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The Ritz-Carlton Review
With its enormous and elegantly decorated rooms, secluded oceanfront property, and a staff that waits on guests hand and foot, this golf and spa resort defines opulence. Attention to detail is remarkable, right down to the silver service, china, and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. During cocktail hour, view the ocean from the plush Conservatory Lounge, or from under a heavy blanket on an Adirondack chair on the lawn; visit the wine bar Eno anytime. The main restaurant, Navio, is suitably decadent, with a kitchen that turns local fish and produce into dishes like goat ricotta ravioli with toasted walnuts, pan-seared diver scallops with sunchokes, and braised beef short rib hash with eggs and glazed turnips.
Queen of the Coastal Peninsula
Overlooking miles of iconic California coastline, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay perfectly mirrors the laid-back elegance and dramatic beauty of the Northern California coast. One of the oldest settlements in San Mateo County, the resort lies smack in the middle of a number of distinct ecosystems: stick to the coast for world class beaches, horseback riding, and oceanfront dining. The awe-inspiring redwood forests are just a few miles inland and in the Santa Cruz Mountain region, more than 70 wineries are open for tastings. All guest rooms, both in the six-story main building and the separate Guest Houses, are enormous and elegantly decorated, with remarkable attention to detail.
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