The perfect romantic weekend! The soft king bed with stunning views out to a balcony hanging over the rocks, and below that, the sparkling sea. The bathtub (a thermo masseur bain ultra ayoura) built for two; with the same views, natch! A boardwalk through the trees, leading to my tent….
A tent? Yes, technically. But the tents at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort are right up my alley.
These luxury “tenthouse suites” are perched above the rocks and greenery on a hill sloping down to the sea at Halfmoon Bay. They have high ceilings and a fan to push the warm air down in winter, and to cool you in summer. There’s a toasty fireplace and even toastier heated floors if the nights are cool. There’s a dual rain/wand shower (with a view too), and don’t forget the giant bathtub. Each tent also has a fridge, coffee station, and music player (no tv), and several seating and lounging choices to admire the spectacular views from the sunny balcony. If you’re shy, note that the WC is separated from the rest of your tent just by a fabric-covered sliding door.
Up at the main lodge (where there are also rooms, as well as not-quite-as-glam cabins), there’s a wonderful restaurant which focuses on local, organic, seasonal products. During the light-filled evenings of summer, the dinner-time view over the swimming pool and out to the Pacific must be incredible. If you want to escape your tenthouse suite (though why would you?!), Rockwater has a sauna and spa (an ayurvedic massage in one of the tented suites, yes please!), you can rent bikes and kayaks, play beach volleyball and horseshoes, admire the gardens and see what the tide brings in.
Continuing on the romance note, Rockwater would be an ideal place to host a wedding. The 13 tenthouse suites, 11 ocean-side cabins, 9 ocean-view rooms, and 5 lodge suites can accommodate 109 overnight guests. There’s a perfect spot for the ceremony looking out over the sea, and the resort provides a wedding coordinator to ensure everything is just how you want it. There’s even a bride’s dressing room near the pool so no one will see your dress!
If you need a break from romance, Rockwater would also be a perfect solo retreat to relax and recharge.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort won’t be a secret for much longer — you’d best book in advance to enjoy its charms on weekends and in summer.