- Stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Charming, historical property
- Spa & Healing Centre, cookery classes
- Relaxed hikes & lots of activities nearby
Named after the wild horses that once roamed the area, Cavallo Point Lodge is a luxury property with stunning views of San Francisco’s majestic Golden Gate Bridge. It’s located in the Fort Baker area in one of the world’s largest urban parks, formerly an army post directly north of the bridge that’s now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The lodge is in an ideal location for anyone looking to visit San Francisco, discover this vibrant city’s many attractions and learn about its long, fascinating history.
For accommodation, there’s a superb choice of traditional or contemporary rooms and suites. The handsomely furnished historic suites, which have been lovingly preserved and restored over the years, are dotted across several different buildings which once functioned as residences for army officers. Perched on the hillside amid lovely, green surroundings, many of these rooms/suites offer views of the renowned bridge and city skyline. Alternatively, contemporary rooms and suites are offered in buildings designed with all the latest environmentally-friendly principles in mind. Despite their very sleek, modern feel, these rooms have been cleverly designed to blend right in with the lodge’s historical feel.
There are plenty of on-site amenities to make use of. The Murray Circle Restaurant specialises in Northern Californian cuisine and is open daily for three meals; in fact, it’s well known as one of the top fine dining restaurants in the Bay Area. There’s also Farley Bar which serves lighter meals and an assortment of classy drinks. Those after some cookery tips can take part in lessons offered by the lodge’s very own, well-equipped cooking school which offers a varied line-up of classes and programs for people of all experience levels. There’s also the Healing Arts Center & Spa, which offers not only a good selection of spa treatments, but also enrichment workshops, a well-stocked tea bar and relaxed hikes.
Children are welcome and the lodge’s parade ground lawn is a great place for families to enjoy some laid-back time together, plus there’s loads to do in the wider locality. The waterfront area and nearby Muir Forest are well worth exploring, as is the Bay Area Discovery Museum, which has been recognised as a top museum for children. There’s also Slide Ranch, which is home to friendly farm animals, and the Exploratorium, a fascinating collection of exhibits and displays. Both the lodge and the Fort Baker area have a very family friendly atmosphere. Visits to San Francisco proper are also very popular, and transportation to and from the city can be arranged.
We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!
Jennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
Both hotels were excellent. Sari Konak is in a superb location for visiting all the iconic sights. Our family suite was spacious, newly decorated and very clean. There was a separate room for our son and a kitchenette with ‘fridge and kettle. Good choice at breakfast and served on lovely roof terrace. Great views of Bosphorus. One evening, we caught the commuter ferry to Kadikoy for an evening meal. A great option if there isn’t time to fit in a Bosphorus cruise. Also recommend The Old House restaurant which is very close to the hotel. We were in Istanbul during Ramadan so there was a family atmosphere in the city late into the night.
Esbelli Evi was delightful; a huge cave suite, great character, two bathrooms, sitting room and kitchenette with a fridge well stocked with beers and soft drinks. Private, quiet courtyard with gate to communal areas. Breakfast choice was really good and plenty of outdoor seating. Easy walk into village. Favourite options for dinner were Ziggys (stylish outdoor roof terrace) and Urgup Pide (popular with locals).
Really must mention owner Suha Ersoz and his staff - all of whom are extremely kind and helpful.
All our transfers went smoothly. Our driver and guide (Gaia) in Cappadocia were excellent and our itinerary was fast paced and interesting. Lunch options were great, especially on the river at Ilhara. A highlight for me was spitting a wild tortoise!
Balloon flight with Kapadokya Balloons was well worth the money and well organised.
Tim S reviewing Istanbul & Cappadocia Family Holiday on 07 June 2019