Garrick Ramirez

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

with Garrick Ramirez www.garrickramirez.com
  • Where:Carmel Valley

  • Why:Exploring Carmel's wine country.

  • When:May 2015

  • Who:Me

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Highs & Lows

  • Amenities rule here: spa facilities are open to all guests and the free mini bar is like having a corner of Whole Foods to yourself.

  • Guests are encouraged to take a shiny new Mercedes coupe or SUV out for the day.

  • Diners can reserve the chef’s table, a cozy booth inside the kitchen with a back wall signed by everyone from Julia Child to Leonardo diCaprio.

  • A large outdoor fireplace set with adirondack chairs is perfect for cool, California evenings.

  • Fill up early: the kitchen and room service shut by 10pm.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Resort

  • Vibe

    Rustic, wine country chic.

  • Location

    Property is tucked away in a quiet countryside, but it's only 20 minutes from the popular coastal towns of Carmel & Monterey. The valley's wine tasting rooms are even closer.

  • Rooms

    57

  • Music

    Unobtrusive enough to not notice.

  • Year Opened

    Originally opened in 1999 and completely remodeled in spring 2015.

  • Designed By

    ARYA Group, Inc.

  • Pool/Gym

    A large pool is ringed by loungers, open cabanas, hot tub and bar with food and drink service. Gym is petite but modern and stocked with towels and water.

  • Restaurant

    Bernardus is food and wine focused. Lucia -- named for the resort's location in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation -- is an all-day restaurant with a locally-focused menu of refined yet unfussy CA cuisine (the brick-oven pizzas are killer). The longtime chef is well-regarded in the area.

  • Bar

    Yes, the handsome space is great for a pre or post-dinner drink.

  • Minibar

    Complimentary mini bar includes a giddy amount of craft beer, local wine, French sodas, goat cheese, and other nibbles.

  • Wifi

    Free WiFi.

  • Children

    It’s mostly adults, but you’ll see a few families too.

  • Price

    What you’d expect for a high-end resort: $500+

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Stroll a nearby village filled with tasting rooms.

Wine Tasting

3344 Paul Davis Dr # 6, Marina, CA 93933

Stroll a nearby village filled with tasting rooms.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

415 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

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