Need I say more? The Bernardus Lodge is everything you may want for a romantic Carmel getaway. The grounds are beautiful, the staff are the ultimate in professionalism (without being stuffy) and the whole place just "screams" relaxation!
We've stayed in so many ramshackles calling themselves hotels in downtown Carmel by the Sea that we were happy to upgrade to the more relaxing atmosphere, better weather and beautiful scenery of Carmel Valley. We only stayed one night in the Fall (so no pool activity) and the hotel was not entirely full but the vibe was definitely serene.
The rooms are spacious and immaculate but could use a bit of "contemporizing". The bed, linens and towels are top notch. The snacks and welcome wine are a very nice touch.
It was nice to walk to dinner at Marinus rather than have to drive into Carmel Valley or downtown. It was an OUTSTANDING meal with service to match!! It was fine dining at it's finest without being pretentious or stuffy.
We will return!