Bernardus Lodge & Spa
What We Love
- Lounging by the heated pool with a glass of locally produced wine in hand
- Marinus uses fresh organic produce from its gardens and supports local farmers and fishermen
- The chardonnay footbath and signature spa pedicure includes a glass of Bernardus chardonnay and artisanal cheese plate
- 320 days of sunshine per year in the valley
- READ MORE: 72 hours on Highway 1
What To Know
- REASONS TO GO
- 9/19-9/21 Monterey Jazz Festival
- 10/4 Wine Fest (Monterey)
- 10/15-10/19 Carmel International Film Festival
- Marinus restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; reservations should be made in advance as it's one of the best in the area
- A $30 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout (and includes valet parking, nightly turndown service, a welcome bottle of wine and more)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Far from the crowds that can dominate other winemaking regions, Carmel Valley is a quiet area just 15 minutes inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea. Among the vineyards lies Bernardus Lodge, an escape for foodies, oenophiles and spa mavens alike. The look is pure Wine Country, with solid wood construction, fireplaces and a selection of antiques throughout.
Bed & Bath
The guestrooms retain this vibe, with stone fireplaces and private decks that offer superb views of the gorgeous countryside. Featherbeds and tubs big enough for two make for an indulgent touch as well. After a long day of exploring vineyards and attending tastings, this is an excellent place to come home to.
Spa lovers will find plenty to enjoy at Bernardus, including a variety of unique wine-inspired treatments, like the grape impressions treatment (featuring a cabernet body mud mask, of course). Serious foodies should make reservations at the lodge’s signature restaurant, Marinus. Chef Cal Stamenov has earned his five-star reputation with dishes that make the most of farm-fresh ingredients for his reasonably-priced tasting menu (approximately $120 vs. French Laundry’s $270). There’s also the more casual indoor/outdoor Wickets with its popular al fresco fireside seating and the hotel’s Carmel Valley Village steakhouse and saloon
In the Area
Winery-hop without the worry of getting behind the wheel with the Grapevine Express bus between Carmel Valley Village and the Monterey Conference Center. Tip back whiskey, beer or locally made wine in a saloon scene straight out of the Wild Wild West at the Running Iron. For hiking and horseback riding, visit the 4,500-acre Garland Ranch Regional Park, 8.6 miles east of Highway 1 on Carmel Valley Road. Stop by the Farm Stand at Earthbound Farm for organic produce, ice cream, a salad bar, baked goods, flowers and cut-your-own herbs.
How to Get There
This is one of the best places to stay in Carmel Valley. The location is great and sunny. The restaurant and food is excellent. The only issue I noticed the day I visited was that the electric car chargers were not working.
My wife and I came here for a quick getaway and we were blown away... beautiful location, room was excellent (modern, clean, large, and of course a heated floor in the bathroom), bottle of wine, beer and snacks awaiting us in the room after checking in where we had 2 glasses of wine, Lucia restaurant was outstanding, and the service across the board was superb. We are definitely going back.
I absolutely loved our stay here at Bernardus. From the second we pulled in and the bellman unloaded our car to the room, to the bar and restaurant staff. This place is on point.
We got a hot tub room and since it was February, it was worth it. The courtyard was very private and it’s so dark on the property that the stars are amazing on a clear night.
Its worth every penny to stay here versus some other resorts that are close by.
I’ve written a whole review on this trip on my blog. Jdspassport.com
An excellent location with accommodation spread throughout the grounds. Open fires welcome you inside and out. Rooms are large, well furnished and equipped and maintained to an excellent standard. Beautiful views and grounds. The staff at this lodge are friendly and very helpful - 100% service orientated. Bar service and food quality at a high level. Dinner menu and breakfast quality were very high. Great base to explore the valley, Carmel by the Sea and Big Sur.
From the moment we pulled up and were greeted by the bell staff to checking out, we were treated like royalty. Upon check in, you receive a glass of their house wine. In the room there is more wine and yummy snacks (all complimentary). We had dinner at the bar and it was delicious - greens grown right on the property. The next morning we went on a hike nearby (with help from the front desk) and then relaxed at the pool. Our lunch was yummy and after checking out, we took advantage of the spa to shower and get ready to go. I highly recommend this resort for relaxing in beautiful suroundings!!