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Bernardus Lodge

Hotel Contact:
415 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, California 93924-0115
United States
Main: 866-434-7724
Email: Email Hotel Sue Dreyer
Director of Sales & Marketing: Sue Dreyer
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.9
Chain Independent
Opened 1999
Renovated 2012
Guest Rooms 57
Kings/Suites/Doubles 53 / 11 / 4
Room Rates High $425-815 Low $245-685
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
Ideal Group Size 45
Max Group Size 150


Resort Fee $20
Room Tax 10.5%
Sales Tax 8.25%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 2,160ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 4,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 9,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Monterey Peninsula Airport
20 min 12 miles (19 km)
San Franscisco International Airport
120 min 120 miles (193 km)
San Jose International Airport
87 min 80 miles (129 km)


24-hour concierge service
full-service catering and conference services staff to assist with audiovisual and other arrangements.
4000 square feet meeting space
award winning culinary program
complimentary wireless in-room
complimentary business center
Meeting space with windows
award winning wine list
complimentary wireless public space
onsite audio visual
5000 square feet of outdoor space
private dining space available


Full service Spa & Salon
Complimentary Warming Pool
Complimentary tennis
Complimentary croquet
Complimentary bocce
Onsite custom wine & culinary education
Lap Pool
Hiking nearby
Complimentary 24-Hour fitness room
Onsite horticulture education
Golf nearby
Wine tasting


Carmel Valley wine tasting and antiques
Carmel-by-the-Sea beaches and boutiques
Carmel Mission Basilica
Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway
Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Cannery Row
17-Mile Drive
Big Sur
Horseback Riding
Onsite Dining: Capacity
California Natural Cuisine
Wickets Bistro
Bistro Classics
Will's Fargo Steakhouse & Saloon

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $42 Cont. $25
Lunch Buffet $48 Plated $45
Dinner Buffet $100 Plated $95
Coffee Break $15
2-Hour Open Bar $32
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Harvest Room 76 7.3 x 10.4 4 816 24 x 34 14 50 60 50 80 30 25 30 0
Magnum Boardroom 27 N/A 3 288 16 x 18 9 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Marinus 88 N/A 5 950 N/A 18 60 60 60 60 30 30 0 0
Meritage Ballroom 201 11 x 18.3 7 2,160 36 x 60 22 120 200 150 200 60 60 60 0
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Property News
Posted October 15, 2013
Wine Spectator's Grand Award recognizes Marinus Restaurant as one of the best in the world for wine lovers for the 12th consecutive time. The award recognizes restaurants with outstanding wine programs featuring top producers, vintages, large-format bottles and wine service. The panel of judges recognized California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne as notable strengths in the Marinus’ wine list.

The 2013 Restaurant Wine List Award winners span all 50 states and 76 other countries and territories, along with 11 cruise ships. This year, 2,870 restaurants earned the program's entry-level Award of Excellence. These winners offer an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant cuisine. In addition, 850 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator’s middle-tier award that honors wine lists of 400 or more quality selections. These award winners must also offer significant vintage depth or superior breadth in one or more major wine regions.

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge has been enjoying high praise since the resort opened in 1999, and has won Wine Spectator magazine’s highly coveted “Grand Award” for its wine cellar since 2001. Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, which premiered in 1981, is the magazine’s highest honor for a wine list. In 1981, only 89 restaurants from 12 countries have earned the Grand Award, an honor bestowed every three years. This year only 73 “Grand Awards” have been awarded. The cellar houses 1,500 different wine labels and a total of more than 25,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from the affiliated Bernardus Winery & Vineyard near the resort.
A full list of the winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which also includes analysis of the current restaurant wine scene and profiles of this year’s new Grand Award winners.
Posted October 15, 2013
CARMEL VALLEY, CA – The exclusive Bernardus Lodge, located in the Carmel Valley, CA, is offering a specifically tailored escape for the most discerning palates with its new “Tour de Forks” Package. The three night package includes deluxe accommodations for up to two adults, as well as a daily sumptuous full breakfast. The culinary adventure includes a triad of tantalizing dinners – one in Bernardus Lodge’s Signature award-wining Marinus Restaurant, another on-site at the relaxing Wickets Bistro and the third at Carmel Valley’s historic Wills Fargo Steakhouse. Cap the evening with an out-of-the-ordinary special Chef’s Selection turndown amenity as an extra treat before setting off to slumber. Taste even more of the Carmel Valley at four local Wine Tasting venues with passes for two to each, toting a tasty five-star Traveler’s Lunch prepared by Chef Cal Stamenov and his team for the trip. Return and rewind with a choice of a 100-minute Spa Treatment from the Spa at Bernardus menu, including a mushroom-infused treatment or series of speciality treatments using the estate-grown lavender.. The package starts at $1,875.00/double, based upon availability and is available through November/2013. Reservations can be made by calling 888-648-9463, or clicking here.

