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Jul 8, 2012
Cindy Peston

How to: hoofdhuidmassage tijdens het wassen van je haar

Win een heerlijke zomerse geur, Lady Rebel van Mango. De tonen van dit charmante parfum zijn een ware explosieve cocktail van rebellie, spontaniteit en jeugdigheid. Lekker fruitig met een mysterieuze ondertoon. Doe mee en win!

Jul 7, 2012
Cindy Peston

The Royal Hawaiian Offers Iconic Luxury on Waikiki Beach


Lest you get bored with all the sun and sea, The Royal Hawaiian has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a tour of the historic resort or learn to hula. Nearby on the island you can find golf courses, helicopter tours, dolphin experiences, parasailing, catamaran cruises, surfing and snorkeling. There is also plenty of fun for the little ones, with the Keiki (Childrens’) Center at the next-door Sheraton.

Whether you want to play in the sun or indulge in the spa, The Royal Hawaiian has something for everyone.


The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.923.7311
Royal-Hawaiian.com

Jul 6, 2012
Cindy Peston

In Ligurien den Charme Italiens entdecken

Sonstige News 21. Juni 2012

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Königswinter: Ligurien ist eine beliebte Küstenregion im Nordwesten von Italien. Zu Zeiten der Römer war diese Region bereits als „Liguria“ bekannt. Und Sie hat bis heute nichts von Ihrem Charme verloren. Die versteckte Toskana aus Königswinter bietet viele exklusive Unterkünfte in der Region Ligurien und vielen anderen Regionen Italiens.

Königswinter: Ligurien ist eine beliebte Küstenregion im Nordwesten von Italien. Zu Zeiten der Römer war diese Region bereits als “Liguria” bekannt. Und Sie hat bis heute nichts von Ihrem Charme verloren. Die versteckte Toskana aus Königswinter bietet viele exklusive Unterkünfte in der Region Ligurien und vielen anderen Regionen Italiens.

Die italienische Region Ligurien hat eine lange und traditionsreiche Geschichte, die bis auf die Zeiten der römischen Herrschaft zurückreicht. Städte wie Genua, San Remo und La Spezia werden Jahr für Jahr von vielen Millionen Touristen besucht. Die versteckte Toskana vermietet zahlreiche Ferienhäuser, Ferienwohnungen, Appartements und exklusive Villen in der Region Ligurien und zahlreichen anderen beliebten Regionen in Italien.

Das Klima Liguriens ist geprägt von sehr mediterranen Klimazonen, welches stark von den morphologischen Unterschieden der einzelnen Territorien beeinflusst wird. Zahlreiche unterschiedliche Ökosysteme sind das Resultat dieser Klimazonen und eine breite Vielfalt unterschiedlichster Tierarten prägen die Region und fast 70% der Landfläche Liguriens sind bewaldet. Die Nähe zur französischen Region Provence und der Toskana sorgen ebenfalls für eine erhöhte Vielfalt der Flora und Fauna.

Wer diese Region einmal entdecken möchte, der sollte sich ein Feriendomizil inmitten Liguriens mieten und die Region Stück für Stück erkunden. Zahlreiche kulturelle und historische Sehenswürdigkeiten warten auf ihre Besucher. Wer konkrete Informationen zu einem Ferienhaus, Schloss, einer Ferienwohnung oder einer Villa zur Miete benötigt, der kann unter www.verstecktetoskana.com alle relevanten Informationen bequem online abrufen. Alternativ kann man sich auch direkt telefonisch und per Email an das Unternehmen wenden.

Die Versteckte Toskana
Logebachstr. 5
53639 Königswinter
Email: info@verstecktetoskana.com
Web: www.verstecktetoskana.com
Tel: +49 (0)2223 908019
Fax: +49 (0)221 2711039

Die versteckte Toskana bietet seinen Besuchern eine Vielzahl schöner Feriendomizile in Italien an. Die Toskana, hierbei insbesondere Florenz und Siena, sind mit Ferienhäusern, Villen und Ferienwohnungen sehr gut vertreten. Aber auch andere Regionen in Italien bieten hervorragende Feriendomizile.
Die versteckte Toskana
Bettina Röhrig
Logebachstr. 5
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Jul 4, 2012
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Iconic Royal Hawaiian Offers Modern Luxury

Thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation, The Royal Hawaiian is setting new standards of luxury on the beautiful beaches of Waikiki on the island of Oahu. No longer just “The Pink Palace” The Royal Hawaiian is now a modern resort, with chic décor and unparalleled service.

