A wellness weekend makes the perfect self-care gift and Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California checks all the boxes when it comes to luxury pampering. From the five-course chef’s tasting menu at Coastal Kitchen to the unparalleled views from Vista Blue Spa atop the hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is the ideal place to indulge in restorative time away from home. Built in the early 1900s, the 290-room resort is nicknamed “The Grand Dame of the Bay”, channeling the bygone era of grand hotels while also bringing in the comforts of recent renovations.
Situated over Monterey Bay, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa exudes tranquility with an ocean backdrop for everything from soaking in a tub at Vista Blue Spa to viewing the abundant wildlife—including seals and otters—from your room. In fact, leaving the property isn’t necessary for a truly enjoyable self-care weekend—although you’ll also have Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Pebble Beach beckoning if you want to add more activity to your itinerary. Here’s how to plan a luxurious wellness weekend at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Book The Chef’s Tasting Menu And Wine Pairing At Coastal Kitchen
Coastal Kitchen Monterey provides an elevated culinary experience befitting a luxury wellness weekend. Offering the only chef’s tasting menu in Monterey, Executive Chef Michael Rotondo curates a five-course dining experience that draws in all of the senses and reflects the local environment with 98% of the ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius. Each course arrives with careful attention to both beauty and taste, inviting the diner to mindfully experience the dishes as an artful exploration of local ingredients and a playful homage to the seasons. As an unexpected bonus, food sensitivities are joyfully accommodated with creativity and attention to detail.
Sommelier Conrad Reddick provides an added layer to the experience that should not be skipped. His expert wine pairings are delivered as literal poetry—his descriptions of the wines’ origins are woven into connections with the courses being served, leaving diners both curious about what’s to come and satisfied with each and every selection. Reddick prides himself in selecting hard-to-find wines, making the experience even more unique and enjoyable.
While the food and the wine are enough on their own to merit a visit to Coastal Kitchen, the location and service deserve mention as well. Like a well choreographed ballet, the attention to service moves fluidly from course to course, bringing just the right balance of conversation and space to savor the dishes—which is especially commendable given the restaurant opened fairly recently, in early 2022. The view is also of note. During daylight hours, diners enjoy a view of Monterey Bay teeming with wildlife and as the sun sets, the view shifts to a show of twinkling lights over the bay.
Coastal Kitchen Monterey delivers across the board in providing a high caliber chef’s tasting menu that’s more than just a dinner out—it’s a memorable experience perfect for a weekend of pampering.
Indulge In Spa Treatments At Vista Blue Spa
In addition to exceptional food, pampering is also key to a luxury spa weekend. The award-winning Vista Blue Spa sits atop Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, greeting guests with breathtaking panoramic views of Monterey Bay as soon as they step off the elevator. While the spa offers an extensive list of spa services expected from a high-end resort, the menu also includes more unique offerings like the CBD wellness massage, which incorporates locally-sourced, artisan-crafted CBD formulated to melt away stress. Just be warned, the massage is so effective you might need to build in time for a nap afterward.
Another service not to be missed is soaking time in the luxuriously-appointed private spa suite, which offers a spectacular view of Monterey Bay with two soaking tubs, a rain shower built for two, a balcony for sunbathing, and an in-room fireplace. The private suite can also be upgraded with a CBD mineral soak to fully relax your tired muscles and refreshments like fresh fruit, a charcuterie board, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries. It’s indulgent in the best possible way and rounds out any spa treatment with time to fully relax.
Book A Room With A View
Fortunately, many of the rooms at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa face the ocean—and even the rooms designated as partial-view offer fantastic vantage points for watching the seals and otters play outside your window. If you’re in full splurge mode, opt for a balcony to enjoy your morning room service al fresco or upgrade to the Presidential Suite pictured above for your own 500-square-foot sundeck and hot tub. Regardless of the ocean view you pick, you’re sure to see plenty of marine life from your window, making it easy to linger in bed and fully relax.
Enjoy The Hotel Amenities
In the spirit of a true resort, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa offers amenities that go above and beyond expectations. Most memorable are the rooftop hot tubs and sitting area with fireplace where you can have room service delivered for the perfect sunset reception while taking in the phenomenal views of Monterey Bay. The same views are available from the hotel workout room, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and is a far cry from the typical basement feel of most hotel gyms. Evenings are also a lively time in the hotel lobby with full bar and live music perfect for people watching.
Build In Local Excursions
While it’s easy to spend an entire weekend at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, the region is full of opportunities to explore. Monterey Bay Aquarium is walking distance from the hotel and a great way to spend an afternoon absorbing the underwater world of Monterey Bay. If you’re feeling more sporty, bicycle and kayak rentals are available for adventures right outside your hotel room doorstep. And, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach are both short drives from the hotel and worth visiting by car if you have one available. In fact, there’s enough to do around the hotel that you could easily extend your wellness weekend to a wellness week if you so desire.