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World’s Best Room Honor

Capping this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award for Bernardus Lodge & Spa and chef Cal Stamenov’s signature dining venue – Lucia Restaurant & Bar- Carmel Valley’s esteemed hideaway for epicures on escape has again raised the hospitality bar with the Forbes 2019 World’s Best Rooms Award, one of 41 hotel properties in 17 countries and just six on the West Coast. Nearly 1700 worldwide hotels were included in the review process.
 
Achieving perfect scores on guestroom and bathroom standards related to luxury, guest comfort and convenience, this award underscores Bernardus’ mantra on superseding guest expectations with meticulous attention to design, ergonomics, and elegance. “This is an incredible honor, one that speaks to our philosophy and passion as well as recognizing our hardworking staff,” according to Sean Damery, vice president and general manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa. 
 
Opened in 1999 and celebrating its platinum anniversary, the 73-room vine-swept lodge has long set the standard for luxury lodging on California’s Central Coast. Tucked on  28 acres of sweeping lavender, grapevines and olive orchards in Carmel Valley, Bernardus Lodge & Spa speaks to today’s experiential traveler with a showcase of guest accoutrements including spacious 525 sq., ft., to 2100 sq., ft., lifestyle accommodations, many featuring vaulted ceilings, double-sided fireplaces, private patios and terraces featuring vineyard or Santa Lucia Mountain views as well as a complimentary wine bar and butler’s pantry. Standout elements include Suite and Villa accommodations featuring alfresco showers and fire pits, hammered copper free-standing soaking tubs and rain showers. Two pools, an adult-only infinity Jacuzzi, tennis, apiary program, croquet, and bocce courts and the sleek 5,300 sq. ft., Spa at Bernardus round out the property.
 
ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE 2019 WORLD’S BEST ROOMS
 
Forbes Travel Guide’s Verified Lists provide guests with an objective, data-driven source for making informed choices. These Illustrious properties have been thoroughly tested and verified to ensure that the rooms are of the highest quality – not just beautiful, but impeccably functional, luxuriously comfortable and elegantly appointed. Elements of luxury standards reflect detailed attention to the level of sumptuous comfort, as well as luxurious choices and conveniences provided to guests including linens of exceptional quality and style, high-quality amenities and/or technology appropriate to the destination, exception attention to interior design, notable pieces of artwork, high-quality soft goods and bathroom amenities that are exceptionally luxurious. Comfort and convenience standards encompass guestrooms that are well-sound-proofed, extremely fresh upon arrival, generously spacious grooming areas, advanced lighting, and technology that is easy to navigate.
 
 
Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, and spas. The anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards with an emphasis on exceptional service. The only way to receive a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through Forbes’ independent inspection process. A full list of awards is listed at www.forbestravelguide.com.

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

by Tara McDonough

Looking to stay, play and vacay in Palm Springs?

Agua Caliente, Coachella Valley’s one and only lavish hotel and casino, is a sumptuous spaced resort consisting of luxury hotel rooms and various realms of entertainment and personal indulgence. Located in Rancho Mirage, California, the luxury resort has held outstanding recognition with the AAA Four Diamond for 11 consecutive years. My colleagues and I got the privilege to spend a weekend and experience the remarkable property for ourselves.

There are four room types that the resort consists of. The first is the deluxe room, which is the standard stay for the resort and stretches out to 550 sq ft. The three other room types include the 1,100 sq ft executive suite, the 1,640 sq ft presidential suite with a separate dining and living room space, and the PURE allergy friendly rooms.

Agua Caliente Resort includes 340 vastly upscale rooms accented with finely crafted spa-styled ROAM body-care amenities. The 16-story resort provides a player’s paradise with the casino offering 71,000 square feet of the Coachella Valley and greater Palm Springs area’s best gaming with table games, video poker and gaming slots. They also boast the area’s only private live poker room and high-limit gaming in an upscale, private atmosphere.

If you’re not much of a gambler, the entertainment venue, The Show, host performances and events like standup comedy, concerts and charity boxing shows. By signing up for the entertainment newsletter, you are granted access to being one of the first to be informed about upcoming events.

For those who enjoy cigars, the resort includes the Pívat Cigar Lounge, a domain of exceptional taste and comfort. The bar and lounge beckon the cigar aficionado—and those who aspire to become one—with friendly, knowledgeable cigar servers ready to recommend the perfect pairing of premium cigars with single malt Scotch and other top shelf drinks.

For serenity and relaxation, Agua Caliente houses the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winning Sunstone Spa. Reminiscent of the sun, the Sunstone is believed to bring life, positive energy, and abundance to those fortunate enough to carry it. Sunstone is your place to unwind, reconnect, and renew.The Sunstone Spa features a nail salon, fitness room, whirlpool, luxury spa cabanas and a lot more.

The resort offers several amazing restaurants such as Java Caliente, Waters Cafe and The Steakhouse. A favorite at the Agua Caliente is 360 Sports where guests can view sporting events on state-of-the-art wraparound digital displays for larger-than-life action. The restaurant includes over 1,200 square feet of live sports action, real time scores on giant LED sports ticker, a full service bar with 16 bar top games, draft beers on tap, plus local craft brews, and a twist on bar food favorites. They also offer the Grand Palm buffet, which serves distinctive genres of worldly cuisines. Last but not least, Agua Caliente also houses an exclusive Swarovski shop.

To reserve a space at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, you have the option to visit the website and book online or call to reserve a room.