As a landmark Luxury Collection Resort, commonly called the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” The Royal Hawaiian sits on the most prized part of the Waikiki beachfront. The property offers gold standard concierge service as well as doctors-on-call, florist, currency exchange service, Japanese, Chinese and German concierge, laundry and dry cleaning; world-class restaurants and bars, wireless Internet access in rooms and all public areas, bilingual staff, 24-hour room service, business center, and beach and pool services. No wonder The Royal Hawaiian has hosted international royalty, Hollywood elite and heads of state.

In 2010, massive renovations were completed, giving way to 528 rooms, including 34 suites of which 18 are oceanfront, 66,000 square feet of outdoor function space, 2,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, two pools, a private beachfront, fine dining, traditional Hawaiian entertainment and a full-service spa and salon.

Setting the stage for fine dining in Hawaii, The Royal Hawaiian offers Azure, a world-class seafood restaurant and Mai Tai Bar, where guests can mingle with fellow jetsetters while having a cocktail and looking out onto Waikiki beach. Surf Lanai, the hotel’s beach side, al fresco restaurant, serves breakfast and lunch amidst signature pink florals and breathtaking views of Diamond Head.

For a taste of Hawaiian culture, a Royal Hawaiian Lu’au is held every Monday night, giving guests a chance to go back in time to Hawaii’s rich history. The dinner show commemorates Hawaiian culture by beginning with traditional activities like kapa-making (cloth made of pounded bark), poi-pounding, and na lawai’a (tending of fishing tools). This is followed by dinner and entertainment and culminates with a hula song and dance.

If you need some royal relaxation, head to the Abhasa Spa for locally inspired treatments like the Lomi Lomi Massage, Abhasa Tropical Facial, Island Magic Body Treatment, as well as body wraps and cocoons, nail and hair salon services. Located in a garden oasis, you can have your choice of spa treatment amidst the stunning foliage.

Lest you get bored with all the sun and sea, The Royal Hawaiian has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a tour of the historic resort or learn to hula. Nearby on the island you can find golf courses, helicopter tours, dolphin experiences, parasailing, catamaran cruises, surfing and snorkeling. There is also plenty of fun for the little ones, with the Keiki (Childrens’) Center at the next-door Sheraton.

Whether you want to play in the sun or indulge in the spa, The Royal Hawaiian has something for everyone.

The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.923.7311
Royal-Hawaiian.com

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Jul 1, 2012
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Aruba bald erste Volkswirtschaft ohne fossile Brennstoffe?

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Die Karibikinsel Aruba will ihre Stromerzeugung auf 100 Prozent erneuerbare Ressourcen umstellen. Dies verkündete Arubas Premierminister Mike Eman zusammen mit Sir Richard Branson, dem Gründer der gemeinnützigen Vereinigung Carbon War Room während der UN-Konferenz Rio+20 in Brasilien. …

Die Karibikinsel Aruba will ihre Stromerzeugung auf 100 Prozent erneuerbare Ressourcen umstellen. Dies verkündete Arubas Premierminister Mike Eman zusammen mit Sir Richard Branson, dem Gründer der gemeinnützigen Vereinigung Carbon War Room während der UN-Konferenz Rio+20 in Brasilien. Gelingt der Versuch, wäre Aruba die erste Volkswirtschaft der Welt, die bei ihrer Energieversorgung ohne fossile Brennstoffe auskommt. Ein Plan, der auch für viele andere kleine Länder Modell stehen könnte.

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Premierminister Mike Eman erklärt: “Mein Ziel ist es, die soziale und wirtschaftliche Stabilität Arubas zu stärken und damit die Gesundheit und das Wohl unserer 107.000 Bürger zu verbessern. Wir machen einen großen Schritt in Richtung Nachhaltigkeit.”

Der Plan sieht neben einem intensiven Ausbau der lokalen Stromgewinnung durch Wind- und Solar-Anlagen auch Maßnahmen in anderen Wirtschaftsbereichen vor. Die Landwirtschaft soll rekultiviert werden. Ein zentraler Punkt hierbei ist die Wasserversorgung – heute gewinnt Aruba 100 Prozent seines Trinkwassers durch Meerwasser-Entsalzung. Private Haushalte und öffentliche Gebäuden werden in Hinblick auf effektiveren Stromverbrauch saniert. Der Transportsektor soll auf neue Technologien und schadstoffärmere Fahrzeuge setzen, um den CO2-Ausstoss zu senken.

