By Laura Ness
A sensational seaside experience needs one very important thing to cap it off, and that’s a great place to stay, of which there are none remaining in old San Simeon, once a bustling stage stop with hotels and saloons on the way to Cambria and points south. So, head south a couple of miles to San Simeon, where a number of lodging options present themselves. One of the nicest and best-equipped is the Cavalier Resort, smack dab on the ocean. Most of the rooms have private balconies, there’s a restaurant with room service, the views are hedonistic, and the soundtrack cannot be beat: the relentless pounding of the surf energizes and relaxes at the same time.
There are two pools and hot tubs, a day spa, sand lots for volleyball, and three big fire pits that are lit every evening for surf watching at and after sunset. With 90 guest rooms and 900 feet of oceanfront property to enjoy, this place is plenty roomy and the rooms, especially those right on the water, are spacious and well laid out. There are minibars and refrigerators, as well as coffeemakers, and the oceanfront rooms also have fireplaces with sawdust discs that actually burn rather well. The bed was extremely comfy, with a great assortment of pillows and linens, and the furniture was perfect for in-room relaxing and just staring out at the ocean.
A fiery sunset view from the balcony of your room. Photo by Laura Ness
Beach frontl view from the room at the Cavalier Oceanfront Resort. Photo by Laura Ness
And the sunset! It was an overcast day when I stayed there, so the sky lit up like fireworks and the laser light show went on forever, like a fiery kaleidoscope with a neon backdrop. Everyone was taking pictures, and if it weren’t for the absolute roar of the ocean, you’d have gone deaf from the sound of flashes going off. We sat, drop-jawed, sipping on a fabulous bottle (ok, two) of Halter Ranch Cote de Paso Blanc, a white Rhone blend that’s as soft as flannel in the mouth, yet with vibrant flavors that give it amazing depth and range, like Mariah Carey on a roll.
Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is located at 9415 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, California 93452. Call 805.927.4688, or for toll-free reservations1.800.826.8168. For complete information visit their website at www.cavalierresort.com.