Nestled in sunny Carmel Valley, California, the Bernardus Lodge and Spa sits on 28 acres in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The property houses a main lodge with nine single- and two-story adobe-style guesthouses showcasing Italian stonework, mosaic tiles, French oak floors, and outdoor fire pits.
The Lodge recently underwent a four-month multi-million-dollar renovation. All 57 guestrooms were updated and now include hand-knotted rugs, glass chandeliers, large limestone fireplaces, plush silver headboards, wrought-iron mirrors, private garden patios, feather beds, and a complimentary Bernardus wine bar and pantry.
The main Lucia Restaurant and Bar was also redesigned and includes a new 2,300-square-foot alfresco heated terrace, a large central fireplace, Italian leather chairs, silver wall sconces, and copper accents. Chef Cal Stamenov’s spring menu includes local oysters, duck rillettes, abalone carbonara, Dungeness crab cakes, foie gras torchon, mushroom risotto, salmon with pancetta, venison, duck cassoulet, and wagyu beef. A four-course tasting menu is also offered for $95.
Breakfast is available and includes chicken hash; bacon, egg, and Gruyère panini; frittata; eggs benedict; pancakes; oatmeal; and huevos rancheros. Brunch is served at the restaurant as well.
The spa also received a face lift and houses two pools and a new hot tub. The spa also offers yoga, hypnotherapy, guided meditation, a tennis program, hikes, massages, wraps, facials, and eucalyptus steam and dry sauna rooms.
More information can be found on the Bernardus Lodge website: www.bernarduslodge.com.