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 Lodge & Spa is amazing beautiful setting in Carmel Valley. The service and attendance to detail is the finest in valley. Food at Lucia is amazing . And the views of mountains and vineyard is stunning .
Bernardus Lodge is a very pretty resort. Just twenty minutes from Carmel-By-The-Sea, it feels like an oasis in the countryside. Our enormous opulent suite was surrounded by flower gardens and vineyards filled with songbirds and wild rabbits. It was a treat to sit outside on our very private patio enjoying the view with a glass of wine and the fire table keeping us warm. Although the property has a fairly large number of rooms, it did not feel at all crowded and was pleasantly quiet. A wedding took place the evening we were there but we barely heard a thing.
The hotel entry area is beautifully landscaped and particularly pretty. As our room was not ready when we arrived, we relaxed with (another) glass of wine on the outdoor sofas near the entrance and watched the hummingbirds frequenting the flowerbeds -- so peaceful. My husband loved the sauna, steam bath and pool of the spa. All of the staff we encountered were terrific, and room service was professional and prompt. Our stay exceeded expectations on every level.
From the moment we arrived and were greeted with a class of chilled Sauvignon Blanc to the moment we left, this hotel was amazing - we booked through Amex and had an upgrade on arrival to a beautiful room overlooking the pool, so spacious and the bath with the lavender bath salts was bliss. The in-room snacks and wine were a lovely touch. The gardens were delightful and so peaceful I could have wandered around all day. The spa treatments were just what we needed after a hectic few weeks travelling (aromatherapy and deep tissue) and the spa facilities and staff were superb. Meal in the bar was good and finished off with cocktails in front of the outdoor log fire. Good breakfast too - wish we could have stayed longer!