Casa Munras Hotel & Spa, Boutique Hotel on the Monterey Bay

IMG_3766We enjoyed a wonderful getaway recently at the beautiful Casa Munras Hotel & Spa. It was a memorable and meaningful getaway because my mom and I had enjoyed many leisurely luncheons together there in the 60’s and 70’s, so it was like revisiting my childhood but a generation later. The renovations are astounding.

Truly catering to romantic vacations, this hacienda style hotel with spacious and luxurious accommodations is perfectly situated within minutes of the Monterey Peninsula’s most famous highlights and treasures.

Plush and lavish feather bedding ensured a thoroughly peaceful slumber for us both and provided the rest we needed for all our planned activities during our stay. Our IMG_3807blissful slumber was undoubtedly enhanced by our impeccable spa experience at the Casa Munras’ Sano Spa.

This gorgeous and utterly tranquil spa provided us with outstanding massages by well-trained and competent therapists. Their Signature Aromatherapy Massage was heavenly. Afterward we luxuriated in our own private outdoor spa with a soothing waterfall as the coastal breezes kissed our pampered and rejuvenated skin and muscles. I was a massage therapist for 11 years in college so if anyone scrutinizes massages, it’s me. These were truly flawless.

IMG_3783We loved our dinner at Esteban Restaurant where we sampled delightful Tapa style dishes in a lovely outdoor heated patio and courtyard setting. Local and seasonal ingredients are prepared in an exhibition style kitchen. House made cheese served with pickled onion and watercress was fabulous. We both loved the Spanish meatballs in red pepper sauce. I loved the Pulpit Confit, a small dish of octopus served with cherry tomatoes, garlic and potatoes. We both relished the IMG_3884Pulled Pork Empanadas. We should have ordered two to enjoy the flaky crust and delightful flavors even more.

Adding to the wonderful amenities we enjoyed were the outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness room, and of course, the complimentary wireless Internet.

The complimentary fresh baked cookies, daily newspapers, DVD library, and IMG_3894refreshing aqua fresca only added to the inclusive luxuries and hospitality. Bike rentals are also available for a nominal fee.

Everything a vacationing couple needs for comfort and convenience and even pampering is offered and well done at the beautiful Casa Munras.