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Ritz Carlton Half-Moon Bay | #Wine
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Ritz Carlton Half-Moon Bay

Set against dramatic bluffs overlooking the pacific, this one-of-a-kind exclusive coastal resort is an extraordinary getaway.

 

The panoply of deluxe touches at this notable property is an homage to its surroundings, from the coastal-inspired décor to the locally sourced ingredients filling the dining menus, as well as wine offerings at the restaurants. Whether in town on business or pleasure guests will bask in this coastal lap of luxury at this remarkable resort.

 

Notably, the resort, that features two championship golf courses, is a mere twenty miles from San Francisco.

 

The ambiance is in a league of its own. Extra spacious, well-appointed rooms with unique artwork, showcasing local artists, boast gorgeous marble bathrooms with sunken tubs to indulge in at the end of a long day.

 

Alternatively, stretch your feet and lounge around on the Ocean Lawn while dining at the Terrace Bar al fresco, watching the waves crush. Or take in spectacular sunsets by the oceanfront cozy communal fire pits while roasting smores at nightfall or taking in the talents of bagpipe player performing on the bluff.

 

Local activities include horseback rides, surfing, hiking, beach strolls; all complemented by world-class dining and wine-tasting at the area’s Santa Cruz Mountain region that boasts seventy wineries.

 

Despite a plethora of outdoor goings-on, there is no need to leave the property to have a grand time. There is a wonderful spa, featuring roman jacuzzi and an extensive menu of services. Additionally, an indoor saltwater pool awaits.

 

Dining-wise, Navio restaurant features Michelin-pedigree cuisine, combined with a stellar wine list and signature cocktails options.

 

Notably, the Conservatory serves cocktails with fresh herbs spotted throughout the space. Innovative and invariably delicious, it’s a great casual spot for a leisurely lunch or brunch.

 

The service deserves a special mention, between the evening turndown service that includes gourmet chocolate on the pillows, bottles of water and perfect tunes to boot – the staff both turns on the TV fireplace and music, so you arrive to a greeting of soothing sounds streaming from the stereo.

 

Travelling with family and craving a walk on the beach with your partner or a romantic evening? “Ritz Kids” creative daytime and evening programs, with such highlights as a scavenger hunt, dinner and movies, allows parents a night out.

 

 

25
Points

Ambiance

 

An unparalleled location that combines consummate comfort and elegance.

 

 

25
Points

Amenities

 

 

In addition to the perfectly appointed rooms suites, with upgraded amenities, there is a 16,000-ft. spa, 36 holes of golf, and a world-class restaurant.

 

 

20
Points

Service

 

Ritz Carlton properties are known for the legendary service, and this one is no exception. Guests needs are not just met, they are anticipated.

 

 

 

15
Points

Location and environment

 

Located 20 miles from SFO on a bluff overlooking the ocean is offers breathtaking views. Despite plenty of exciting outdoor activities, there is no need to leave the property to have an amazing time. Stretch your feet and relax on the Ocean Terrace, a fantastic outdoor bar that features fire pits.

 

 

15
Points

Special/unique features

The following restaurants are on property: Navio Restaurant, The Conservatory, Cork Wine Bar.

 

100
Total Score

 

 

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