Your getaway starts with complimentary Bernardus estate wine served to each guest upon arrival at the inviting Lodge. Charming guest rooms will await - each with a cozy fireplace, sumptuous feather bed and oversized bathtubs for two. Fresh cut flowers and French doors opening onto a spacious balcony or patio with sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains complete the ambiance. Guests may also opt to take part in a wealth of recreational activities and fine spa services available at the property.

Culinary temptations at Bernardus Lodge abound. At the newly re-tooled Marinus Restaurant, where Cal-Regional Cuisine is created by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, local organic seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats are featured. Menu selections can be complimented with wine selected from the Marinus cellar, offering over 1,575 wine selections and over 28,000 bottles of wine. Recently awarded the Grand Award from Wine Spectator, (only 74 nationwide and only 1 in Monterey County, US), (Strengths of our wine list is California, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagnes.) Wickets Bistro is more informal and perfect for a light meal, outdoor beverage or a lingering lunch or dinner.
The Spa at Bernardus Lodge is a romantic retreat features steam and sauna rooms, a private outdoor tub and terra cotta walls reflecting the Warming Pool’s shimmering blue images that all lend to its award-winning, rustic charm. The Spa nurtures mind, body and spirit with luxurious treatments infused with pure and natural ingredients culled from the ocean, the vineyards and abundant, on-site organic gardens. So whether you seek to relax, renew or reconnect, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers an array of distinctive services from vinotherapy to marine-inspired treatments to international traditions, elevating relaxation to an art form. Enjoy the ultimate sensory experience. Choose from a collection of world-class treatments designed with total relaxation and well-being in mind. Combining contemporary techniques of spa wellness with the purest botanical ingredients, Bernardus’ signature treatments are not to be missed!
Bernardus Lodge is dedicated to marrying the finest epicurean experiences with exceptional hospitality in one of America’s loveliest locales. It features 57 luxurious guest rooms, and also boasts a heated swimming pool and outdoor warming pool, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a vineyard and meeting and banquet space. Bernardus’ range of unique amenities and services include complimentary wine and generously stocked gourmet pantries in-room, fresh fruit, flowers and imported linens. Bernardus Lodge holds a Forbes Four-Star rating in the 2013 and the AAA Four-Diamond Award. Bernardus Lodge demonstrates on a daily basis that environmentally responsible practices are as natural and welcome as feather beds, award-winning cuisine, and a sumptuous spa. Bernardus Lodge—a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—is proof that a hotel can be environmentally-responsible, while it offers its guests luxurious accommodations, the finest services, and an extraordinary location. The Lodge’s many green initiatives include: energy conservation, water conservation, healthy superior indoor air quality, green supplies, locally grown organic food, recycling and waste reduction. Bernardus Lodge is located at 415 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924. Information is available at or for reservations travelers can call 1-888-648-9463.
Posted May 1, 2013
CARMEL VALLEY, CALIF. — May 2013 — Bernardus Lodge is offering a special honeymoon package that’s running now through November for romantic getaways at its Carmel Valley location. Lasting romantic memories can be created for a honeymoon or a weekend getaway in this package, which includes a welcome bottle of champagne, handcrafted chocolates and a bottle of organic massage oil specially created for Bernardus Lodge.
A sedan and driver will be available for transportation from the boutique hotel to anywhere in Monterey County during the stay at Bernardus Lodge. Guests can explore the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, then relax in the sublime Spa at Bernardus Lodge with a 100-minute Vineyard Romance spa treatment designed for couples. Dinner will be served at the Chef's Table at Marinus Restaurant. Guests can watch a special five-course meal being created in front of their eyes and can read inscriptions surrounding them, left by celebrities such as Julia Child, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others.
The next day, guests will be picked up at the doorstep of Bernardus Lodge and will set out on a guided tour of the Carmel Valley for wine tasting at several tasting rooms, including Bernardus Winery. Finally, couples can unwind in the privacy of their own room with a romantic, candle-lit bath. There are 57 homelike rooms available, each with a fireplace, feather bed with Italian linens and an oversize bathtub for two. A complimentary upgrade at time of booking will be provided if available.
Pricing for the honeymoon package ranges from $2,705 to $4,215. Advance booking and deposits are required. The package is based upon availability.

