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Located just half an hour from San Francisco but a world away, the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a grand seaside lodge. The resort sits along the rugged coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean with 239 luxurious guest rooms and 22 opulent suites, including its freshly revamped premium suites. The main draws here are golf, wellness and exceptional culinary experiences.

Two championship golf courses surround the hotel and stretch along the water. The spa offers a variety of healing and rejuvenating treatments as well as adults-only relaxation facilities, a coed whirlpool, saunas, and steam rooms. The tennis program boasts six lighted courts, a tennis professional, private lessons and complimentary player matching. The state-of-the-art fitness center is complemented by the appealing coastal biking and jogging trails.

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Navio is the most formal dining option here, offering ocean-to-table fare and a Sunday brunch extravaganza complete with caviar, an oysters raw bar and a sushi station. The alfresco Ocean Terrace boasts fresh shellfish and local catches. Overlooking the ocean, the Conservatory has a casual beach house vibe and a menu comprising California comfort cuisine. In the Wine Room, custom multi-course meals with sommelier-selected wine pairings are served amid some 4,000 bottles on display. Guests who opt to upgrade to the Club Level enjoy an array of beverages, wines, spirits and culinary presentations throughout the day. Rounding out the epicurean programming here is the Global Cuisine Series, a one-of-a-kind opportunity to cook alongside rotating celebrity chefs.

Half Moon Bay is a quaint seaside village nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its historic Main Street boasts artisan shops, wine tasting rooms, and a variety of bars and restaurants. Around the region, visitors enjoy white sandy beaches, redwood forests, pumpkin farms, wineries and more.


A nightly signature ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is the serenading of the setting sun by a bagpiper dressed in full Scottish Highlander regalia. The music echoes across the landscape, beckoning guests to congregate fireside to end the day with the sights and sounds of the sea. 

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