In early 2001, The Athens Group completed construction of a 261-room luxury Ritz-Carlton Resort in Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon Bay is a rural coastal community located 28 miles south of San Francisco. The resort lies 45 minutes from San Francisco, San Jose and Silicon Valley and 30 minutes from San Francisco International Airport. This destination resort is the only golf resort in the San Francisco Bay area. The hotel was awarded Best New Hotel 2001 by the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. In 2002 and 2003 the hotel also received the prestigious 5 Diamond Award.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is a spectacular oceanfront project on 14.4 acres and features a 209-room main hotel lodge as well as three Guest Houses containing an additional 52 hotel rooms and suites. The main lodge also contains 17,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 7,100-square-foot ballroom. Food and beverage facilities include Navio, the hotel's signature restaurant, and The Conservatory, a casual lounge with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The 15,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa is located on the lower level of the main lodge, also overlooking the ocean. The hotel is situated between the 18th holes of two oceanfront championship golf courses, the Links Course designed by Arthur Hills & Associates, and the Old Course originally designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer and recently redesigned and renovated by Arthur Hills. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton have priority access to each of these golf courses.
The Half Moon Bay project, designed in the style of a traditional Northern California coastal mansion, was developed in partnership with Vestar Development Company and an investment fund sponsored by Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, Inc. Because of the significant barriers to entry in California, including coastal development barriers, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay is most likely the last oceanfront destination resort to be developed in Northern California.