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Carmel’s Bernardus Lodge & Spa Awarded Forbes 12-Stars


Marking its second consecutive year, California's Bernardus Lodge & Spa has been awarded a coveted 12 stars from Forbes Travel Guide. Raising the bar on luxury lodging, the 73-room resort set against the backdrop of 28 acres of sweet lavender and vines, received top industry honors with a four-star rating for the Lodge, The Spa at Bernardus and Lucia Restaurant & Bar, the property's signature dining venue under the helm of Chef Cal Stamenov.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa shares this elite award with only six California and 14 U.S. hotel properties.

It's currently offering two specials: The Body + Soul -- Treat yourself to a one-night getaway in a luxurious guest room and enjoy your choice of two pampering 50-minute spa treatments and a dinner for two at Lucia Restaurant. And, indulge yourself with the Bed and Breakfast special. Enjoy a luxurious guest room for two, as well as a full American breakfast for two in either Lucia or in the privacy of your own room.

Opened in 1999 in bucolic Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa epitomizes wine country luxury with its top drawer service protocols and hospitality standards.  The property's ongoing evolution included a multi-million dollar transformation in 2015 and the debut of its new Villas & Suites a year later, including spacious 1050 sq., ft., and 2100 sq. ft., lifestyle accommodations ideally suited for reconnecting with extended family.  Today's challenging guest ethos is met with heightened sensitivity and an all-encompassing experience designed to outpace expectations.  As industry standards shift, Bernardus Lodge & Spa continues to reset the bar.

In addition to the lodge, Forbes four stars were awarded to the Spa at Bernardus, a spacious 5,300 sq. ft., facility offering cutting-edge treatments in an elegant poolside setting, and Lucia Restaurant & Bar with chef Cal Stamenov driving the stoves.  

415 West Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley. 831.658.3400.

Hotel Maya’s Gourmet Meals To Go & Getaway Room Package


Long Beach’s premiere waterfront resort, Hotel Maya speaks the language of love this Valentine’s Day weekend with special dinner menus for outdoor or to-go dining, a Cupid Brunch, a Valentine’s picnic basket, a hotel room package, and an intimate wedding ceremony and honeymoon. Reservations and orders can be placed at

Whether dining along the waterfront or picking up complete meals, Fuego, the Latin-infused restaurant at Hotel Maya will offer two Valentine’s Day dinner options from Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15. The Sweetheart Package includes a three-course dinner for two; chocolates from Long Beach’s Romeo Chocolates; one bottle of sparkling Rose or Cava, Poema, Spain; and a rose, while the A La Carte menu offers luscious starters, appetizers and desserts to be mixed and matched.

A Valentine’s Picnic Basket featuring wine, chocolate covered strawberries, mixed nuts and dried fruit, Latin cheeses, guacamole, salsa, ceviche, long stem roses, water, and utensils. Picnic baskets can be pre-ordered through February 10 for pickup over the Valentine’s Day weekend. On Sunday, Valentine’s Day, a Cupid’s Brunch with live, socially distanced entertainment is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live entertainment will also be offered for Sunday dinner from 5-9:00 p.m.  Reservations are required and space is limited so secure your Sweetheart table now.

A Sweetheart Getaway room package starts at $305 and includes one-night overnight accommodations and a three-course dinner for two to enjoy in your room or on the Fuego patio, complimentary parking, and a late check out at 1pm. The package is available for arrivals between February 12-15. To reserve a Sweetheart Package, please call 562-735-7676 or book online at

The Sweetheart Dinner Package for 2 is available ToGO or you can reserve a table to enjoy on the outdoor patio and choose between Salad, a Burrata Tomato Salad, or a Maryland Lump Crab Cake, a choice of entrees including a Tenderloin of Beef with a whiskey peppercorn sauce, Valdeón Blue cheese, a Peruvian potato puree, and honey glazed carrots; a mushroom crusted Colorado Lamb Chop with a Chimichurri sauce, sweet potato puree, and pickled sugar snap peas; or a pan-roasted Chilean Sea Bass with fried sage butter sauce, blistered tomatoes, spinach, Fingerling potatoes, and arugula and lobster garnish. Dessert includes 4 Chocolate Truffles from Long Beach’s famous Romeo Chocolates, a bottle of Sparkling Rose or Poema Brut Cava, and a long-stemmed rose.

The A La Carte menu includes choices from the Sweetheart Package as well as a white truffled risotto with crème fraiche, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, spinach, mushrooms, black beans, roasted corn, and pico de gallo; and for dessert, a chocolate ganache cake.

Fuego, the modern, Latin infused restaurant and lounge, offers a unique seaside setting featuring 13-foot-tall glass walls that fully retract with seating on the patio area. Fuego’s stunning open-air views and expansive patio seating include the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and Queen Mary. Reservations and orders can be placed at or call 562-481-3910.

Hotel Maya – a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For additional information or to make room reservations, please call 562-435-7676, visit,

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