415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA, USA
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The location alone would be enough to make Bernardus Lodge an attractive resort getaway. Tucked into the pines and oaks of Carmel Valley, the Lodge is remote enough to provide a measure of seclusion, yet still just minutes from the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and a short (and scenic) drive from Big Sur.
Location, though, is not all the Lodge has going for it. The hotel is affiliated with the Bernardus winery and vineyard, and is a gourmet's dream, with a first-class restaurant and one of the region's top chefs. The cuisine is California regional; the materials are local game and organic produce, much grown on the resort grounds. The wine list, naturally, is extensive due to the hotel's wine cellar housing more than 25,000 bottles of wine with 1500 labels. And the setting is spectacular, with panoramic views from the outdoor terrace.
Though the food and wine are reason enough for many to visit, there are other attractions. Tennis, croquet, and bocce are among the physical activities, and the spa offers splendid inactivity within 5300 square feet housing 7 treatment rooms, with a number of unique treatments, many also served outdoors in the cool and fragrant Pacific breeze.
There are only 57 rooms at Bernardus Lodge, and the level of service is excellent, making the whole affair seem even smaller and more exclusive than it already is. The rooms are attractive enough, but comfort is paramount — the bedding alone may be worth the stay, and between the massive tubs and limestone fireplaces, you may find you don't get outside very often.
Of course this is not a tragedy — this is that sort of place, a destination unto itself. There is sailing, sightseeing, and shopping to be had in Carmel, and a scenic 17-mile drive to be driven. Even the Monterey Aquarium is nearby. But the whole point of a resort like Bernardus is that you don't have to leave if you don't want to — for many of us, eating, drinking, and sleeping are the only ingredients necessary for a relaxing holiday.
How to get there:
Bernardus Lodge is approximately a 2 hour drive from San Francisco International Airport and a 20 minute drive from the regional Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY).
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- One complimentary glass of champagne or one cocktail, per guest, upon arrival
- Guaranteed 11am check-in
- Bottle of champagne or wine in room
- A $50 credit per stay to be applied to incidentals incurred during stay at hotel
- 57 Rooms
- Style: Contemporary Classic
- Atmosphere: Secluded
- 31 Guest Reviews
- Bernardus Lodge
- 415 West Carmel Valley Road
- Carmel Valley, CA, USA
Hotel amenities and services
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour medical assistance
- Babysitting (on request)
- Beauty salon
- Business center
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Multi-lingual staff
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Room service
- Shopping area nearby
- Steam rooms
- Wake-up service