Set on 26 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender, Bernardus Lodge boasts 57 luxurious guestrooms, award-winning dining, the signature Spa at Bernardus Lodge, two swimming pools, an alfresco bocce court and 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Created by Bernardus Pon, owner of Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the luxury resort offers a bespoke escape steeped in European graciousness. A member of Leading Hotels of the World and partner with American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts Program, Bernardus Lodge received the Conde Nast Traveler Johansens 2013 Awards for Excellent for “Most Excellent Lodge,” 2013 AAA Four Diamond Hotel rating and 2013 Forbes Four-Star award for the luxury hotel, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge and Marinus Restaurant. The Lodge is perennially recognized by discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Hotels” and Travel and Leisure’s “World’s Best Hotels,” as well as being a Wine Spectator Grand Award recipient (2001-2012) and voted No. 1 in Andrew Harper’s 2012 Reader Survey of “Top Food & Wine Resorts” worldwide.
Bernardus Lodge is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 miles/193 kilometers south of San Francisco and 330 miles/531 kilometers north of Los Angeles. The Lodge is a 20 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey and a 45 minute drive from scenic Big Sur. For other hotel packages and more information, contact Bernardus Lodge at 1.888.648.9463 or visit
The Best of the Best - Spas of America's Top 50 Spas for 2009
Posted February 4, 2010

The Best of the Best - Spas of America's Top 50 Spas of 2009

California, Arizona, Florida, New York and Hawaii top list of popular spa searches

(New York, New York) January 7, 2010 - The spa travel website, Spas of America, today announced their annual ranking of the Top 50 Spas of 2009, based on consumer traffic on their website. "From the red rocks of southern Utah, to the white sand beaches of Hawaii, this year's list is a unique collection of resort, hotel and destination Spa experiences" says Spas of America president Craig Oliver.

Topping the list for 2009 is the recently re-branded Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in Ivins, Utah. Set amidst the remarkable red rocks of southwestern Utah, the Biggest Loser Resort is categorized as a "destination spa," offering an affordable, comprehensive health and fitness experience focusing on exercise, healthy nutrition and education.

Second place goes to the 100 Fountain Spa at the Pillar and Post set in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Only minutes from Niagara Falls, The 100 Fountain Spa is a year-round destination offering a wide range of cultural, historical and recreational activities.

Rounding out the top three is The Homestead, situated in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Virginia. Built in 1892, the Homestead Spa is one of America's most historic luxury spas, still fed by the original hot springs that have attracted travelers since the 1700s.

The complete list of all 50 spas can be viewed at:

Spas of America's Top 50 Spas of 2009 are ranked by unique page views generated by customers visiting the website throughout the year. Spas of America's audience is very targeted: 70% women; 80% US/Canada; 25-65 years (35-55 core); $75k-$250k HHI; leisure and business travelers; and health, wellness & lifestyle oriented. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Spas of America draws spa travel consumers from Europe, Asia and South America. Over 750 spas are featured on the Spas of America website, and the Top 50 Spas of 2009 represents the top 7%.

The most popular searched regions in 2009 were California, Arizona, Florida, New York and Hawaii in the United States; and in Canada: Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. The most popular spa experiences were: Destination, Beach, Mineral, Desert, City, Ocean, Country and Wine.

About Spas of America

Launched in 2005, Spas of America is the largest spa travel website, showcasing over 700 of the best resort, hotel and destination spas around the world. Spas of America supports the growth of Spa & Wellness travel by providing consumers with a beautiful, clean, easy-to-use online experience. The website empowers customers to search for spas by map, name, keyword, experience or geographic region. Find Spas of America online at [url][/url] and follow on Twitter at [url][/url].
Bernardus Lodge, The Spa At Bernardus Lodge And Marinus Restaurant Is Awarded A 2010 Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Rating
Posted February 3, 2010
Carmel Valley, January 2010- BERNARDUS LODGE, THE SPA AT BERNARDUS LODGE and MARINUS RESTAURANT were honored with a 2010 Forbes Four Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil, in the first awards since the brand transfer from Mobil to Forbes was announced this fall. The list has defined the industry's highest standard for excellence in hospitality for over 50 years. As the originators of the prestigious star rating system, Forbes Travel Guide provides one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems of hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. Bernardus Lodge's review by Forbes Travel Guide's incognito experts can be found online at [url][/url].