Im Tourismus, dem größten Wirtschaftssektor Arubas, gilt es die richtige Balance zwischen Nachhaltigkeit auf der einen und den Anforderungen der internationalen Besucher auf der anderen Seite zu finden. Intelligente neue Konzepte sollen unter anderem touristische Gebiete Fußgänger-freundlicher machen. Im Zentrum der Hauptstadt Oranjestad laufen die Vorarbeiten für die erste Straßenbahn in den kleinen Antillen, nebenan wurde kürzlich der große Linear Park durch die holländische Königsfamilie eröffnet.

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Jun 29, 2012
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Ocean golf, fire pits and fine food at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay resort …

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay makes one that’s about as good as it gets.

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How else can you describe a 261-room luxury hotel sitting on the edge of a cliff, perched high above the black rocks jetting out of the Pacific Ocean and a half-hour south of San Francisco? This is the scene of romance novels, of links golf more akin to Ireland or Scotland than the United States. Of course, this is also the northern California coastline, next to one of the greatest and most dramatic surfing spots in the world.

And just to stay in character, the valets who greet you upon arrival — and there are many of them at the Ritz-Carlton — are dressed in plus fours like you might see at St Andrews. A bagpiper also reels in the evening to complete the old world golf coastal experience.

Opened in 2001, this six-story castle-like resort is quite simply an escape to another time and another environment. And it has all the modern conveniences — high-speed internet, flat-screen high-definition TVs in the rooms and luxurious bathrooms that offer both large soaking tubs and separate showers.

If you’re looking for bargains, this isn’t your resort. Luxury value, however, is another story. Ritz-Carlton employees are highly trained in guest relations. It may seem a little over the top to some, but the staff strives to please each guest.

But the real star here is outdoors. There are two golf courses — the Old Course, an Arnold Palmer/Francis Duane parkland design that opened in 1973, and the Ocean Course, a 1997 Arthur Hills creation that plays through the elements with ocean views from virtually every tee.

The latter isn’t true links, but it’s close enough. You have to consider the wind on almost every tee shot, every approach, so bumping the ball down the fairway and onto the greens isn’t just an option, it’s smart. That certainly qualifies as links golf.

But more than that, you’ll be awestruck by the views, not just from the Ocean Course but also from the last couple of holes of the Old Course. In fact, the 18th on the Old Course, which plays up to the hotel alongside the Pacific, offers the best views of any of the 36 holes. It’s sort of like the Old Course at St Andrews; there’s always a gallery behind the 18th green as you finish your round, except at Half Moon Bay, they’re sitting in wooden Adirondack chairs, sipping a cocktail by a warm fire pit.

As one golfer said, “You find yourself taking a deep breath around here as you look out at the scenery. It hardly seems real.”

Indeed, the views are breathtaking on both sides, though the Ocean Course certainly has more of them. With its fairways separated by coastal mounding and native grasses, the windswept Ocean Course is the side that gets the most acclaim. It also hosted the 2008 LPGA Samsung World Championship, which was won by Paula Creamer.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links has been a regular site for U.S. Open men’s and women’s qualifiers. The golf resort also features a clubhouse with a full-service pro shop and the popular ocean-view restaurant, Mullins Bar Grill, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual fireside dining setting.

The spectacular scenery, of course, isn’t limited to the 18th on the Old Course, or even the back nine on the Ocean Course. It continues inside this magnificent hotel as well.

The Ritz-Carlton is a AAA “Five Diamond,” Conde Nast “Gold List” hotel property, which means the best of everything, starting with the rooms, 71 of which have views of the coast. Forty rooms, located on the first floor looking back to the Ocean Course, have their own fire pits. There are also a dozen cottage rooms, away from the main building, which not only have fire pits but also are pet friendly (translation: you can bring your dog).

Ah, the spa at Half Moon Bay

As you might expect, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay offers a top-tier spa. One aspect that sets it apart from some other resorts is that all guests have access to it, whether they schedule a spa treatment or not. That means access to the co-ed Roman mineral bath and steam room, group exercise classes and a fitness center.

