Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn is a historic, coastal hotel located four miles from downtown Carmel, California. We are located on a cliff overlooking the breathtaking Bur Sur Coastline, with an award-winning restaurant, California Market at Pacific’s Edge. We pride ourselves on making couples’ dreams come true for the last 102 years. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn promises impeccable service, world-class cuisine, modern amenities with epic ocean views.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 150 guests at this unique property. For your ceremony, you can exchange your vows on our romantic, seaside gazebo in open-air. Your guests will take in panoramic Pacific Ocean views and lush gardens at this unique venue surrounded by glass. For your reception, you can dance the night away in our Yankee Point Room, Surf Room or our Oceanside Ballroom. Our rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows of the Carmel Highlands rocky, ocean cliffs.
Our full-service venue offers each couple a venue day of coordinator to assist with your planning process. We are here to help design, coordinate, and bring your unique vision to life:
Couples can choose from a welcome reception, cocktail hour, food stations, or a plated meal. Our experienced culinary team specializes in fresh and sustainably local cuisine, which will create a custom menu just for you. We also offer scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and delicious desserts!
We have you covered! With no minimum night stay, our property can accommodate Room Blocks of 5-25 rooms on our luxury property. As a category 7 Hotel, the finest items await you in our Ocean View King rooms the night before and night of the big day!
Groom & Bridal Changing Rooms
Make up, hair spray, bobby pins, ties, cufflinks, boutonnieres - bring it all! Our changing suites can include the Point Lobus Suite & Big Sur Suite which are perfect for the Bridal Party to get ready for the big day! Want to add on a Bridal Brunch with a Champagne Bar or a Groom's Lunch with a Beer/Bloody Mary Bar? Again, we have options for you!
In addition to hosting your wedding, we'd be more than happy to host your rehearsal dinner in our restaurant, California Market at Pacific’s Edge. This exciting venue features a 870-square-foot deck, a louvered roof and glass-paneled walls with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Coast. Other events we would love to host include:
43 Reviews for Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Ashley A. · Married on 04/22/2021
Far better than we could have imagined!!
Sent on 05/10/2021
What an unbelievably amazing and unforgettable wedding ceremony we received at Hyatt Highlands! Like many weddings during covid, we had to replan our wedding that was supposed to take place in Whistler B.C.
We came across Hyatt Highlands through Wedding Wire and after reading all the glowing reviews and speaking with Jessica we booked our intimate ceremony package without even touring in person. The communication was timely and they spared no detail in helping me stay organized while planning an out of state wedding.
Our guests were blown away with the beauty of the ceremony site!
Jessica and Emily were on site on our wedding day and felt more like best friends in my bridal party. Thank you ladies so much for everything!!
The vendors we used at their recommendation for hair/makeup,floral, photography and officiant were all top notch and more perfect than we imagined it could be!
Carrie T. · Getting married on 03/03/2023
The Perfect Elopement
Our elopement at Hyatt Highlands at Carmel was perfect! Jessica could not have been more responsive and helpful leading up to our day. The vendors she put us in contact with were phenomenal. The officiant, Brian, and photographer, Heidi, were so warm and kind that they felt like wedding guests and the flower circle arch done by Reina was exactly what I had envisioned. You could not ask for a more stunning setting overlooking the ocean. The day of went smoothly with Emily and Jessica helping with details and making everything so relaxed. We are so grateful to have found this perfect venue for our special day!Sent on 03/27/2021
Hyatt Carmel Highlands's reply:Carrie,
Shelbie G. · Getting married on 04/03/2022
My husband and I couldn't have found a more peaceful and beautiful place to say "I Do". This location and their staff were so helpful in making sure that we had everything ready. I can not express how thankful we are to have such an amazing location. Lauren, Emily and Jessica were all so incredible about planning the details and making sure that nothing was missed or left out. Even during the midst of COVID they were able to help me have the perfect wedding day.Sent on 04/13/2021
Hyatt Carmel Highlands's reply:Shelbie,
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Price Rates
Pop the question, “Will you marry me?” on our Gazebo Deck above the vast ocean, breathing in the fresh air. Create a memorable story at Carmel Highlands Inn, and celebrate your special moment surrounded by a truly picturesque setting.
