San Martin, California
What it is
A 1,700-acre Craftsman-style resort in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
What it isn't
Monotonous. The activities list is extensive, whether you’re a golfer, tennis whiz, oenophile or just plain sybarite.
What we think
Slung between the Santa Cruz Mountains like a hand-tooled saddle on a horse, Rosewood CordeValle could satisfy any hardened cowherd. But this is no dusty dude ranch. Golf reigns—the 260-acre championship course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., regularly hosts PGA tournaments. The on-site herb and vegetable gardens translate to freshest possible food (even in California) and the acclaimed Clos LaChance winery is right next door. Sense Spa is home to only-in-a-wine-region treatments like grapeseed scrubs. And the 44 rooms themselves couldn’t be cozier, with goose down comforters, fireplaces and deep soaking tubs.
You're here because
It’s a decidedly grown up version of other nearby ranches. The Rose Buds for children program ensures all ages are pampered, but you won’t feel like you’re languishing in a kiddie pool.
You’ve had tasting menus before, of course, but never like this—at a table for two lovingly arranged under a tree in the grassy foothills, five courses by Chef Victor Palma and sommelier-selected wine pairings. Candles flickering, eyelashes fluttering…
A half hour south of San Jose, and that’s the point. You’re meant to feel far removed from the “real world”—and you do.
Il Vigneto - Classic Italian cuisine with California inspiration
Lion’s Peak Grill - Casual dining, located beside the golf shop in a casual outdoor patio setting
One Iron Bar - Contemporary California cuisine with local ingredients as well as specialty drinks, wines and international spirits