|CARMEL VALLEY, CALIF.,
– Hospitality hits a high note in Carmel Valley as Bernardus Lodge & Spa retains its elite ranking in the 2019 Forbes Travel Guide awards. On the podium with four stars is the 73-room vine-swept lodge, long known as a hideaway for epicures on
escape; Lucia Restaurant & Bar, the property’s signature dining venue under the helm of Chef Cal Stamenov, once again steps up with four Forbes stars.
Opened in 1999 and celebrating its platinum anniversary, Bernardus Lodge & Spa has long set the standard for luxury lodging on California’s Central Coast. In good company, Forbes rated nearly 1,700 California properties yet only 11 hotels were granted dual Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star awards for 2019. www.bernarduslodge.com
Set on 28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge &n Spa speaks to today’s experiential traveler with a showcase of guest accoutrements including spacious 525 sq., ft., to 2100 sq., ft., lifestyle accommodations, many featuring alfresco showers and fire pits, hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs, rain showers, vaulted ceilings, double-sided fireplaces, private patios and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views, as well as optional butler services. Two pools, an adult-only infinity Jacuzzi, tennis, apiary program, croquet and bocce courts and the sleek 5,300 sq. ft., Spa at Bernardus Lodge round out the property.
Named after the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains which provide the dramatic backdrop to the alfresco dining terrace, Lucia Restaurant & Bar is set in contemporary tones with expansive views and interiors featuring rich white Italian leather paired with rustic treatments crafted in marble, oxidized copper, teak and reclaimed wood. French wooden floors, chandeliers and stunning exterior fireplaces grace the mixed-use table layout with a focal point fireplace styled from Bagattini Oregon stone marking the main entrance.
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ABOUT BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA
Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s
“World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s
“Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectator
award recipient (2001-2018), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing. Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space. Woodside Hotel Group (www.woodsidehotelgroup.com
), an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property, which is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 mi./193 km, south of San Francisco and 330 mi./531 km., north of Los Angeles. For information, contact Bernardus Lodge & Spa at 831-658-3400 or visit www.bernarduslodge.com