Where To Stay

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Nes­tled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Moun­tains, this peace­ful lux­ury hide­away is ideally lo­cated to ex­plore the re­gion. Less than two kilo­me­tres from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity at the gate­way to Sil­i­con Val­ley, this re­sort-like prop­erty is only 55 kilo­me­tres south of San Fran­cisco, so after a day of sight­see­ing there you can re­treat to its tree-lined pool, wal­low in the out­door whirlpool or en­joy a sun­set jog around 6.5 hectares of land­scaped gar­dens. Even the spa menu has a Cal­i­for­nian vibe, with scrubs and lo­tions made from lo­cally sourced wal­nuts and sea­weed. Be sure to dine at the ho­tel’s Miche­lin-starred restau­rant, Madera, where a har­vest of the sea­son’s fresh­est sus­tain­able lo­cal pro­duce is mas­ter­fully crafted into beau­ti­fully pre­sented com­fort food us­ing wood-burn­ing ovens (madera means wood in Span­ish). Ask one of the four full-time som­me­liers to help you choose from more than 2,300 wines, a col­lec­tion given the high­est recog­ni­tion for ex­cel­lence by Wine Spec­ta­tor mag­a­zine last year. Try the Monte Bello Chardon­nay from award-win­ning lo­cal win­ery Ridge Vine­yards with a dish of pan-seared bar­ra­mundi, cel­ery root, camomile and fen­nel. Guests are also in­vited to play at nearby Stan­ford Golf Course, the renowned course where Tiger Woods and Tom Wat­son de­vel­oped their games while play­ing on the Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity golf team.

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