Bernardus Lodge and Spa | Carmel Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa


Sometimes we too like to take a break away from the shopping and venture off the beaten track. These under the radar towns are full of interesting things to discover. Whether you are in California, Vietnam or Thailand these three hotels are our favourite places to pull up stomps at the end of a day of adventure.




Carmel, California

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Carmel-by-the-Sea – also as known as Carmel is a quaint village in Northern California. The place makes a splendid getaway for all age groups thanks to its abundance of shops, art galleries, beaches, wineries and sceneries.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel echoes all that is charming, intimate and comfortable. All 73 rooms, suites and villas exude a flair of European elegance with hints of old-world sophistication. Large soaking tubs, fireplaces, and lavish king-size featherbeds make this place hard to leave.

Perfect for:

An all-rounded trip

Noteworthy Spot:

Spa with wine-based treatments

Worth getting out for:

Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Danang, Vietnam

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam

Danang, the third largest city in Vietnam is sprawling with pristine and breath-taking beach resorts – thanks to its strategic Eastern Seacoast location.

Perched on a cliff side around the isolated and sparkling Son Tra Peninsula bay, the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is perhaps Vietnam’s most extravagant beach resort. The lush resort holds many amenities that add to its “paradise on earth” guise – think beachfront villas with private pools, fine cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef, the award-winning Harrn Heritage spa, a freeform pool close to an untouched beach and a beach bar.

Perfect for:

An adults-only getaway

Noteworthy spot:

700-metre private beach

Worth getting out for:

3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tamarind Village

50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Pum Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

Away from the frenzy of Bangkok is Chiang Mai, an urban idyll and cultural pocket in northern Thailand. The ancient city is sprawling with elaborate Buddhist temples, national parks and museums making it a cultural and religious centre.

To make the most of this oasis of cool and calm, secure a stay at Tamarind Village. Built around the 200-year old tamarind tree, the garden courtyard village is designed with a nod to tribal accents and the ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. Guests enter through a majestic bamboo arch and rooms and suites are adorned with fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region.

Perfect for:

A calm and atmospheric stay

Noteworthy Spot:

The Spa Suite

Worth getting out for:

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar market

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