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
It works for families too! But the atmosphere at Bernardus is very relaxing and perfect for a getaway. We started at Carmel valley ranch and forfeited the cost of our last night there so we could stay at Bernardus. I should have booked it in the first place! The bocce ball and croquet is relaxing. The drinks at the bar are delicious. And the Lucia restaurant is excellent. The hotel staff are very friendly and high service. You get some snacks and wine in your room on arrival. The setting against the mountains is beautiful. You can also get a good number of tasting passes for the village. Nearby, the Garland Ranch Park hiking is beautiful. I can’t say enough about how nice the lodge is. Definitely recommend this location and regret that we did not book it for our whole trip.
The property is gorgeous - a nice mix of modern furnishings in a woodsy setting. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. During our stay, the weather was damp, so rather than venturing out, we ate in the dining room for breakfast & dinner all 3 days. The food is amazing, with very good service.
We anticipated a lovely 2 night retreat for a Thanksgiving holiday. We are 2 adults with 2- 10 yr old boys, and a boy and girl who are 17. Sometimes it’s a challenge to find a place that all will enjoy. This boutique resort exceeded our expectations and was a place for everyone.
The entire facility is EXTREMELY clean and well maintained. The staff treats you as if you are their most important, if not their only guest. The food is exquisite— ‘simple’ things cooked perfectly and with subtle interest. I distain Thanksgiving turkey— their’s was truly delicious. Fresh seafood on the buffet as well.
Perfection is not inexpensive; but if you need the treat quiet, easy family time (and hate cooking Thanksgiving dinner!) this is the place to land. ( and Carmel galleries and the Laguna Seca raceway are minutes away.). I have already booked our stay for next Thanksgiving, increasing our stay to 3 nights, so I am not concerned this review will limit our ability to visit next year.
Founded by Mr. Pons whose father introduced the VW bug to America. This retreat is one of a kind, Nothing in Carmel Valley can match it. Spa is delightful. Dining is 5 stars. Owned by a group of 5 star properties who know how to take care of customers from head to toe.
Nestled in the hills just off Carmel Valley Road you will be delighted by the sunny weather. The only consistently sunny spot on the Monterey Peninsula.
My wife and had a perfect 3 night stay at Bernardus - the resort is stunning, with stylish decor throughout.
Aside from pretty poor service at the front desk, we really cannot fault the resort - well proportioned rooms, great food and simply amazing attention to detail.
If you love cars then I highly recommend utilising the free Mercedes cars that you can take for a spin for up to 4 hours a time - we tried them all !!!