Capping this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award for Bernardus Lodge & Spa and chef Cal Stamenov’s signature dining venue – Lucia Restaurant & Bar- Carmel Valley’s esteemed hideaway for epicures on escape has again raised the hospitality bar with the Forbes 2019 World’s Best Rooms Award, one of 41 hotel properties in 17 countries and just six on the West Coast. Nearly 1700 worldwide hotels were included in the review process. www.bernarduslodge.com.
Achieving perfect scores on guestroom and bathroom standards related to luxury, guest comfort and convenience, this award underscores Bernardus’ mantra on superseding guest expectations with meticulous attention to design, ergonomics and elegance. “This is an incredible honor, one that speaks to our philosophy and passion as well as recognizing our hardworking staff,” according to Sean Damery, vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa.
Opened in 1999 and celebrating its platinum anniversary, the 73-room vine-swept lodge has long set the standard for luxury lodging on California’s Central Coast. Tucked on 28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & 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 vaulted ceilings, double-sided fireplaces, private patios and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views as well as a complimentary wine bar and butler’s pantry. Standout elements include Suite and Villa accommodations featuring alfresco showers and fire pits, hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs and rain showers. Two pools, an adult-only infinity Jacuzzi, tennis, apiary program, croquet and bocce courts and the sleek 5,300 sq. ft., Spa at Bernardus round out the property.