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Cavallo Point Lodge

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Charming, historical property
- Spa & Healing Centre, cookery classes
- Relaxed hikes & lots of activities nearby

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Overview

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.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.95/5)

  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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