A stay at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay is the utmost coastal extravagance. Families will enjoy roasting s'mores by ocean front fire pits, a weekend Hot Chocolate Bar, an 18-hole golf course with ocean views from every hole, the indoor heated swimming pool, and a bagpiper that can be heard announcing the arrival of each day’s sunset.
Indulgent guestrooms and suites offer sweeping ocean views, and most include cozy window seats, sophisticated fireplaces, and outdoor terraces. The daily resort fee includes a glass of wine upon arrival, wireless internet, and shuttle service to Main Street in downtown Half Moon Bay. Additionally, the Ritz-Carlton Club offers a private lounge with personal concierge staff and complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day.
Thursday through Sunday evenings, a dedicated Fire & Wine Butler services guests relaxing outside. Armed with wine atop a golf cart, the Fire & Wine Butler roves the property offering assistance with lighting outdoor fire pits or with pouring glasses of wine.
The guest houses are a short walk from the main building and consist of three adjacent buildings with rooms that are the same as the main building but offer a more secluded atmosphere. Tip: Guesthouse rooms are not always pricier than those in the main building and they offer complimentary parking!
Little Touches of Luxury:
The Ritz-Carlton literally rolls out the welcome wagon for it youngest guests. At check in, children select a welcome amenity from a wagon full of toys. Over the course of my weekend stay, this delightful wagon was rolled out for my son on three separate occasions.
On the second day of my trip, a large candy-covered edible castle was placed in my room while we were out. My son’s face lit up like a Christmas tree when we returned to our room to find this unexpected and delicious gift!
Additional family friendly amenities include sand toys and beach accessories, family board games and videos, and putter and wedge for use on pitching and putting greens.
C'est Très Magnifique:
Frequently acclaimed as the most superb brunch in the Bay, the nautically inspired Navio offers an impressive selection of coastal cuisine and decadent desserts from a 1,000 square-foot display kitchen. Navio’s Sunday brunch not only lived up to my expectations, but far surpassed it. While overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I found myself wishing two things; that I had been born to great wealth and that I had skipped dinner the night before. Sadly, my stomach ran out of room before I could try everything.
For a more relaxed setting, The Conservatory Lounge is ideal for families with toddlers and offers a bistro menu throughout the day. The children’s menu is the same at both Navio and The Conservatory.
A World-Class Spa with World-Class Service:
After a day spent exploring Half Moon Bay, I scheduled a massage to relax and rejuvenate at the spa. Guests entering the spa will discover calming views of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the comforting sounds of tranquility fountains throughout the facility and treatment rooms.
Little ladies and lads can participate in special activities just for them in the Ritz Kids program. From daily programs and Friday night parties, to summer adventures and innovative classes, the resort has much to offer its younger guests. On Christmas morning, Santa reads to the children himself from the Kids Room.
Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging, spa treatment, and meals as a guest of The Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz-Carlton did not request that I express any particular opinion and my reviews always reflect my honest opinion.
Of course, the Ritz is a fantastic hotel and it has a wonderful location in Halfmoon Bay. The room was great and it came with a huge bathtub and a shower. The service there was excellent. BUT we were somehow disappointed to find out that the pool area and the spa were closed after 8pm - and then we had to deal with our kid to whom we had promised a stay in the pool....
This hotel is definitely upscale and I believe has a golf course, but is also kid friendly. They have a delicious Sunday brunch and on Easter go all out - they have the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, an Easter egg hunt, even a play area that kids can do crafts at while their parents socialize. If you have the money it's worth a visit.
The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay is located close to Half Moon Bay Golf Links and Poplar State Beach. Other area points of interest include Miramar Beach and Pillar Point Harbor.
Dining options at The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 5 star property offers limo/town car service, audiovisual equipment, and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property has 1579 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Wedding services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, a children's club, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke free property.
261 air conditioned guestrooms at The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay feature iPod docking stations and minibars. Beds come with down comforters and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and bathrobes. Wired high speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). LCD televisions have premium satellite channels, DVD players, and pay movies. Rooms also include CD players and laptop compatible safes. Guests may request refrigerators, in room massages, and hypo allergenic bedding. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily.
Notifications and Fees:
Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check in or check out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.