“Many of our guests are so mesmerized with our spectacular views that they forget we have a world-class spa,” said Jay Heidenreich, director of sales and marketing.

Services include treatment like the Ocean Mist Stone Massage, Lomi Lomi Massage and the Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Body Treatment.

There’s also a world-class tennis center, where you can get rackets, balls and lessons. There are hiking trails along the bluffs, Segway Tours, horseback riding and, if you’re really adventurous, surfing. As alluded to earlier, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s premier surfing spots. The resort can provide all the gear you need, including wetsuits, boards and even instruction.

Ritz-Carlton dining

Dining is also a special experience at the resort, from the Conservatory Lounge, which provides ocean-view dining, to the high-end Navio Restaurant, which provides one of the best dining experiences in northern California. With a menu that changes with the seasons, Navio serves up true farm-to-table entrees and vegetables, including fresh salad beets that won’t remind you of the canned atrocities your mom forced you to eat growing up.

The menu ranges from freshly caught halibut and California King Salmon to the staple braised 48-hour short-rib, which remains a customer favorite. The menu is also complemented by a wine collection directed by one of California’s best sommeliers. That wine collection can also be appreciated at the resort’s wine-tasting room, called ENO.

And in case you can’t get enough at dinner or in the wine-tasting room, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay also has something called The Fire Wine Butler, which roves the resort with a specially provisioned golf cart and provides on-the-spot fire and wine service to guests enjoying the outdoors.

Head into town

Although the resort is certainly all-inclusive, guests should certainly venture into the town of Half Moon Bay for a coffee, a meal or a little shopping.

Once known as Spanishtown, Half Moon Bay is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, dating back to the 1840s. It’s home to one of the largest pumpkin festivals in the world every October, has plenty of local fruit stands, wine tasting, farms and interesting crafts shops.

The restaurant scene is also terrific, offering everything from outstanding sushi and lobster rolls to Huevos Rancheros so good that it’s offered for lunch and dinner.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 15 years in the golf industry. Before joining the WorldGolf.com team in 2008, he held positions at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Read Mike’s golf blog here and follow him on Twitter here.


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UH at Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 27-July 8)

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The University of Hawaii will be among 20 public land-grant universities to be featured June 27-July 8 in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act that paved the way for higher education for rural and working class Americans.

This year’s Festival is being presented in partnership with APLU, the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. Close to 80 UH delegates and community partners will travel to the nation’s capitol to celebrate the best in indigenous culture and modern science and demonstrate that the two worlds are being bridged through educational and community outreach.

“It is a great honor to have a place of prominence in this sesquicentennial celebration of the creation of public land grant universities in the nation,” said University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood. “America’s system of higher education is second to none and this is a unique opportunity for us at the University of Hawaii to showcase how truly excellent our programs are and to be on a national stage at a historic and unrepeatable moment.”

UH’s participation in the Folklife Festival is made possible through the following generous sponsors: the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Convention Center, University of Hawaii Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution; and in-kind support from other local businesses and the UH Alumni chapters in the Washington, D.C. area.

An estimated 1.5 million people visit the festival and enjoy some of the highlights of UH’s presentations below:

* Hale Mauli Ola exhibits will share traditional health and healing practices and feature lomi lomi (massage) demonstrations, discussions on nutrition, obesity and traditional Hawaiian physical activity such as makahiki games. Nutrition advocate Dr. Claire Hughes and cultural practitioner Gordon “Umi” Kai will be among the experts on hand.

* A mini lo’i kalo (taro patch) where experts like Makahiapo Cashman, Ka Papa Lo‘i O Kanewai, will share their knowledge of plants used for food, medicine and clothing. There will be a medicinal herb display and an organic farming exhibit to be hosted by MA‘O Organic Farms. Organic farmer Derrick Kiyabu and youth leadership fellows will lead discussions and demonstrations.

* Presentations on non-instrument navigation and the Hawaiian star compass chart by way-finding expert Kalepa “Chad” Baybayan of the voyaging canoe Hokulea and the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo will accompany free screenings of Imiloa’s new “Awesome Light” planetarium visual presentation at the Air and Space Museum’s Einstein Planetarium, by special engagement.

