CordeValle, A Rosewood Resort - Hotel Review
Secluded Luxury in the Santa Cruz Mountains
|The resort's stunning setting||Villa Living Room|
Turndown service includes a bottle of water left at your bedside and a linen cloth for your precious feet to step on as you climb into bed. If you've left your various toiletries out on the countertops, housekeeping neatly places each one on a towel. Upon noticing our eyeglasses left on a desk, a lens-cleaning cloth was thoughtfully left for next to them. Thanks to a temperature dial in the shower, you can adjust the water to be the perfect temperature.
Other lovely amenities include a saltwater pool that leaves you feeling refreshed, not bleached out. Well-marked hiking trails encircle the property and are dotted by various "decks," wooden platforms that are great for snapping pictures or having a picnic (the resort will pack one for you). There's also the nearby 85-acre Clos LaChance winery, which staff will drive you to via golf cart. In fact, anytime you are too tuckered out to walk to or from your room, you can request a golf cart to whisk you to your next destination.
The 5,000-square-foot Sense spa features grape seeds in specialty treatments like the harvest crush, a body scrub of crushed grape seeds and rosemary combined with a massage and hair treatment with warm seeds. Each treatment room has a private garden designed to invite the outdoors in.
Executive chef Luca Rutigliano comes to CordeValle from The Carlyle in New York. Known for working with local growers to create menus influenced by his Italian roots, he's at his best when he sticks to simple preparations, which can be enjoyed at Il Vigneto. You can also dine at casual Lion's Peak Grill on an outdoor patio or One Iron Grill for contemporary California cuisine. Rutigliano's presence is central to CordeValle. Almost every weekend the resort hosts some kind of culinary event based around the chef's skills and connections.
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(Updated: 09/14/09 SG)