Come uncover the splendor of the California coastline at Half Moon Bay, where its natural beauty and enchanting local culture make it a unique and memorable destination. From taking in the signature West Coast sunsets to savoring the finest wines of California and kayaking through the blue, open waters, you will experience your dream vacation here at Half Moon Bay.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a secluded hotel that seems as if it were plucked out of your favorite romance novel. Situated upon a scenic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this hotel embodies the lush nature of its local surroundings. Located in close proximity to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and the notorious wine capital of Napa Valley, the possibilities for adventurous day trips are endless.
The hotel offers a variety of luxurious suites with panoramic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Half Moon Bay’s vast property. Each room is designed with deep attention to detail and equipped with top-of-the-line amenities. From plush beds to marble bathrooms and 24-hour room service, you will feel like a celebrity during your stay.
If you are looking to heighten your experience, treat yourself to a suite on the premier Club Level, offering the most lavish accommodations including rooms with your very own fire pit. The Club Level floor features a private lounge with concierge, several culinary offerings throughout the day, and a fireplace exhibiting striking views.
The Ritz-Carlton houses a tranquil five-star spa. Guests can soothe their minds and bodies in one of 15 spa treatment rooms, offering a variety of relaxing treatments. The eclectic spa menu features aromatherapy, crystal facials, massages, and a co-ed mineral bath. In addition to the spa, the resort features a state-of-the-art fitness room that is fully equipped with cardio and weight-training equipment, which will keep you feeling your best throughout your stay.
Since world-class wineries and farm-fresh goods surround Half Moon Bay, the cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton will please every diner’s palate. The Conservatory is a restaurant known for incorporating organic, locally grown ingredients into its cuisine, while supporting the local economy and promoting sustainability. This restaurant also houses a full bar featuring unique, homegrown cocktails.
Enjoy outdoor dining at its finest over the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean at The Ocean Terrace. This spot hosts a more casual environment and is best for enjoying a light lunch or pre-dinner cocktail while you sit back and take in the exquisite sunset with the fire pits warming you as the famous fog rolls in. If you would prefer to sample the crisp flavors of the local wine selection, head over to the Cork Wine Bar. The bar’s sommeliers specialize in the local wines of the California coast, and will be sure to introduce you to a glass of something you’ve never tried before.
If you wish to venture off the resort premises to experience all the area has to offer, there are endless possibilities. Pillar Point Harbor offers sea kayaking tours and lessons that will provide you with a different perspective of the vast ocean. If getting wet isn’t for you, the nearby Moss Beach Ranch offers horseback tours that will expose you to breathtaking views of the grassland meadows. Top off your day of adventure with a tranquil dip in the Colony Club’s heated indoor pool, only steps away from the main hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton provides a luxury experience matched with views that you can’t find anywhere else. After witnessing a signature California sunset over the Pacific Ocean, whale watching, roasting marshmallows or sampling the local wine, you will be ready to book your next trip back. Come see what hidden gems Half Moon Bay holds for you, and you will be amazed by what you discover.
Contributed by Dara Kaplan