* Hawaii Community College’s Kumu Hula Taupouri Tangaro and his 25-member halau Unukupukupu, will share Hawaiian culture, history and traditions through oli (chant), mele (song) and hula (dance). “If the people walk away realizing that hula is not so much entertainment as it is a process of transformation, I’ll be satisfied. We want people to see for themselves how we are creating leadership models and academic success using this 2,000-year-old story,” Tangaro said.

* From the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, the Tuahine Troupe, under the leadership of Professor and Kumu Hula Keawe Lopes, will provide an unforgettable journey through Hawaii’s musical and hula heritage, with instrumental, vocal, and dance presentations on the large stage, at intimate venues under the “UH tent” and at the prestigious Kennedy Center in a special Folklife Festival performance.

* The UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will feature its outreach and research work in aquaponics, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and honeybees/crop pollination. CTAHR is one of the world’s leaders in these fields and in tropical agricultural systems – natural contemporary outgrowths of Hawaiian traditional and indigenous sustainable knowledge.

* Auntie Naomi Losch, Hawaiian Language professor with UH Manoa, will present language lessons and discuss the value of an indigenous culture’s language, how its identity, history and world view are all contained within this oral tradition. She will also share how the university has played a critical role in the revitalization and perpetuation of the olelo Hawaii.

* The John A. Burns School of Medicine, through its Department of Native Hawaiian Health and community partners, will discuss several community-based health interventions. Mele Look, on behalf of The Queen’s Medical Center and university partnership, will discuss the benefits that cardiac patients saw while participating in a 12-week hula class as part of a cardiac rehabilitation program. Dr. Claire Hughes, on behalf of the PILI Ohana community-academic partnership, will share a community-based and led project to eliminate obesity and diabetes in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Hawaii to be on the national and world stage. It will also give the university and its festival delegates the unique opportunity to learn from and connect with other cultures and people and pave the way for greater collaboration far beyond this summer’s Festival.

“One of our core missions is to become the model indigenous serving educational institution in the U.S. Our presenters and performers will be personally and interactively sharing the culture and traditions of our home land and also demonstrating how science and academics provide a bridge from the past to the future,” Greenwood said. “The theme ‘Campus and Community’ must be evident in everything we do. That’s why we’re taking our community partners up with us to show how we serve our community as a land grant university. We will endeavor to be worthy representatives of this special institution and all it means to the people of Hawaii.”

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* Sunday, June 24: Kamehameha Statue Draping Ceremony
Emancipation Hall, Capitol Visitors Center

* Tuesday, June 26: Unukupukupu special performance
Library of Congress

* Wednesday, June 27: Opening Ceremonies, Folklife Festival 2012

* Thursday, June 28: Hawaii Mahalo Reception hosted by Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and Governor Neil Abercrombie

* Friday, July 6: Tuahine Troupe special performance
The Kennedy Center

 

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Jun 27, 2012
Cindy Peston

Das Hotel Baginski & Chabinka Spa in Miedzyzdroje hat sein …

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Jun 15, 2012
Cindy Peston

Ocean golf, fire pits and fine food at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay …

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — They say you only have one chance to make a first impression. The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay makes one that’s about as good as it gets.

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How else can you describe a 261-room luxury hotel sitting on the edge of a cliff, perched high above the black rocks jetting out of the Pacific Ocean and a half-hour south of San Francisco? This is the scene of romance novels, of links golf more akin to Ireland or Scotland than the United States. Of course, this is also the northern California coastline, next to one of the greatest and most dramatic surfing spots in the world.

And just to stay in character, the valets who greet you upon arrival — and there are many of them at the Ritz-Carlton — are dressed in plus fours like you might see at St Andrews. A bagpiper also reels in the evening to complete the old world golf coastal experience.

Opened in 2001, this six-story castle-like resort is quite simply an escape to another time and another environment. And it has all the modern conveniences — high-speed internet, flat-screen high-definition TVs in the rooms and luxurious bathrooms that offer both large soaking tubs and separate showers.

If you’re looking for bargains, this isn’t your resort. Luxury value, however, is another story. Ritz-Carlton employees are highly trained in guest relations. It may seem a little over the top to some, but the staff strives to please each guest.

But the real star here is outdoors. There are two golf courses — the Old Course, an Arnold Palmer/Francis Duane parkland design that opened in 1973, and the Ocean Course, a 1997 Arthur Hills creation that plays through the elements with ocean views from virtually every tee.

