Checking In: The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

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Not even an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco is an oasis like no other: The five star ‘castle on the coast’ known to guests as The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. Although from the exterior reminiscent of regal properties thousands of miles away in Scotland, the experience inside the hotel as a guest is highly characterised by Northern Californian comforts.

RCHMB Overlooking Pacific Ocean

Checking In to the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

After a few days meandering around the streets of busy San Francisco, I was more than ready to retreat to the coast for some downtime, before beginning my adventures road-tripping the Californian Coast. Nearby San Francisco has a lot to offer visitors to California, but after a few days exploring some time to myself in the peace and calm of the coast was warmly received. In fact, the only hard part about it was leaving.

Ritz Room

The Room

Rooms at the Ritz Carlton are only part of the experience – but they’re so warm and inviting that it would be a disservice not to share a few details. If you’re staying a night or two for a special occasion, be sure to upgrade to a room with ocean views – of which you’ll find many at this resort, which is strategically located on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

All the usual Ritz Carlton room features are present – an impressive entertainment system, complimentary wi-fi, Aspen of London bathroom amenities, and one of the comfiest beds you could rest your head on. These hotels know how to ‘do’ luxury – they’ve practically redefined it.

RCHMB Pampered Pooch

The Experience

But this particular Ritz Carlton property is about much more than a room to sleep in for the night.

In fact, you don’t even have to stay here to visit, experience, and enjoy the hotel.

If you can’t afford the $600 per night price tag, you can and should still make your way to Half Moon Bay and experience the hotel. For a special meal, the hotel’s Signature Restaurant Navio has consistently high reviews. For something a little more casual and low-key (my preferred option), head over to The Conservatory and book yourself a table for equally delicious food that features only the freshest ingredients all locally sourced on the Northern California Coast.

Golfers will also be delighted to learn there is an 18-hole golf course at the property, which has got to be one of the most scenic in the entire world.

To really enjoy the scenery, be sure to stop by just prior to sunset and enjoy the sweeping ocean views as the sky puts on an impressive display of natural scenic beauty.

Culinary Delights

During my stay I had the pleasure of dining at The Conservatory for my evening meal. This is a much more low-key, no-fuss option for diners who just wish to enjoy a casual atmosphere but not miss out on experiencing Northern Californian specialties. I can highly recommend the Kale Salad (delicious!!!) and the warm caramel cake with a salted caramel glaze — mouthwatering!

RCHMB Ocean Lawn RCHMB 16th Green Ocean Course RCHMB Signature Aerial


World of Wanderlust was welcomed to the Ritz Carlton as a guest to experience the hotel. My opinion is as always, my own.

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    April 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    It looks amazing! Not what i’d typically imagine when thinking of California! Beautiful.

    April 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    What an amazing destination! Such stunning pictures.

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    This is insane. Doesn’t even look like California!

    April 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Ah! I’m so glad you got to stay at the Ritz in HMB!! You were lucky it was a clear day – normally it is blanketed by fog.

    April 15, 2015 at 1:57 am

    WOW. That’s the nicest hotel that I’ve ever seen. I would die to stay somewhere like that, enjoying the food and such 🙂

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    Sarah Lynn
    April 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

    Looks like one of the best kept secrets on the West coast!

    April 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Woweeeee! I can never afford to stay in places like that when I travel… I love the backpacking life but sometime I wish I could lay in a bed like THAT 😉

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    April 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Such a pretty place….maybe one day when I find the pot at the end of the rainbow.

    Susan the farm quilter
    April 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Simply stunning views! Enjoy your trip to LA!! Can’t wait to see your pictures of the journey!!!

    April 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    The coastline looks amazing, but I prefer staying in a tent 🙂

    Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip
    April 14, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I’ve stayed here! It’s so beautiful! I didn’t get to try The Conservatory so I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in town! xo Lisa

    April 14, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Um, that view though! Luxury at its best! Though I am not in the budget to afford the hotel, I can afford the salad aha (I think!).
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    April 14, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Loved the pictures! Almost magical 🙂

    Karen Farber
    April 14, 2015 at 5:40 am

    wow that place looks gorgeous! Lucky you to get to experience it

    Jake Ryan
    April 14, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Ah the hotel looks incredible and being right on the beach makes it even better. I can imagine the views when you woke up in a morning 😀