"We are elated to be recognized with a Forbes Four Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide. Each day, we are dedicated to providing our guests with exceptional service and luxurious amenities throughout the resort," said Michael Oprish, General Manager of Bernardus Lodge.

"We're thrilled to have our brand join Forbes. The 2010 edition is the first under the Forbes Travel Guide banner and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with Forbes," said Shane O'Flaherty, President and CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, who noted that while the hospitality industry has been challenged this year, it has risen to the occasion. "With an unprecedented downturn in the economy this year, properties have taken steps to refine their processes to become more efficient. Yet, it is important to note that the employees of these same properties have remained as engaged and passionate as ever about providing the best guest experience that they can."

Forbes Travel Guide's ratings process is based on more than 750 standardized criteria for hotels, making it the most rigorous and comprehensive in the industry. The process begins with a facility inspection that considers every aspect of the property, including its overall cleanliness, condition and location. To achieve Forbes Travel Guide Four and Five Star status, properties must meet or exceed the bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation by Forbes Travel Guide's expert inspectors.


Bernardus Lodge offers 57 luxurious guestrooms in nine adobe-village style buildings along a terraced hillside. It sits in one of America's most scenic destinations: Carmel Valley, the sunny side of Carmel. Inspired by Bernardus Pon, creator of the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the Lodge combines exceptional epicurean experiences, presided over by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, with gracious hospitality. The Lodge is 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. It is a 20-minute drive from the Monterey Peninsula and its wealth of attractions. For reservations and information, please contact Bernardus Lodge, 415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924; phone 1-888-648-9463; or visit its website at [url][/url].


Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobile Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobile Star ratings and certifications, has provided the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. In October 2009, Mobil Travel Guide announced a strategic partnership with Forbes Media LLC. This exclusive licensing agreement between two industry leaders with more than 140 years of combined experience transfers the hospitality industry's premier star rating and travel guide brand from ExxonMobil to Forbes. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective Proprietary standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions.


Cal Stamenov, Chef & Culinary Director at Bernardus Lodge
Posted May 22, 2009
Cal Stamenov has created an innovative culinary concept for Bernardus Lodge featuring California natural cuisine in the main dining room, Marinus at Bernardus Lodge. Wickets the bar and bistro, features bistro-style cuisine in a light and casual setting. Marinus has been honored with the Mobil four-star award for the past four years, and was also presented with Wine Spectator's highly coveted Grand Award since 2001.

Upon graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Stamenov began his career in 1982 at New York's famed Four Seasons restaurant. He is steeped in the European tradition of culinary artistry and has spent years in the most demanding kitchens of the world's most renowned chefs. His stellar credits include working with Alain Ducasse of the three-star Michelin restaurant, Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris, Monaco; Pierre Gagnaire in St. Etienne, France; Masa Koboiashi at Masa's Restaurant in San Francisco; Jean-Louis Palladin at Restaurant Jean-Louis in Washington D.C.; and Michel Richard at Citrus Restaurant. Stamenov worked as Executive Chef for the Highlands Inn in Carmel, and served as Chef de Cuisine of the highly regarded Domaine Chandon Restaurant in Napa Valley.

Marinus at Bernardus Lodge is a four-star restaurant that resembles an Old World wine country estate and is graced by a dramatic 12-foot wide European fireplace with a raised hearth, offering spectacular views of the garden, majestic pines and the nearby Santa Lucia mountain range. An inviting outdoor terrace and fireplace offers guests a relaxed and scenic setting. Stamenov has also created a series of unique cooking classes and food and wine weekend getaways offering guests the opportunity to experience and savor imaginative food accompanied by a selection of Bernardus wines. Participants learn to prepare traditional dishes and seasonal specialties unique to the restaurant and the area.

