Nestled in the heart of sunny Carmel Valley with the Santa Lucia Mountains as a picturesque backdrop, Bernardus Lodge opened in August 1999 as a romantic retreat for couples seeking a relaxing getaway in one of California’s finest wine growing regions. Founded by winemaker and bon-vivant Bernardus Pon, the resort resembles a classic European country inn featuring 57 suites, a luxurious spa, an award-winning signature restaurant, a wedding pavilion, private event space and its own Bernardus Winery and Vineyard.
“The Lodge is a natural extension of the Bernardus wine experience and Mr. Pon’s dream of a resort that combines the simple elegance of fine country living with the high quality of service and luxury amenities found only in the choicest European hotels,” said Mike Oprish, Managing Director of Bernardus Lodge.
The romantic ambiance of the Lodge’s sumptuous guestrooms makes room service a popular choice for guests as well. Poolside dining is also available. Special holiday feasts, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, are offered at both dining venues. Chef Stamenov has also created a series of inspired cooking classes, food and wine seminars and weekend culinary getaways that combine the beauty and bounty of the region.
Upon arrival to Bernardus Lodge, guests are greeted with a glass of wine and invited to relax in a double “parlor” furnished with comfortable spring and down-filled sofas and chairs. In place of a traditional counter and check-in routine, a concierge reviews schedules and itineraries while escorting guests on a tour of the property. The main lodge resembles a French country home, decorated with warm, earthy tones including terra cotta, bittersweet chocolate, ochre and celadon. Hand-plastered walls glazed in rich ochre, rustic heavy-beams, antique wrought iron and copper chandeliers, and limestone fireplaces are informal and inviting.
The resort’s luxurious suites are situated in nine, single and two-story adobe village-style buildings ranging in size from 525 to 1875 square feet nestled along a terraced hillside. Stone wood-burning fireplaces serve as the focal point of the sumptuous deluxe king and junior king suites, designed with vaulted beamed ceilings and built-in wine grottos with a different tasting of wine and cheese on the first night at turndown; complimentary in-room wine and gourmet snack pantries; and fresh flowers. Arched windows and French doors open onto spacious private decks with spectacular mountain vistas.
Special design touches and amenities include antique English armoires with aviary wire doors for clothing; king beds with high wood headboards, feather beds; down comforters with matelassé coverlets and Italian linens; comfortable furnishings in aesthetically pleasing rich wood finishes; and spacious bathrooms with large, two-person tubs, separate showers, and double vanities.
Standard amenities in each guestroom include remote cable television, CD player, coffee maker, tea service, plush robe and slippers, hair dryer and in-room safe. The overall effect provides an ambiance in which guests can relax in both luxury and comfort.
Between the buildings, richly landscaped gardens and courtyards accented with outdoor fireplaces, fountains and stone benches create intimate spaces.
The Lodge is 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. Bernardus Lodge is easily accessible by air. It is a 20-minute drive from the Monterey Peninsula and its wealth of attractions. The property is one and a half-hour drive from the San Jose Airport. Carmel-by-the-Sea is just 15 minutes away.
Many of the Monterey Peninsula’s most well-known attractions and landmarks are close to the resort. These include Carmel Valley Village, known for its wine tasting and antiques; Carmel-by-the-Sea, for its beaches, art galleries and boutiques; Carmel Mission Basilica, established in 1770 by Father Junipero Sera and still in use today; Point Lobos State Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary two miles south of Carmel; the Monterey Bay Aquarium, considered one of the finest in the world; Cannery Row, the subject of the classic John Steinbeck novel; 17-Mile Drive, a winding road with spectacular coastline views; the Lone Cypress, the most photographed tree in the world; and Big Sur, the dramatic coastline 23 miles south of Carmel.
Bernardus Lodge offers 57 luxurious guestrooms in nine adobe-village style buildings along a terraced hillside. It sits in one of America’s most scenic destinations: Carmel Valley, the sunny side of Carmel. Inspired by Bernardus Pon, creator of the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the Lodge combines exceptional Epicurean experiences, presided over by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, with gracious hospitality.
