There's nothing like a drive into the country side....especially if your destination is Bernardus Lodge & Spa.
Discovering luxury boutiques in quiet towns filled with great wine is equal to stumbling on a gold mine... at least in my book.
Approximately 30 minutes outside the beautiful tourist destination of Carmel-By-The-Sea, you'll find a charming little town, Carmel Valley.
At first, it feels a little on the rustic side, but a bit of exploring and you'll learn that this is actually a mecca for anyone looking for a relaxing getaway. The town definitely has some delightful spaces to spend time, including Carmel Valley Ranch, Quail Lodge & Golf Club-both of which are fab in their own rights (stay tuned for more on both!), but something about Bernardus struck me as the perfect staycation location for those of us that appreciate the finer details and understated nods to true luxury.
Exquisitely designed, from the moment you walk up the steps into the lobby, you know you're somewhere really special. Then, you're greeted with wine made from the grapes in their own vineyard - and you just know this is a place you can stay awhile.
Stunningly comfortable rooms range from premium rooms to villas with patios, private sundecks and outdoor showers. The food is delightful and the wine....it just finishes off everything with well-balanced and refreshing flavor.
This is more than a lodge, it's a lifestyle experience nestled into the mountains complete with its own vineyard, bocce court, spa, pool and even an infinity hot tub for watching the sunset before you head off to the bedroom of your dreams. It's the perfect space to easily getaway and get back in touch with nature-without sacrificing even one sliver of the essentials necessary for truly relaxing experience.
Bonus: It's also a dreamy place to plan a wedding or celebration. Your guests can stay onsite, have easy access to the cute town of Carmel Valley, treat themselves to a spa day or even hike the beautiful surrounding hills. Their ceremony spaces are a total dream come true and the reception spaces are the perfect backdrop for any event style.
Take a click through the photos, you won't regret it.