Case Study

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Modern Luxury by the Sea Recalls 19th Century Lodge Grandeur

Half Moon Bay, California, USA

The Challenge

A magnificent oceanfront location perched high on a cliff along northern California’s rocky coastline called for nothing less than an equally stunning resort to create an unrivaled guest experience. A place to take in breathtaking ocean views, sumptuous amenities or a libation enjoyed in front of an outdoor fire at sunset: a resort that captures the magic of memories made; a place guests would long to return.

The Design Solution

The grand resort evokes the historical splendor of 19th century seaside lodges in resplendent modern luxury, replete with subtle design touches that brings historical nuances forward for guests to discover and enjoy. Picturesque dormers, gables and chimneys form a striking silhouette against an endless sky. Guestrooms feature French doors and terraces, opening to a sweeping golf course and infinite Pacific Ocean views.

The Design Impact

Completed in 2001, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay has become a San Francisco Bay Area treasure and coveted destination for locals and visitors alike from around the world who are attracted to the region for its outdoor recreation, famed wine country, spectacular scenery and culinary distinction. The resort’s popularity is demonstrated in its perennial inclusion in online resort recommendation blogs and editor’s choice lists.

Project Features

  • 261 guestrooms
  • Three ocean-view dining venues
  • 6,000 square-foot (557 sm) spa
  • 17,000 square feet (1,579 sm) of indoor meeting space
  • 180-degree ocean views
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Coastal bike and hiking trails