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
This is a lot to love about this hotel. The interiors, pool area, gardens and views are all exceptional. Rooms are nice; a little dark but well appointed and large. We came twice over two weekends because we enjoyed our first stay so much. For this to get 5 stars, they need to focus on the service, mainly in the restaurants. Hard to get attention, forgotten orders, lack of checking in, some rudeness and long waits for food without any updates let the experience down. With more focus on staff training in the restaurants this could be a 10/10 experience.
What a special place Bernardus is from the welcome email you will receive several days prior to your arrival asking you of any special requirements you have to the greeting on the driveway from Liam or Michael. The greeting is warm and genuine at reception topped off by a complimentary glass of wine whilst you check in. We needed 2 rooms, one with a King bed the other with 2 queen beds. The King room was by the infinity jacuzzi for over 18’s, it was spacious and very well appointed. The bathroom was lovely with an oversized bath, separate shower, duel sinks and a separate toilet.
The double queen room had a magnificent bathroom that included and outdoor shower as well. The patio area featured a fire pit and outdoor seating. Both had great fireplaces as well.
The highlight of the property though is the sheer beauty, not just because of the outstanding landscape of the Carmel Valley. The gardens at Bernardus are as good as any that we have seen, the lavender and the natural grasses and wonderful Kangaroo Paw make for incredible photos.
The pool is great with service to your chair and not at all crowded. There is a crochet, bocci and putting green in the centre of the grounds as well.
This is a location you truly will not want to leave, we will return.
Congratulations to the team at Bernardus on a sensational resort.
The hamburgers are to die for and I had salad instead of fries divine
The service was funky but we were there a lovely private table and the food was sooooi good who cares if he gave us one lunch one dinner menu after scrutinizing then for 5 min before he seated us maybe a language problem we were happy lovely atmosphere
Our family of four stayed in a beautiful suite at Bernardus. It was perfect for us. The suite had a beautiful deck, sitting room, 1 1/2 baths, sitting area and more. Our first night we had a big birthday cake delivered and the waiter offered to keep the rest of the cake in the kitchen for us. He told us to call room service any time we wanted the cake. We enjoyed it throughout our stay. The food and spa were amazing! We hiked, sat by the pool and enjoyed the Big Sur coastline. It was one of our best family trips!
Staff were incredibly helpful and flexible at the lodge. The room was stocked with snacks and beverages. The chocolates are delicious! We enjoyed the big soaking tub and wandering the grounds. There was a wedding reception going on Saturday which added some fun ambiance. The property is well laid out to provide for lively family atmosphere and also privacy and an adults only jacuzzi