A FOOD LOVER'S PARADISE AT BERNARDUS LODGE
At Bernardus Lodge, guests can enjoy Chef Cal Stamenov’s California Natural Cuisine in two unique dinning rooms on property; Marinus Restaurant and Wickets Bistro. These venues offer the best of Carmel Valley wine country living from the lush mountain views, extensive wine selections and distinctive ingredients.
Chef Cal’s California Natural Cuisine is built on three central pillars: the relationship between food and terroir, the superiority of handcrafted, artisanal products over mass-produced, and the common sense of glorifying food when its flavor is at its peak. The Central Coast provides him the access to an inspiring range of ingredients whose terroir is appreciable in every bite. These come to him by way of the relationships he has forged with the local growers, fisherman and foragers. With a treasure trove of impeccable products, Chef Cal is able to cook with the seasons and rarely has to look further than his own backyard for inspiration.
Marinus at Bernardus Lodge
Marinus’ old world charm can be enjoyed either indoors or al fresco. Spectacular garden and mountain views embellish cocktail hour on the outdoor terrace in the summer months, while the restaurant’s striking 12-foot-wide stone fireplace warms guests indoors in cooler weather.
In addition to the dining room, the Wine Cellar provides a private space, where parties of up to 8, can indulge in personalized tasting menus amongst the extensive 35,000 bottle collection. Guests can also dine at the Chef’s Table, a unique venue located in the heart of the kitchen where the energy, split second timing, and creative artistry becomes a theatre to watch and enjoy.
Marinus’ signature dishes include Monterey Bay Red Abalone prepared with a tonka bean crust, white asparagus, candy cap mushroom, and bergamot mousseline; Bacon & Egg with soft poached duck egg, duck prosciutto, and black truffle; and Meyer Lemon with poached meringue, lemon cream cannoli, pistachio, meyer lemon sorbet.
Marinus at Bernardus Lodge has been enjoying high praise since the resort opened in 1999, and has won Wine Spectator magazine’s highly coveted “Grand Award” for its wine cellar since 2001. Since 1981, only 89 restaurants from 12 countries have earned the Grand Award, an honor bestowed every three years. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 35,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from the affiliated Bernardus Winery & Vineyard near the resort. Since 2001, the Zagat Survey has noted Marinus as one of the Top Restaurants and Most Romantic places south of San Francisco.
Marinus is open daily for dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jackets are not required.
Wickets Bistro offers more casual fare and provides outdoor seating to make the most of the mild Carmel Valley climate. Al fresco dining takes place under a trellis that looks out on the resort’s manicured croquet lawn & bocce court. The adjacent stone fireplace creates a stunning ambiance, perfect for an evening nightcap, light meal, libations or late night fare. The dining room is accentuated by photographs and mementos of Lodge creator, Holland native, Bernardus Pon’s Olympic and racecar driving feats.
The all day menu allows guests to enjoy such savory bistro classics as House Smoked Salmon Salad with butter lettuce, avocado and crème fraîche; Steak Tartare with garden greens and pommes frites; and Duck Burger with California foie gras and current mustard. Chef Cal Stamenov draws inspiration from the local organic farms and fresh catches from the Monterey coastline when creating each day’s seasonal menu additions and chef’s 3-course prix-fixe menus.
Wickets Bistro offers an international wine list focused around Chef Cal’s bistro cuisine with a bold selection of half bottles, over 20 wines by the glass and wine flights from Bernardus Winery. The cocktail list fuses traditional and modern favorites and is dictated by the seasonality of the local organic fruit and herbs from the Chefs Garden. The cocktail list is unique in ingredients and in character for example; The Wellbeing Martini, made with Domaine Charbay Green Tea Vodka, Zen Green Tea Liquor, Meyer Lemon and Lemon Verbena leaves and the Satsuma Cosmo made with Skyy 90, Patron Citronage, cranberry juice and fresh satsuma mandarin.
Wickets Bistro is open daily for breakfast, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and offers an all day dinning menu and Chef’s 3-course prix-fix menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The full bar is available in the lobby lounge which features a live classical pianist on selected evenings.