Cal's philosophy and style of cooking, is built on three central pillars: the relationship between food and terroir, the superiority of handcrafted, artisanal products over mass-produced, and the common sense of glorifying food when its flavor is at its peak. The Central Coast provides him with access to an inspiring range of ingredients whose essence and flavor is appreciable in every bite. These come to him by way of the relationships he has forged with growers, fisherman and foragers. He also has his own organic herb and vegetable gardens, and vineyards at Bernardus Lodge. With a treasure trove of impeccable products, Stamenov is able to cook with the seasons and rarely has to look further than his own backyard for inspiration.
Bernardus Lodge Leads the Way to Green
Posted November 14, 2008
May 15, 2008 - Nestled in Californias beautiful Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge demonstrates on a daily basis that environmentally responsible practices are as natural and welcome as feather beds, award-winning cuisine, and a sumptuous spa. Bernardus Lodge, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is proof that a hotel can be environmentally responsible, while it offers its guests luxurious accommodations, the finest services and an extraordinary location.

The Lodges many green initiatives include:

Energy Conservation

As more guests are concerned about the nations dependence on foreign oil and the impact of global climate change, Bernardus Lodge actively reduces its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions with basic design strategies, like triple insulation in its walls and ceilings, technology choices like energy-conserving compact fluorescent and T-8 fluorescent lights throughout the property, and state-of-the-art building systems, including highly efficient heat pumps for guestroom heating and air conditioning systems, hot water re-circulation pumps, and even photo cells for the exterior lighting system. By installing electric starters on in-room fireplaces and changing our room preparation procedures, the Lodge reduced natural gas consumption between 2005 and 2007 by 15%.

Water Conservation

As drought continues to plague California and the western United States, Bernardus Lodge has significantly reduced its potable water consumption with features like low flow showerheads and toilets. An on-site wastewater treatment plant supplies water for the landscape irrigation, a feature emulated at many fine golf courses in the region. Between 2006 and 2008, Bernardus Lodge reduced its water consumption by 20%, or approximately 1.2 million gallons.

Healthy Superior Indoor Air Quality

Natural ventilation, efficient and filtered HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems, all non-smoking guestrooms and public areas, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and stains used throughout the Lodge, and non-toxic cleaning supplies assure guests and staff of a healthy indoor environment.

Green Supplies

The products Bernardus Lodge uses"and chooses not to use"reduces its consumption of natural resources, provides a healthier indoor environment, supports local and environmentally-responsible vendors, and reduces the Lodges contribution to landfills. Some of these supplies include:

*Organic and sustainable food products and packaging.
*Organic and sustainable spa products and packaging.
*Organic and sustainable guestroom bath amenities.
*Soy-based ink on letterhead and printed materials.
*Non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products.
*Bernardus Lodge does not purchase Styrofoam or any product that comes in Styrofoam packaging which will not degrade in landfills for many centuries.

Locally Grown Organic Food

Our restaurants use local ingredients and nearby, naturally raised meats, and organic produce, including produce grown in our own kitchen gardens. Bernardus Lodge buys locally grown produce to support the local economy, to give its guests the freshest ingredients, and to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint. Foods that are shipped from hundreds of miles away are delivered by trucks which run on fossil fuels and generate significant carbon dioxide emissions.

Recycling and Waste Reduction

To reduce our consumption of the Earths precious natural resources and to lessen the amount of waste that we send to landfills, Bernardus Lodge has instituted several policies, including:

*We recycle paper, glass, plastic, batteries, and electronic waste such as old phones, stereos and computer components.
*We are placing recycling bins in each guestroom.
*Our Anti Junk Mail Initiative reduces paper waste by removing Bernardus Lodge from dozens of mailing lists.
*We return packaging to our vendors for re-use.
*We have on-site composting of kitchen waste. The fertilizer is then used on our gardens and landscaping.
*We recycle yard waste"leaves, grass clippings, etc."into mulch for use throughout our grounds.

About Bernardus Lodge

Bernardus Lodge offers 57 luxurious guestrooms in nine adobe-village style buildings along a terraced hillside. It sits in one of Americas most scenic destinations: Carmel Valley, the sunny side of Carmel. Inspired by Bernardus Pon, creator of the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the lodge combines exceptional epicurean experiences, presided over by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, with gracious hospitality. The Lodge is 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. It is a 20-minute drive from the Monterey Peninsula and its wealth of attractions.