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
The Bernardus is ideally located in Carmel Vally, very beautiful scenery and a well kept property. The garden is out of the world, and only the very best places in Provence can compete with the richness of the nature surrounding the hotel. It’s a 4 star hotel, but you don’t sense that. It feels like a 5 star hotel, except for the pool area, which is small, has no view, and in general don’t have the star quality of the rest of the facilities. We had a really great suite, with terrace and a gas fireplace for the cold evenings. While it’s 25 degree during the day, it’s dropping to 15 during the night and the fireplace becomes quite handy. The breakfast is our only complain. Portions are really big, but I would suggest to go for less quantity and more quality. Most quest seems to be American, which explains the breakfast style, but especially the kids suffered from lack of options. As an example, no bread options was available, except for white toast. We went for dinner at the Camel Valley Ranch, which is another high quality option in the area. While the property is equally impressive, it’s very different, as it’s bigger, located at the mountain side (Bernardus is in the Vally), has beautiful panorama view over the golf course and the mountains. We liked the intimacy, the gardens and the great view to the mountains, hence we prefer Bernardus over the Ranch. But if you are a golfer, the Ranch is the place in the Valley. As a special bonus, we drove the property’s Mercedes convertible up 17- Mile drive. The property has two Mercedes cars for free use, and its actually working, its not a marketing gimmick! The Bernardus is one of the most beautiful places we ever visited.
Absolutely Impressive From the arrival staff opening the doors of our car, welcoming us and a glass of sauvignon blanc as you are. checking in. Dante from the front desk walked us through the property and to our room. Room was away from the pool/garden which meant calm and quiet rather than noise. Room was amazing. Beautiful decor, elegant, loved the fireplace. Beautiful, picturesque balcony to enjoy our glass of wine, complementary fruits, snacks, cheese, beer and soft drinks, and filtered water. And a bottle of Bernardus wine. Bathroom was amazing - large, marble, huge tub, his and hers sinks, heated floors, enjoyed their rose and organic herbs garden, their lavender fields. . The main pool itself was also great! Tried the restaurant at the hotel which served organic high quality food! Room was impecable. No complaints whatsoever! Bocce ball, hikes an adult Jacuzzi overlooking the mountains. What is not to like. Saving money to go back.
Beautiful grounds, impeccable service, friendly staff and a beautiful room. Super restful and romantic place. Deserves every one of its 5 stars. The fire pits and outdoor fireplace are inviting and absolutely lovely.