Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

My teen daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful Mother-Daughter 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 1960s and ’70s, so it was like revisiting my childhood but a generation later. The renovations are astounding.

Truly catering to family vacations, this hacienda-style hotel with spacious and luxurious accommodations is 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 blissful slumber was undoubtedly enhanced by our impeccable spa experience at the Casa Munras Sano Spa.
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Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

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, sipping gourmet teas, as a soothing waterfall and 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 and the spa was magical.

We loved our al fresco dinner at Esteban Restaurant, where we sampled delightful Tapas-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.

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

We both loved the Spanish meatballs in red pepper sauce. My daughter loved the Pulpit Confit, a small dish of octopus served with cherry tomatoes, garic and potatoes. We both relished the Pulled Pork Empanadas – we should have ordered two to enjoy the golden, flaky crust and delightful flavors even more. The Seafood Paella was my favorite. The flavors were delectable.

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

The complimentary fresh baked cookies, daily newspapers, DVD library, and refreshing aqua fresca offered in the lobby, only added to the inclusive luxuries and hospitality.

The Casa Munras even has a family movie night on Saturdays, complete with popcorn and blankets. Bike rentals are also available for a nominal fee. They have thought of everything.

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

Photo credit: Carmel Mooney / Pets & Service Dog TravelingMom

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

The Casa Munras is not a dog-friendly property, although dogs are welcomed to dine outdoors at Esteban’s in the courtyard, where we saw many dogs dining with their families.

As working media with media credentials, I was hosted on a press trip for my review. The views expressed here are entirely my own but ought to be yours too.