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)
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
We spent Christmas even and Christmas Day at Bernardus Lodge. We chose this hotel because it was dog friendly, primarily, but also because of the proximity to Carmel-by-the-sea. Our room was super cozy with a lovely fireplace and great view of the hotel "green." Everything was super comfortable and clean, and the free snacks and drinks were a nice touch.
What a gem! Small, intimate, hidden away behind a vineyard, the grounds of this place are lovely! The rooms are SPECTACULAR with heated marble floors, big bathrooms, fireplaces, large balcony, bluetooth speakers and a stocked fridge - the house Sav Blanc is awesome!
My wife loved the spa, and the steam room / sauna / pools are open to everyone even without an appointment. In-house restaurant is good, and be sure to take them up on their Mercedes Benz fleet - nothing beats a drive down the PCH in a brand new Merc! We will definitely be back!!
Bernardus should write the book on luxury accommodations. This beautiful resort hidden in the hills of Carmel Valley is the ultimate retreat after a long day. The room is spacious and thoughtfully designed. The bathroom is luxurious with a bathtub you could practically take a lap around. Even with neighbors on both sides, the rooms are calm and quiet. My only complaint is I wish I had more time to enjoy and explore the grounds.
Stayed here with my wife on our honeymoon. The property is incredible.
The suites are huge and very impressive. The hotel offers some excellent personal touches - a fully stocked bar with top quality wine and snacks.
We had a great meal in the restaurant and after dinner drinks in the bar.
Treatments at the spa were very good.
Can’t think of anything this property can improve on! It is perfect!
We came in January and it was quiet and slow, which was great. Loved our room, great bathroom, lots of space, setting great and close enough to Carmel by the Sea but not too close, service great, excellent restaurant, all very friendly. We opted for a luxury room with space and a view, and I would do the same again. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!