Guests will quickly discover why the resort’s signature restaurant, Marinus, was voted Zagat’s “One of the Top Bay Area Restaurant” since 2001. The restaurant features California-natural cuisine, created by celebrated Chef Cal Stamenov, featuring local, organic, seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats. Stamenov’s cooking style lets the foods’ natural flavors take center stage, with hand selected produce and herbs from his own organic two-acre garden.
Wines from the resort’s own Bernardus Winery and their extensive cellar compliment each course. Marinus received Wine Spectator magazine’s highly coveted “Grand Award” for its wine cellar in 2001, an honor granted every three years. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 35,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from the acclaimed Bernardus Winery & Vineyard.
While dining at Marinus, guests can enjoy magnificent garden and mountain views. Continuing in its European design, the focal point of the restaurant is a stunning, 12-foot-wide European fireplace with a raised hearth. French doors lead onto a terrace and a central Bacchus table, made of rustic timbers as the serving table for the wines.
For guests seeking a more casual atmosphere, the resort also offers Wickets Bistro, a cozy venue perfect for a casual meal or beverage. Guests can dine indoors, where memorabilia from Holland native Pon’s racecar driving and Olympic feats are on display, or outdoors under an expansive trellis overlooking the resorts croquet lawn.
Distinctive Meeting, Banquet and Wedding Facilities and Services
Bernardus Lodge can accommodate groups of 10 to 200 for retreats, meetings and special events with more than 4,000 square feet of indoor flexible meeting and banquet space and 5,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped outdoor space. Each of the resort’s four function rooms is distinctive and offers diverse layouts and meeting facilities. The 2,160-square-foot Meritage Ballroom can seat up to 150 and is perfect for weddings and banquets. Harvest Room can seat up to 50 people and includes a demonstration kitchen ideal for culinary and viticultural education or an exhibition dinner and wine tasting. The 450-square-foot Semillon Suite attaches to two deluxe guest rooms and seats up to 14 people, including a professional kitchen, flat screen television, and outdoor terrace, perfect for board meetings or as a hospitality area. Magnum Boardroom is a 288-square-foot venue, with a round walnut table and plush chairs, ideal for a formal meeting or dinner for up to 12 people.
Group dining options include Marinus and the off-site Wills Fargo Dining House & Saloon, located in nearby Carmel Valley Village, also operated by the resort.
For wedding ceremonies and outdoor cocktail receptions, Bernardus Lodge offers a two-acre landscaped garden setting. The Meritage Ballroom is an ideal space for more formal wedding banquets with seating for up to 150 guests. A maximum of one wedding is held at the resort per day. Offsite catering and a professional catering consultant are available for private parties and dinner.
The Spa at Bernardus Lodge: A Romantic Retreat
The Spa at Bernardus Lodge is a romantic retreat nestled in the idyllic Carmel Valley, amongst sprawling oaks and sun-dappled vineyards. Scents of lavender, rosemary and lemongrass, sounds of bubbling fountains, and warm breezes from the valley surround this hidden jewel. Steam and sauna rooms, a private outdoor tub and terra cotta walls reflecting the Warming Pool’s shimmering blue images all lend to its award-winning, rustic charm. The Spa nurtures mind, body and spirit with luxurious treatments infused with pure and natural ingredients culled from the ocean, the vineyards and abundant, on-site organic gardens. So whether you seek to relax, renew or reconnect, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge offers an array of distinctive services from vinotherapy to marine-inspired treatments to international traditions, elevating relaxation to an art form.
The 5,300-square-foot, full-service facility includes seven treatment rooms and comfortable seating to unwind in between treatments. Four of the rooms at the Spa at Bernardus are reserved for massage and body treatments, two are for facials, and one is specially tailored for wet treatments and includes a Vichy shower and private steam room. The Vineyard Room is designed for couples and has two treatment tables, a shower built for two and French doors leading to an outdoor therapy bath. In the warming room guests can wrap themselves in a chenille throw blanket, lounge in a comfortable chair near the fireplace, and enjoy a soothing cup of herbal tea as they await their treatments.
Enjoy the ultimate sensory experience. Choose from a collection of world-class treatments designed with total relaxation and well-being in mind. Combining contemporary techniques of spa wellness with the purest botanical ingredients, Bernardus’ signature treatments are not to be missed!
A range of special services, treatments and classes are also available at the spa.
