Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, USA

If you are a golf fan, you’ll absolutely love this property. But even if you’re not, its setting is dramatic – not to mention romantic, perched on a cliff overlooking the bay of which its name is derived and the great, thrashing Pacific Ocean. We sat by a large outdoor firepit, watching the sunset as country-club, Cali-kid servers in immaculate polo-shirts rushed us smores kits and red wine. Inside, our suite on the hotel’s Club Level continued the property’s commitment to refined yet relaxed elegance, clad out in neutral decor, teetering schizophrenically between old-world chic and executive modern, but perfectly comfortable. But what it has that not many others do is a killer view – and if we could ever possibly get bored with it, we knew we could people-watch the jet-set, who were busy toasting marshmallows on their terraces below. The highlight of our stay was dinner, the restaurant team at the hotel is renowned – with award-winning Navio being the talk of California. Ours was served in the Conservatory, but the chef cooked up an elaborate and sublime signature multi-course tasting menu, combining the subtle flavours of the sea with fresh textures and embelishments.