Perched high above the rocky cliffs of the Big Sur coast, and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, the Gazebo Deck is the perfect setting to pop the question. The spacious redwood deck is surrounded by lush gardens and cool ocean breezes. With this breathtaking spot, your soon to be fiancé(e) will be talking about the proposal for years to come.
We take pride in handling the details so you can spend time on what’s most important – creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. We love making every couple’s special day unique in its own way. Therefore, we have also partnered with our finest vendors to offer the best of service to help bring your dream to life!
The Highlands Inn would be honored to host your proposal!
This Package is $1,500 Monday-Thursdays | Weekends $2,000
Service charge & tax are not included. Our Proposal Package is available to book within 15 days of popping the question.
Please call the Events Department to plan the special day at 831-622-5461. For any further questions or inquiries, please contact Jessica Schmidt, the Sales & Catering Manager.
Envision saying your vows above the vast ocean, breathing in the fresh air, as you say “I do” on our seaside Gazebo Deck. Create a memorable elopement at Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn, and celebrate your special moment surrounded by a truly picturesque setting.
Perched high above the rocky cliffs of the Big Sur coast with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, the Gazebo Deck is the perfect setting for your intimate elopement ceremony. The Gazebo’s spacious redwood deck is surrounded by lush gardens and cool ocean breezes. With this breathtaking spot, your guests will be talking about their memories of your elopement for years to come.
We take pride in handling the details so you can spend time on what’s most important – creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. We love making every couple’s special day unique in its own way. Therefore, we have also partnered with our finest vendors to offer the best of service to help bring your dream to life! The Highlands Inn would be honored to host your special day and be with you on the start of your happily ever after.
Our Elopement Packages are available to book within 60 days of saying “I DO”
Site Fee Monday-Thursdays starting at $2,000 and is limited to 1.5 hours of event time
Site Fee on the Weekends are $3,000. Service charge & tax are not included.
Officiant: $350 for Elopement Ceremonies
Photographer: $650 for 1 hour / $1,350 for 2 hours
Florals: $500 Package: you choose bouquet, boutonniere or other floral decorations
Virtual or In-Person Tours are available by appointment only. Please call to schedule your tour with our Events Department at 831-622-5461. For any further questions or inquiries, please contact Jessica Schmidt, the Sales & Catering Manager.
Team of Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Events & Catering Manager
My name is Jessica Schmidt, and I am your Events Planner for the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn! Our highly sought-after property can accommodate a variety of experiences, including your wedding day and with our gorgeous coastline views, it is the perfect backdrop to say “I Do” at. As your planner, I love creating experiences, including your Rehearsal Dinner, Post Wedding Brunch, Birthdays or Anniversary Dinners! The team and I are very creative and have a plethora of resources as we work for you to create your dream day. A little inside scoop about me: I am obsessed over my fur baby, I enjoy cheese & wine for dinner sometimes, if I can’t sleep I watch wedding videos and love beach walks with friends! I stay active in the community which includes sitting on the board of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce to serve our local businesses.
I hope I get to plan your big day soon!
Catering & Events Coordinator
Hi Brides & Grooms,
My name is Emily Plascencia & I am the Sales & Events Coordinator for the beautiful Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn. I will be your go to girl when it comes down to the fun wedding details. I will make sure you are stressfree on your special wedding day! A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in Monterey, CA . When I am not running around setting up weddings, I am running around my little 8 month old son. I am passionate about events and attention to detail. One of my biggest joys about my job is watching the bride walk down the ailse and when the Groom looks at his soon to be wife. Its the little things..
Sales & Events Assistant
Whether a wedding or anniversary celebration, I am honored to assist wtih the implementation of the big day! It brings me happiness to see others come together to commemorate loved ones and their special events. With every event, I am just as enthusiastic as the last for each one is unique in its own way, and I love seeing our couple's vision come to life!
When I'm not helping fluff a brides dress you can find me horseback riding, rain or shine!