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The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is an escape at the edge of the world


Located just 30 minutes from San Francisco and Silicon Valley on the Northern California coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is the Bay Area's only luxury oceanfront resort—and it feels worlds away.

Perched atop a rugged bluff overlooking the dramatic Pacific Ocean, the iconic resort evokes a distinctly local touch as inspired by the area's rich natural resources, while offering the luxury and service that is world-renowned from The Ritz-Carlton brand.

The resort's ambiance takes cues from its unique location—between the Santa Cruz Mountains and nearby Napa and Sonoma Valleys, home to some of the world's finest wines—as well as the sights, sounds, and experiences of the Pacific Ocean. The theme of enjoying the local bounty permeates the entire guest experience, from the complimentary glass of local wine upon check-in to the fire pits that dot the resort to the world-class Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge. That's to say nothing of the tradition of the Sunset Bagpiper performance overlooking the ocean and the two championship golf courses.

Designed with California's natural beauty in mind and drawing the ocean vibes indoors, the timeless estate has 261 luxurious guest rooms and suites designed in soothing hues of blue and grey, rich tones of creams and browns, and accented with spectacular coastal views.

Set in the Pumpkin Capital of the World and surrounded by organic farms and world-renowned wineries, the resort also has several exceptional dining offerings, including Navio, which serves upscale, ocean cuisine with farm-fresh produce and an extensive wine list in a nautical-inspired setting with panoramic ocean views; The Conservatory, where fresh, homegrown California comfort cuisine meets handcrafted cocktails; and The Ocean Terrace, featuring a raw bar, grill menu, and sunset bagpipe performances on the cliffs, as well as cozy fire pits.

At a spacious 16,000 square feet, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay is a tranquil setting to relax and rejuvenate. The wellness destination features 15 treatment rooms including 10 single massage rooms, two couples' massage rooms, and three facial rooms. Men's and women's changing rooms include relaxing lounge areas with fireplaces, whirlpools, sauna and steam rooms, and cold dip in the men's facility, while a co-ed whirlpool is available in the center of the spa. The spa treatments draw inspiration from the resort's natural surroundings, utilizing local ingredients such as pumpkin, crushed pearls, lavender, and earthy herb blends to help soothe the mind and body after an afternoon of adventure exploring the California coastline.

// For more information and reservations, go to ritzcarlton.com.

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