The Spa at Bernardus Lodge

Carmel Valley's open-air retreat

Nestled in the heart of Carmel Valley, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge sets the scene for cozy pampering with three pools, a fireside lounge and eucalyptus steam rooms. Settle in for treatments inspired by the onsite vineyards and organic gardens — the indulgences use estate-grown ingredients such as French lavender, rosemary, mint and chardonnay.

The fragrant Lavender Bliss treats your skin to a lavender exfoliation followed by a soothing cold-pressed olive oil massage. Meanwhile, the Couples Vineyard Romance includes a sugar-chardonnay exfoliation, a lavender-mint bubble bath, a nourishing grapeseed oil massage and, to top it all off, a glass of Bernardus wine beside the fireplace. This is wellness, wine country style.

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The spa menu includes a number of unique treatments inspired by Carmel Valley wine country.

  • Bernardus Lodge & Spa was built with couples in mind, and its intimate spa is no different. The couples room features an alfresco tub that’s great for a special occasion.

  • The elegant full-service hair and nail salon is convenient for those celebrating weddings or other specials events on the premises.

  • You’ll find lots of healthy refreshments and beverages during your visit the spa near Carmel-by-the-Sea. On our visit, the nibbles included dried cherries, almonds and dried apricots as well as a bowl with bananas, oranges and red and green apples.

  • Stop by the boutique at the Carmel Valley spa to pick up Éminence skin-care products, luxury apparel and wine country necessities.
Things to Know
  • Indulge in the Carmel Valley sunshine all day — the spa’s large pool and Jacuzzi deck serves fare from Lucia Restaurant & Bar.

  • The spa is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. And while it is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the appointment time, you are invited to arrive as early as you’d like.

  • Complimentary valet parking is available for spa guests.

The Treatments

  • The customized Bernardus Essential Facial uses Éminence Organic Skincare products’ active herbal extracts, fruit enzymes, seeds and pulps for regenerative healing.
  • During the Mediterranean Gold experience, you are slathered with rich olive oil balm and massaged with warm basalt stones.
  • Indulge in the ultimate wine country getaway with four and a half hours of body rejuvenation inspired by Bernardus’ abundant onsite gardens. The Carmel Valley Escape Package includes a body exfoliation, massage, facial and nail services.

The Facilities
  • The wet areas at the cozy spa are quite luxurious and offer a variety of settings and treatments.
  • Obviously, the most inviting wet area of the spa is the aqua outdoor warming pool, which is set to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. A dip in the private pool ringed by flowering daisies and geraniums, chaise lounges and mature trees is a great way to relax your muscles before or after a deep-tissue massage.
  • Inside the locker rooms, you’ll find a dry sauna, showers and a eucalyptus steam room. We suggest you grab one of the ice-cold hand towels infused with rose petals and cucumber, and then spend a few minutes listening to music and breathing deeply as the steam opens your pores.
  • There’s also a showerhead in the steam room in case you need to cool off before stepping outside.
  • A few of the massage rooms include showers that are employed during body scrub treatments, but the most impressive wet feature at the spa is the special Vichy shower.
Getting There
415 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, California 93924
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