Need To Know
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $399.00, excluding tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $25.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude breakfast (from US$12) and a 14 per cent national park fee.
Dog-friendly rooms with bed and bowls are available for US$75 extra. The hotel hosts regular cookery classes, with visiting guests invited to share their expertise.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, free WiFi throughout, yoga and guided weekend hikes. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock and Organic Luxury bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Pick between historic and contemporary: the former are housed in whitewashed former military quarters, perfect for fans of cosiness. If it’s Golden Gate views you’re after, go for a contemporary room with a deck.
As part of the Healing Arts Center and Spa, there’s an outdoor meditation area, equipped with a small heated pool (for guests 16 and older), shower and springy-grassed garden.
This is a land of Indian Summers, and it’s often far warmer in September and October. A handbag-size sweater will always be useful – the fog can roll in at any moment.
Aside from the superior treatments, the serene spa has its own tea bar, where guests can order frozen Mayan cacao, goji berry and lime coladas and freshly made soup (but don't worry, sweet tooths can still enjoy a pastry-fuelled afternoon tea).
All ages are welcome, and the restaurant has a dedicated children’s menu. Cribs and extra (blow-up) beds can be provided free. Babysitting costs US$20 an hour, plus a 35 per cent agency service charge, four-hour minimum.