The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay - Hotel Review
A California Haven with Panoramic Ocean Vistas
by Alain Gayot
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay has been wowing visitors since its opening in 2001. Situated on top of an ocean bluff, overlooking 50 miles of rugged coastline, it’s the first luxury resort to open along the Northern California coast in over a decade.
The resort’s six story main building is certainly impressive but if you savor more intimate-style accommodations you can choose to stay in one of the three adjacent cottage houses. With 261 guest rooms at the resort, there’s a room with a view—of either the ocean or the resort’s two championship 18-hole golf courses—for everyone. Whether you stay in a suite, a club room or one of the terrace fire pit rooms recently outfitted with a private outdoor fire on the patio, all accommodations come complete with feather beds with duvets, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and marble baths.
If you’re up for a challenge, then either of the 18-hole golf courses on the property should adequately test your handicap. With its authentic Scottish links design, the Ocean Course has spectacular views of the Pacific from every hole, while the Old Course weaves through cypresses, around lakes and also finishes with stunning views of the ocean. Concentrating on your game, rather than the scenery, will be your biggest challenge.
Afterwards, take time to pamper yourself following your strenuous exercise with a visit to the resort’s 16,000-square-foot spa, where you can indulge in a range of facials, body treatments and hair and nail services. Soothe your tired limbs in one of the myriad aqua facilities: try a candlelit Roman mineral bath or the indoor whirlpool.
All this effort deserves a hearty meal, and there’s no better place than the resort’s award-winning Navio restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Helmed by chef Aaron Zimmer, Navio offers up Northern California cuisine with local ocean delicacies.
Whether you're looking for a romantic or leisure getaway or a business retreat, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay guarantees a luxurious secluded haven for all.