Rosewood Sand Hill occupies a prime location in the heart of California’s techy Silicon Valley, but its 16 manicured acres and expansive views of the Santa Cruz Mountains make it feel like a plush, secluded retreat. While plenty of business meetings are conducted here, the Menlo Park hotel camouflages those deals with high-end design. Opened in 2009, the luxury hotel offers 121 guest rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings, marble bathrooms and the type of modern amenities guests expect in this high-tech hub: bedside controls, a Phillips SoundBar on the flat-screen television, and even a walk-in closet to hang business and bathing suits alike. The setting is within striking distance of the Facebook, Google and Apple campuses, but far enough for corporate travelers to doff their work duds and ensconce themselves in everything from a bottle of local wine to a CardioCore fitness class.

The Look

Following the secluded drive to Rosewood Sand Hill’s entry, guests are greeted with a soothing fountain and towering palm trees before entering a sleek lobby of white marble desks and splashes of sunshine. This is also the first glimpse of the luxury hotel’s elaborate art collection, which features contemporary pieces from local artists – many of whom are connected to Stanford University, which is just two minutes down the road. Rosewood Sand Hill’s neutral color scheme and use of rich walnuts and cherries provide the ideal backdrop for the artwork, which also benefits from the property’s many windows and seemingly endless supply of natural light.

The Food

While the décor says relaxed contemporary California, Madera is a popular, high-energy happy hour destination filled with power players, venture capitalists and singles on the prowl. Sommelier Paul Mekis, who has been with Madera since its inception, helms a wine program that earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2013, and ensures guests clutch the ideal pinot noir to watch the sun set from Madera’s large west-facing patio. Foregoing wine might seem like folly here, but the Bufala Negra cocktail – a mix of Bulleit, ginger ale and balsamic vinegar – is easily worth the sacrifice. Executive chef Peter Rudolph serves up a market-driven menu of fresh California cuisine that has already nabbed Madera international accolades (which means reservations are an absolute must here). Rudolph’s generous Monterey Bay sablefish and day boat scallops are as commonly spotted in the dining room as famished NFL players.

The Amenities

The large, heated pool at the center of Rosewood Sand Hill’s lushly landscaped grounds is the hub of activity during the day, as guests lounge beneath olive trees and mop their brows with chilled towels provided by the attentive staff. For a more intensive form of relaxation, guests visit the adjacent Sense Spa, which boasts 13 treatment rooms and a menu of services in tune with the northern California location – coastal seaweeds and local walnuts create exfoliating scrubs, and seasoned estheticians provide professional peels and facials. The neighboring Alex Chases Salon, run by the famed San Francisco stylist of the same name, is renowned for its coloring services.