Geographically I know the town is a spot on the map off Hwy 101 near Gilroy. Eons ago it was the original highway referred to as Blood Alley – a busy narrow four-lane road, which handled the abundant north south travelers prior to the freeway project.
Glossy magazine ads for CordeValle resort intrigued me; I finally meandered my way barely an hour south, to discover this charming gem. Following GPS instructions, I reached a gated guardhouse in the midst of a gorgeous valley; brilliant flower gardens edged the road toward CordeValle. Derived from the Spanish phrase, “el Corazon del valle,“ meaning heart of the valley, this Rosewood property is set amidst the rolling hills and wide-open meadowland.
Arrival is efficient, doormen know your name, bags disappear and once inside the stunning entry hall, someone appears with a chilled frothy chocolate coffee beverage! The welcome, we adore the welcome. Stage set, leave your cares behind, you have arrived.
Only 45 rooms, actually all rooms are suite size, have patios and indoor fireplace. Some of the Villa bungalows offer an outdoor Jacuzzi – all rooms enjoy sensational views over the golf course extending to the majestic golden hills. Stunning accommodations punctuated with the brilliant art collection cultivated by the owner, Dr. Hasso Plattner. Art is strategically placed throughout the property, including sculptures amid the beautiful rose gardens. Many sitting spaces are thoughtfully situated about the property; abundant attention to detail. I was very impressed with the level of exceptional service – high staff ratio per guest.
Wildlife is copious, jackrabbits hopping through the swaying high pastures, an array of wild birds, exotic black and white Nuttall’s woodpeckers, starlings and mourning doves coo outside your terrace. Hiking – check, tennis – check, outstanding golf – check, super spa- check, and fine dining – check. Tournament level golf including Championship events take place on the links, highly rated by professional Golf publications.
A Rosewood property situated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, offering exceptional access, CordeValle is a superb location for a few days escape or a corporate offsite. Outstanding amenities including tennis, a luxury Sense spa, Tuscan inspired Clos La Chance winery and vineyard, and a 7,169-yard championship golf course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 45-room resort is a sanctuary. Forbes Four-Star Award.