The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay

VERIFIED LUXURY
Golfers will be taken in by the 36-hole oceanfront course at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, but its 16,000-square-foot The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay is equally impressive. Wind down with a coed, candlelit Roman mineral bath, or lounge in the oceanfront Jacuzzi. The signature pumpkin body peel delivers the nourishing benefits of this local treat. The well-equipped fitness center overlooks the ocean and the gazebo lawn, which also includes a heated yoga studio.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Massages at the glamourous spa run the gamut from neuromuscular to Reiki and everything in-between.

• Wraps are like the icing on the cake - after a massage or facial, the wrap is the final layer of goodness.

• Therapists will consult with you briefly before the treatment begins to determine what techniques will work best for your body.

• For any body treatment you receive at the renowned spa, you have a choice between four wrap scents: pumpkin spice, calming lavender, coastal cabernet and sweet chardonnay.

• Just sit back and relax while a pair of therapists erase the collective tension you have been carrying with you. You’ll feel 10 times lighter when you leave.
Things to Know
• Schedule a relaxing afternoon in the Bay Area by calling the spa at directly and setting up an appointment with the front desk, or by taking matters into your own hands and making a reservation online on the spa’s website.

• Also online you’ll find the complete spa menu along with packages, monthly specials and new treatments so you can decide what you want before you make an appointment.

• The Ritz-Carlton Spa will charge you the full price of your treatment if you cancel your appointment six hours or less ahead of the scheduled time.

• For reservations that require more preparation, including packages such as the Wine Country Tour — which consists of a body treatment, a facial, a mani-pedi, shampoo and hair styling — or private parties, the luxury spa requests at least 24 hours advance notice for cancellations, unless you’ve worked out a contract that says otherwise.
The Treatments
• In addition to the traditional massage treatments, clinical techniques are used in the sports massage to relax athletes’ tight muscles and soothe joints.

• Opt for something a little more exotic — a Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage, which incorporates the ancient Chinese art of reflexology or a poultice of warm turmeric, camphor and lemongrass herbs first used in 14th-century Thailand.

• Amid all these distinctive treatments at the Four-Star spa, there are also a few old standbys on the menu, including hot stones, scalp massage and a customized massage designed by your therapist specifically for you.

• The Renew treatment starts off with an exfoliation, after which you’ll be cocooned in a warm, vitamin-enriched mask while your therapist massages your scalp.

• During Carita’s Luminous Body Facial, after a dry-brushing, you’ll be enveloped in a mask, followed by a facial, scalp massage and finished off with hydrating body oil.
Getting There
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, California 94019
TEL650-712-7040