certified organic Marilyn Me skincare, makeup, and beauty products, and the dedicated and knowledgeable “production crew” will leave you feeling as refreshed, vibrant, and camera-ready as possible. New services such as microdermabrasions and threading are now available, along with the many full-service spa treatments. Whether you are golfing, relaxing, or watching sea creatures, the Hyatt Regency Monterey will make your stay a memorable and enjoyable as possible.
Elaine and Scott Harris
After a busy day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Cannery Row, a swim in the pool may be an ideal way to revitalize and refresh before a dinner at the TusCA Ristorante or Knuckles Sports Bar. TusCA offers an upscale casual dining space with sweeping views of the golf course. Here, the focus is on farm-to-table freshness highlighting the beauty and bounty of regional cuisine with a touch of Tuscany. With produce readily available from Salinas Valley, fresh fish from Monterey Bay, and superior local California wines, diners will find that the local ingredients enhance the texturally rich dishes with lively seasonal flavors. As an added bonus, try locally sourced dishes such as the Monterey calamari with lemon herb aïoli or the Salinas Valley mixed greens, composed of local strawberries and goat cheese drizzled with a dressing made with the local honey from family-owned Carmel Honey Company.
Knuckles Sports Bar is one of Monterey’s favorite gathering places. Knuckles is a relaxing place to watch your favorite sport competition and enjoy a nice cold beer, and hot popcorn is even available gratis from their complimentary popcorn machine. There are daily happy hour specials, craft cocktails, and local craft beers along with upscale causal California cuisine that will keep everyone satisfied and satiated. The Fireside Lounge next to the front lobby also serves food and drinks daily, and on weekends the lounge comes alive with upbeat live music performed by local area musicians.
Monterey showcases some of the best eco-tourism, dining, and outdoor activities in the country, and finding the right hotel to relax and rejuvenate is a must. Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course may be the right place for you and all your family members.