These include, tennis instruction, croquet and bocce lessons and bridal beauty services. An assortment of spa packages can also be booked.
The spa and salon are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday with services starting from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday spa hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with services beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. Some spa services are available in-room. The fitness room is open 24 hours a day.
Signature Spa Services
Bernardus Mélange: Designed to delight those with discriminating tastes. Choose two tempting 25-minute treatments to be combined with a 60-minute customized massage. Highly skilled massage therapists will tailor the experience with integrate and therapeutic techniques to create a total of 110 minutes of personalized bliss.
Grape Impressions: Abandon the everyday with the ultimate in vinotherapy, featuring a passion fruit grape seed exfoliation, a cabernet body mud mask and a lavender-infused Vichy steam treatment will rinse away any tension. A full body application of decadent shea butter makes this a “grape impression” not to be missed!
The Vineyard Romance Experience: The magic of romance and the vitality of the vineyard meet in one extraordinary treatment. In the heart of our Vineyard Room, couples are pampered with a cabernet grape seed body exfoliation before adjourning to the privacy of an alfresco lavender grape seed bath the experience is completed by a full body warm grape seed oil massage and a tea service of what else – a delicious grape seed herbal tea served for two in the Warming Room.
Bernardus Prestige Facial: Enjoy an exquisite, ultra-decadent experience in beauty. The Bernardus Prestige Facial combines the finest ingredients into a custom face indulgence. A luxurious cleansing and an AHA mini-peel to reveal smooth, radiant skin follow an in-depth skin consultation. The toning benefits of an extended lymphatic massage will disburse tension while customized masks and select serums will seal in the skin’s new smooth texture. Lip and eye treatments will not be missed. A mesmerizing Lime Blossom scalp massage, paraffin hand treatment and invigorating foot massage complements this rejuvenating treatment. Finish your skin care with a special re-mineralizing cocktail for a luminous glow inside and out!
Chardonnay Pedicure: Discover the nourishing benefits of antioxidant-rich chardonnay grapes with this luxuriously decadent vinotherapy. The alfresco treatment begins with a glass of our award-winning Bernardus Chardonnay and an artisanal cheese plate to enjoy while soaking your feet and worries away in a chardonnay bubble bath. Next, an opulent pure cane sugar and chardonnay grape seed scrub lightly exfoliates the skin. The feet are massaged with creamy chardonnay moisturizer to calm and tone the skin. Finally, intoxicatingly soothed toes are topped off with detailed nail care and a polish of your choice.
Bernardus Lodge offers 57 luxurious guestrooms in nine adobe-village style buildings along a terraced hillside. It sits in one of America’s most scenic destinations: Carmel Valley, the sunny side of Carmel. Inspired by Bernardus Pon, creator of the Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the Lodge combines exceptional epicurean experiences, presided over by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, with gracious hospitality. The Lodge is 120 miles south of San Francisco and 330 miles north of Los Angeles. It is a 20-minute drive from the Monterey Peninsula and its wealth of attractions.
The Viennese Hotelier Anton Schneider acquires the premises where the Grand Hotel stands today. A maison meublée (furnished house) is built according to the plans of the renowned architect Carl Tietz which is then turned into a hotel. The Grand Hotel is opened on May 10th 1870 as the first Grand Hotel in Vienna. The hotel offers 300 rooms, 200 bathrooms, steam elevators and a telegraph office.
“The Erste Wiener Hotel Aktien Gesellschaft” is established. The share-holders of this company are the owners of the Grand Hotel. The first general meeting is held on June 1st 1870 in the ballroom of the Grand Hotel. In summer, Anton Schneider decides to retire from his position as hotel director of the Grand Hotel. The public company appoints Mr. Franz Sommer as the new general manager. 1894 Johann Strauss ( The king of Waltz) celebrates his 50-year jubilee on stage in the Grand Hotel.
The Grand Hotel reaches its largest expansion. Two of the neighboring houses, Kärntner Ring 11 & 13, are acquired and after extensive renovations the buildings are joined together. Thereafter, the hotel is able to offer 100 additional rooms and several, elegant salons.
All rooms are equipped with a telephone.
During 10 years, the Russian Troops live in the Grand Hotel.