CARMEL VALLEY – Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley received 12 more stars from Forbes Travel Guide for the third consecutive year, including four stars each for Bernardus Lodge, The Spa at Bernardus and Lucia Restaurant & Bar. It shares this high honor with just five hotel properties in California and 14 across the country.
For three consecutive years, the 73-room resort has been recognized by one of the most rigorous rating experts in the industry.
12-star recognition is hotly contested within the industry given the continuous changes in customer expectations and challenges. Setting and exceeding high standards in today’s luxury travel market is one of the key forces behind this award.
“It’s an honor we really take to heart given one of the toughest times in lodging history,” said Bernardus Lodge & Spa Vice President and General Manager Sean Damery. , in a press release. “Service standards continue to evolve, but our commitment to delivering an authentic luxury guest experience has been unwavering. We are proud to be part of this coveted group of hotels and this service-driven achievement is at the very heart of the Bernardus experience.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa opened its doors in 1999 and attributes part of its success to its continuous organic evolution. The resort, set on 28 acres of lavender and vineyards, gave its lodge a multi-million dollar makeover in 2015 and launched its Villas & Suites guest accommodations a year later, including 1,050 square feet and 2,100 square feet. ideal accommodation to reconnect with extended family.
In 2022, Bernardus Lodge added Christian Ojeda, formerly of Montage Deer Valley Resort, as Executive Chef of Lucia Restaurant & Bar, further punctuating the guest experience. The 90-seat Lucia Restaurant and Bar is named after the Santa Lucia range, which serves as a backdrop to the 2,300-square-foot terrace for alfresco dining.
The spa at Bernardus, a 5,300 square foot facility offering specialty services in a poolside setting, also received four stars from the Forbes Travel Guide, along with the lodge and restaurant.
The Forbes Travel Guide is the originator of the five-star rating system and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Its team of inspectors experts anonymously rate properties against 900 rigorous and objective standards. , which provide consumers with the information needed to make more informed travel and leisure decisions.
Other properties in the area that have received stars from the Forbes Travel Guide include L’Auberge Carmel, Aubergine at L’Auberge Carmel, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Spa at Pebble Beach, Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, Monterey, Post Ranch Inn, Post Ranch Spa and Sierra Mar Restaurant, Big Sur.