This Nature-Filled Resort in California Is The Perfect City Escape

Those visiting Silicon Valley (or its surrounding areas) should schedule some rest and relaxation at Rosewood Sand Hill. Dubbed a favorite by executives from every major technology company, it’s the perfect nature-filled retreat. The Bay Area getaway, which is situated on 16 acres of private grounds, has gorgeous grounds. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains, an abundance of greenery, and a fantastic art collection are all highlights of the experience. 

Whether you head for a weekend getaway or longer term stay, you’ll be housed in one of the 123 rooms or suites. All feature balconies or terraces, each with views of the mountains or the verdant onsite gardens. The room sizes start at 500 square feet, so you’ll have plenty of space. But the interiors fit seamlessly into the natural landscape, thanks to neutral-toned hues and a seemingly ‘California’ inspired design.  Plus, some suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings.

When it’s time for a bite, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Madera, the award-winning onsite restaurant that emphasizes the use of fresh local ingredients and flavors from its wood-fired grill. The spot also has a wine list with over 1,200 different offerings. Lighter bites are served at The Pool Garden Terrace or at the property’s signature afternoon tea service. A nightcap or glass of wine can be grabbed at the Library & Bar’s cozy indoor space or outdoor areas, which feature fireplaces. 

During the day, take a dip in the large outdoor pool or dip into the jacuzzi, both of which are surrounded by olive treats. The 17,000 Sense Spa is another great place to visit, offering incredible. Off-property, a horseback ride at the Glenoaks Equestrian Center, a hike in the nearby mountains, or a visit to the open-air Stanford Shopping Center are other great alternatives. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Menlo Park, California 

Rating: Five-Star

The Vibe: A scenic California retreat. 

Food + Drink: Start and end the day in Madera, an award-winning restaurant with American cuisine. For light bites, The Pool Garden Terrace has delicious options. A midday glass of wine or evening cocktail should be enjoyed alongside light bites in the Library & Bar’s cozy indoor or outdoor areas. 

Amenities: fitness center and spa; room service; wifi, luxury bath toiletries, outdoor pool and jacuzzi 

Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The expansive property features a gorgeous outdoor pool and incredible nature. 

What’s Nearby? Palo Alto, Glenoaks Equestrian Center, Stanford University, the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Any personal neighborhood recs? The Stanford Shopping Center: an open-air market with more than 140 different shops and restaurants. 

Rooms: 121 rooms and suites 

Pricing: Rooms start at $850/a night 

Closest Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 

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