The latter isn’t true links, but it’s close enough. You have to consider the wind on almost every tee shot, every approach, so bumping the ball down the fairway and onto the greens isn’t just an option, it’s smart. That certainly qualifies as links golf.

But more than that, you’ll be awestruck by the views, not just from the Ocean Course but also from the last couple of holes of the Old Course. In fact, the 18th on the Old Course, which plays up to the hotel alongside the Pacific, offers the best views of any of the 36 holes. It’s sort of like the Old Course at St Andrews; there’s always a gallery behind the 18th green as you finish your round, except at Half Moon Bay, they’re sitting in wooden Adirondack chairs, sipping a cocktail by a warm fire pit.

As one golfer said, “You find yourself taking a deep breath around here as you look out at the scenery. It hardly seems real.”

Indeed, the views are breathtaking on both sides, though the Ocean Course certainly has more of them. With its fairways separated by coastal mounding and native grasses, the windswept Ocean Course is the side that gets the most acclaim. It also hosted the 2008 LPGA Samsung World Championship, which was won by Paula Creamer.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links has been a regular site for U.S. Open men’s and women’s qualifiers. The golf resort also features a clubhouse with a full-service pro shop and the popular ocean-view restaurant, Mullins Bar Grill, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual fireside dining setting.

The spectacular scenery, of course, isn’t limited to the 18th on the Old Course, or even the back nine on the Ocean Course. It continues inside this magnificent hotel as well.

The Ritz-Carlton is a AAA “Five Diamond,” Conde Nast “Gold List” hotel property, which means the best of everything, starting with the rooms, 71 of which have views of the coast. Forty rooms, located on the first floor looking back to the Ocean Course, have their own fire pits. There are also a dozen cottage rooms, away from the main building, which not only have fire pits but also are pet friendly (translation: you can bring your dog).

Ah, the spa at Half Moon Bay

As you might expect, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay offers a top-tier spa. One aspect that sets it apart from some other resorts is that all guests have access to it, whether they schedule a spa treatment or not. That means access to the co-ed Roman mineral bath and steam room, group exercise classes and a fitness center.

“Many of our guests are so mesmerized with our spectacular views that they forget we have a world-class spa,” said Jay Heidenreich, director of sales and marketing.

Services include treatment like the Ocean Mist Stone Massage, Lomi Lomi Massage and the Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Body Treatment.

There’s also a world-class tennis center, where you can get rackets, balls and lessons. There are hiking trails along the bluffs, Segway Tours, horseback riding and, if you’re really adventurous, surfing. As alluded to earlier, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s premier surfing spots. The resort can provide all the gear you need, including wetsuits, boards and even instruction.

Ritz-Carlton dining

Dining is also a special experience at the resort, from the Conservatory Lounge, which provides ocean-view dining, to the high-end Navio Restaurant, which provides one of the best dining experiences in northern California. With a menu that changes with the seasons, Navio serves up true farm-to-table entrees and vegetables, including fresh salad beets that won’t remind you of the canned atrocities your mom forced you to eat growing up.

The menu ranges from freshly caught halibut and California King Salmon to the staple braised 48-hour short-rib, which remains a customer favorite. The menu is also complemented by a wine collection directed by one of California’s best sommeliers. That wine collection can also be appreciated at the resort’s wine-tasting room, called ENO.

And in case you can’t get enough at dinner or in the wine-tasting room, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay also has something called The Fire Wine Butler, which roves the resort with a specially provisioned golf cart and provides on-the-spot fire and wine service to guests enjoying the outdoors.

Head into town

Although the resort is certainly all-inclusive, guests should certainly venture into the town of Half Moon Bay for a coffee, a meal or a little shopping.

Once known as Spanishtown, Half Moon Bay is the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, dating back to the 1840s. It’s home to one of the largest pumpkin festivals in the world every October, has plenty of local fruit stands, wine tasting, farms and interesting crafts shops.

The restaurant scene is also terrific, offering everything from outstanding sushi and lobster rolls to Huevos Rancheros so good that it’s offered for lunch and dinner.

Mike BaileyMike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 15 years in the golf industry. Before joining the WorldGolf.com team in 2008, he held positions at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Read Mike’s golf blog here and follow him on Twitter here.


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