41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705
I’m so excited that I can finally give you a recap of our epic spring break staycation at Claremont Club & Spa! We were initially really bummed that we couldn’t go to a destination resort like Hawaii or Florida for Bella’s spring break because I’ve been struggling with severe morning sickness (Yup, I’m 16 weeks pregnant!). But last minute I came up with the idea of doing a staycation and playing tourists in our own city. And what a fun fun decision it turned out!
Our staycation was honestly one of the most memorable experiences and it was all because of beautiful Claremont and the amazing hospitality throughout our stay. I called up the hotel and told them what I’d in mind and sure enough, they had a staycation package for families looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend spring break. More about it here, you’ll have to check it out because I know you’ll LOVE it. And below is details of how we spent our four days in paradise!
DAY 1: We arrived in the evening and were greeted with chilled champagne for hubby and I and a tray full of fruits, deserts and assortment of cheeses for the family. Our suite was huge and beautiful, with a breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay. That night, we wined and dined at Claremont’s famed Limewood Bar & Restaurant. We started off with the perfectly grilled and cane sugar-glazed skewered Gulf shrimp, cornmeal churros with jalapeno sauce and lamb tartare with mint and toasted shallots. For entrees, hubby had the roasted red snapper with sweet potato puree, braised leeks, oyster mushrooms and apple-balsamic, which he loved! And I had the warm asparagus salad, with toasted sesame seeds, house cured wild salmon and tahini vinaigrette. And they even had a separate kids menu for Bella!
At this point, we were stuffed but we still made room for dessert. The winner was the Lemon mousse Bombe with winter citrus and grapefruit-Camparisorbet. Oooh la la! Overall, we loved the approachable, seasonal, casual dishes they offered so we would definitely return here for a date night. After dinner, we descended to our suite because we’d a long day planned for the next day.
DAY 2: we kicked off day two with a huge and yummy breakfast on site at Meritage then went on a beautiful hike with a splendid views across Berkeley and Oakland, and beyond to San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Stonewall Panoramic Trail began right behind our hotel and was only about a mile an half long so we took Bella with us! After our hike, we spent our entire afternoon lounging by the pool. We didn’t even have to leave the pool area for lunch because Bayview Café was right there to serve us light bites and refreshing drinks all day. I spent my time unwinding and reading my magazines then fell asleep for a while. However, hubby and Bella spent the entire afternoon in and out of the three outdoor swimming pools. Bella especially enjoyed running through the sprinklers and making friends with the other kids in the kids’ pools.
Day 3: we decided to sleep in and have a relaxing breakfast in bed! And you guys! Can I just say that Claremont has the art of in-room dinning 110% down!? The service was world class and we were able to choose from a full menu of California-inspired cuisine, all prepared freshly for us. After breakfast, we spent few hours lounging at the pool again because Bella couldn’t wait to get back and play at the sprinklers with her new friends. Then we came back to our room to watch a movie and take a long nap.
After our nap, it was all about mommy and daddy, haha! We dropped off Bella at the Kids Club and we were off Claremont’s world class Spa for couples’ massage. At the desk, were were greeted with deliciously cool refreshments and keys to our lock rooms, where plush robes and slippers awaited. For the next 90 minutes, we let the pressures of life melt away while we drifted off, enjoying a custom massage side by side. I had the Therapeutic Relaxation massage and hubby had the Muscle Recovery Deep Tissue. After our massage, we went our separate ways to enjoy the Hydrotherapy Wellness Experiences, including eucalyptus steam rooms, saline whirlpools, saline deluge waterfall showers and and Swiss Therapy showers. After about another 90 minutes we reconnected at the Relaxation lounge where we enjoyed complimentary teas and juices. This was by far my favorite part of the trip because it gave us the perfect gift of time together.
Meanwhile at the Kids Club, the kids got their face painted and baked delicious vegan cookies they could take back to their room. When we went to pick Bella up three hours later, she was having so much fun that she didn’t want to leave! Finally, we got all dressed up and off we went to dinner at nearby Soi Four, one of the best Thai restaurants in Oakland.