Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Carmel and Monterey, California, United States of America
At a Glance
Beautiful and tranquil setting in California's Carmel Valley yet just a short distance from San Francisco
Perfect for an indulgent stay with a focus on wine, food & wellness
Plenty of opportunities for adventure with hiking and horseback riding available, as well as watersports in nearby Monterey Bay
Sample the region's delicious wines by visiting the local tasting rooms or taking part in the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-sea
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Carmel is an all-year destination if you like fine dining and shopping. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present on the coast mostly in June and July but usually burns off by lunchtime. Carmel valley's slight inland location is outside the fog bank and the area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine.
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Comprising a selection of beautiful guestrooms, villas and suites, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is encircled by 28 acres of organic gardens, orchards and vineyards and offers an exclusive retreat within the Carmel Valley, a short distance from Carmel-by-the-Sea.
When it comes to wine and wellness, Bernardus Lodge & Spa has you covered. A beautiful spa retreat within California's Carmel Valley, Bernardus is surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and picture-perfect orchards and sits just a short distance from the artist community of Carmel-by-the Sea. This is a place to come and unwind, indulging in treatments offered by the spa and engaging in relaxing outdoor pursuits, savouring the delicious farm-to-table cuisine and simply taking the time to enjoy this idyllic spot at a leisurely pace.
A collection of 73 sophisticated rooms, suites and villas sits within the gardens, beautifully decorated with a keen attention to detail and a wonderfully rustic yet contemporary style. All rooms feature a fireplace, private garden or balcony, two-person soaking tub and high-quality linens gracing the plush king-sized beds, along with home comforts to include Nespresso coffee machines, HD TV, air-conditioning and a complimentary wine bar stocked with Bernardus wines.
Sourcing many ingredients from the property's organic gardens, the Lucia Restaurant & Bar serves up a menu of healthy dishes, all presented artfully alongside deliciously blended cocktails and wines from Bernardus' own vineyards.
There are 73 guestrooms, suites and villas at Bernardus Lodge & Spa, each completed with sophisticated detailing and a rustic yet contemporary country feel. Rooms are spacious with vaulted ceilings and all benefit from a range of comforting amenities to make you feel at home to include air-conditioning, HD TVs, complimentary WiFi, bluetooth speakers, artisan tea & Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary wine bar stocked with Bernardus wines, private balcony or patio, fireplace, two-person soaking tub, plush bathrobes and sumptuous king-size beds with high-quality linens and comforters.
Utilising ingredients from the resort's two-acre garden, the spa offers a range of treatments which provide a completely organic experience and can be completely personalized. Not only does Bernardus operate on a farm to treatment policy but the same philosophy applies when it comes to dining, with a number of fresh ingredients also sourced from the resort's organic gardens. The Lucia Restaurant & Bar serves up a menu of hearty and healthy fare, accompanied by delicious cocktails or Bernardus wine in a beautiful setting with your choice of indoor or al fresco seating. Other facilities include a lap-length heated swimming pool, a hillside infinity Jacuzzi, two tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a bocce court.
The Carmel Valley provides access to the famous Monterey Bay where guests can indulge in ocean kayaking, fishing and whale-watching excursions, and for those who prefer to stay on land there are miles of trails for hiking, biking and even roller blading as you soak in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Wine tasting is also a firm favorite in the area, with over 25 tasting rooms nearby and the Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea popular with visitors. Downtown Monterey is well worth exploring with the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf and charming Carmel-by-the-Sea boasts a handful of galleries and one-off boutiques making it perfect for a relaxing stroll.
Ben Peters (Staff)
Nestled in a stunning location in the Carmel valley, The Bernadus really is a hidden gem and a welcome getaway for those exploring Carmel. It is clear the designers were attentive to detail throughout the property with some incredible dcor and gardens, which equally match the elegance in a really beautiful way. We experienced incredible service with staff very accommodating, welcoming and knowledgeable about the area and the history of the hotel. There is also a lovely outdoor deck with fireplace, perfect for an evenings relaxation with a glad of locally sourced wine. The Spa is amazing, the lawns are superb and in general, this was a wonderful experience.
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
The hotel is fresh, modern and classy. The lobby is luxuriously designed with quirky touches, lots of natural lights emphasis here is really on quality and style, and good wine! The hotel produces their own wine which is delicious you get a glass on check in and a bottle in your room. Rooms are bright and sunny all with good views and a high end finish. The views are incredible of the Valley, with lots of greenery, flowers and open spaces. The restaurant is amazing, lots of seafood and twists on classic dishes. There is a huge wine list and cellar great for wine lovers. Not hugely suitable for children, although they are welcome, the resort is much more suited to adults and honeymooners looking for a quiet exclusive stay and some luxury touches. The spa is incredible and uses Moroccan Oil products
Monterey Aquarium - The US #1
Monterey's aquarium is located on the former site of a sardine cannery; much more than a collection of glass tanks, 200 gallons of seawater provide homes to sea life from kid-tolerant starfish to friendly penguins, sea turtles and hammerhead sharks.
Scenic 17-Mile Drive by Pedal-Power
The Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail follows the shoreline above Cannery Row and around the marina. Cycle all the way to the Del Monte Forest and on the bike lane around the 17-mile drive, stop for a picnic or lunch in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea!
Location & directions
Carmel and Monterey, California, United States of America
Bernardus Lodge & Spa is nestled among the oaks and vineyards of scenic Carmel Valley, within the Santa Lucia mountain range.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute direct flight from London to San Francisco, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Bernardus Lodge is a 2-hour drive from San Francisco International Airport. Alternatively, Los Angeles is a 5-hour drive from the Lodge.