TOP 10 Reasons to Stay at Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Set among 28 acres of rolling vineyards, gardens and orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is the definition of rugged luxury, infused with farm-to-table dining, world-class wines, a relaxing spa and sunshine for days. This resort is ideal as a weekend getaway if you live in the Bay Area, or as a day-trip if you’re visiting Carmel. You can find all of the vital details, including a reservations page, on their website, but we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite things about the resort.
1. Location: resort is in a great central location. Not only are the immediate surroundings breathtaking, but from the resort it’s easy to get to Big Sur for a day hike, or Carmel for a round of golf.
2. Room for two. The European, spa-like bathroom suites in each room feature heated floors and soaking tubs large enough for two adults.
3. Complimentary in-room bevvies and snacks. Each room comes stocked with a carafe of purified water, two kinds of wine, soft drinks and snacks, as well as morning coffee and tea.
4. No Detail Spared. Everywhere you look are fresh flowers, cozy, well-designed spaces and little touches that exude comfort and elegance.
5. The resort has its own apiary—enjoy ultra-local honey brought to you by 180,000 Italian bees hard at work in the bountiful and lush gardens.
6. Farm-to-table isn’t a fad here. It’s a way of life. The cuisine is prepared using as many ingredients grown on-site or locally as possible.
7. Every resort is expected to have a restaurant. But not every resort has the Lucia Restaurant & Bar, an innovative showcase of French-inspired cuisine made with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
8. Play time. There’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy during your stay. Take a swim in the heated lap pool overlooking the mountains and the vineyard, or challenge another guest to a game of tennis or bocce.
9. As if wining and dining wasn’t relaxing enough, the resort is also home to a world-class Spa, which offers a wide range of treatments, many featuring the property’s own honey.