Spa Profile: Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley.

At Bernardus Lodge & Spa, you’ll find a charming and intimate retreat in authentic wine country. Tucked away amidst 28 acres of rolling vineyards, orchards, and gardens, the resort offers a relaxing escape so guests can revitalize their senses and find calm while enjoying the sun-drenched natural settings, garden-to-treatment philosophy, mindful services, and customized offerings. We caught up with Gina Bolton, Director of Spa and Retail Operations, to learn more about this Carmel Valley destination spa.

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View of Carmel Valley, California.

View of Carmel Valley, California.

Why You’ll Love It: It’s a true escape from the hustle bustle—and just walking through can reset the pace of your entire day. 

Key Features: We have eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, a warming pool, jacuzzi, heated leisure pool, fireside lounge, and offer lunch poolside so guests can stay in their robes all day. 


Insider’s Tip: The first day of each season (equinox and solstice) the spa celebrates with a full day of activities including yoga, chakra balancing, wine tasting, mini facials, fire-dancing, and positive affirmation gifts. The itinerary is complimentary with any 50-minute spa service—and guests are encouraged to stay all day.

Spa Snacks: Trail mix bar with crystallized ginger, dark chocolate, walnuts, pepitas, almonds, apricots, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and an array of seasonal additions.  

Infinity pool at The Spa at Bernardus.

Infinity pool at The Spa at Bernardus.

Splurge Treatment: The Bernardus Prestige Facial. This signature two-and-a-half-hour service offers the ultimate in skincare, utilizing the finest ingredients and latest technology. A comprehensive skincare consultation, in-depth cleansing, and a regenerating peel will reveal smooth and radiant skin. A thorough lymphatic massage will relax any remaining facial tension. After a specialized firming mask treatment, microcurrent therapy combined with carefully selected serums will further tone and define facial muscles. A rejuvenating eye treatment, relaxing scalp massage, and hand treatment will complement the service. To maintain the results, a customized travel-friendly Eminence Organic Skin Care kit goes home with the guest.


Insider’s Favorite: My new favorite is the Walk on The Beach, where we invite guests to step into a spa journey focused on restoring a sense of harmony and balance to the mind, body, and spirit. The treatment begins with a Hawaiian meditation and pampering foot scrub, while the sounds of waves crash in the distance. A powerful but gentle Lomi Lomi-inspired massage uses fluid rhythmic motions mimicking ocean waves.

Breathe deep to discover the rejuvenating aroma of the exotic noni fruit, with zesty citrus notes and refreshing tropical fruit carried on ocean breezes. Renowned for rapidly hydrating and nourishing the skin, Noni oil has been the South Pacific’s best-kept beauty secret for more than 2,000 years. Long, flowing massage strokes clear blockages in the circulation of energy through the body and truly free the mind. Finally, indulge with a lingering soak in our 100-degree warming pool under the Carmel Valley sunshine.


Featured Brands: Eminence Organic Skin Care, Ode, Pure Fiji, and custom-blended oils made with hand-crushed lavender and rosemary from the onsite garden.

For more information, visit and be sure to follow @bernarduslodge on Instagram. For more things to do in Monterey, visit and follow @seemonterey.

[Images courtesy of See Monterey/Bernardus Lodge & Spa]

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
415 W Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924