Cavallo Point

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Multi-house military marvel
Cavallo Point in California, sister property to Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn, is a historic boutique hotel spread across old officers’ quarters and solar-panelled new builds just south of the shops and seafood of Sausalito.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).

The hotel is in a national park so there’s adventure all around. Rent a kayak from Sea Trek (+1 415 332 8494; and paddle your way around the bay. Ask a hotel guide to show you the sights of the Golden Gate National Park, or make your way to Alcatraz for a tour of the incarceration island.

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