Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast

Aleta Fimbres 06/06/2013


The Hyatt Carmel Highlands has long been known as a destination for those who would like to feel a million miles away from their ordinary lives. Perched atop Highlands Drive with cascading birds-eye views of the ocean surf and its dramatic capes, Highlands Inn continues to etch itself into the hearts of local vacationers and travelers alike.

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In celebration of the Highlands Inn’s luxury accommodations and unique location, the resort has made some exciting improvements, including a renovation project for its guest rooms. Beatrice Girelli is the Principal Designer of Indidesign, the luxury hospitality and high-end commercial interiors designer that is heading the renovation. “Because of the size of the rooms and configuration of the hotel, it was important to provide a cozy residential identity for the guest rooms and suites,” said Girelli.
Taking inspiration from the natural landscape and colors of the area, Indidesign used a palate of light taupe, steel blue accents, and rich browns highlighted with deep caramel tones. The rooms were re-conceptualized with a comfortable contemporary style. Particular attention has been given to the use of renewable, sustainable, and recyclable products. The eco-friendly choices include water efficient faucets and energy efficient lighting, as well as sustainable textiles made of fibers obtained from recycled products.

The resort’s restaurants and lounge have undergone some exciting changes as well. Pascal Castiau, Assistant Food and Beverage Director at Highlands, says the new menus for Pacifics’s Edge and Sunset Lounge feature seasonal, local produce, and are drawing attention. “We’ve created very approachable menus. People used to think that Pacific’s Edge was only for special occasions. Iif the day ends in a “Y” it’s the perfect day to dine here,” said Castiau.


In addition to bringing back house favorites such as the tender 20 oz. Bone-In .Rib Eye, Executive Chef Mark Ayers has included exotic choices such as succulent Monterey Bay Red Abalone with Garlic Flan and Lemon Coulis. The menu also features edible indulgences by Pastry Chef George Fritzsche, kid-friendly portions, and an extensive Under $70 wine list. Sommelier Don Mallery provides choice pairing options for dinner. For a more casual experience, Sunset Lounge is a comfortable spot to grab a mid-afternoon or evening cocktail—perhaps Sunset Lounge’s signature Kiwi Lemon Drop—features a family-friendly menu, and music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Highlands Inn’s new Resort Manager, Jonathan P. Doepke, has been with Hyatt for eight years, and enjoys Highlands’ unrivaled characteristics. “This is a very unique destination. There is no resort like it, and it’s only getting better.”

Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast & Highlands Inn, 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, California, USA, 93923, Tel: +1 831 620 1234, Fax: +1 831 626 1574

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