NoCal's cliff-top golfing hub

239 Rooms / 22 Suites

From its cliff-top setting to its shingled architecture, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay looks like a slice of Scotland on the Northern California coast. But while the windswept dunes and emerald links hint of a foreign land, this exquisite resort — only 30 miles from San Francisco — has a decidedly West Coast flavor. The guest rooms and suites are inspired by the cool gray and blue tones from the neighboring Pacific Ocean, mixed with beachside accents such as pickled wood entry floors and driftwood-inspired nightstands. The rooms look like they belong on a California coastal estate. Golfers will develop a soft spot for the resort’s 36 oceanfront holes, while others can go horseback riding on the secluded beach or play volleyball, basketball or croquet. The candlelit Roman mineral bath within the Four-Star spa delights the senses. Furry friends are welcome in the resort’s guesthouses, but beware they’re likely to be spoiled with dog bones served on silver trays.