The America’s Cup is coming to San Francisco, here’s where to eat, sleep, and play!
In the ultimate battle of the best yacht clubs and sailors in the world, the 34th America’s Cup brings the challenge for the oldest active trophy in international sports back to the U.S. for the first time in 18 years. ORACLE TEAM USA owner Larry Ellison, who is no stranger to the finest things in life, is ecstatic to have the event take place in his back yard. The August and October 2012 events in San Francisco, as well as those planned for 2013, mark the first time that the America’s Cup teams race in the host city, which will reach its zenith in the Bay’s natural amphitheater. A private jet American’s Cup vacation to California is the perfect excuse to experience the best that the “Paris of the West” offers. This city is about more than its world-famous Chinatown, cable cars and Fisherman’s Wharf. San Francisco offers bespoke luxury, as well as inimitable culture, style and grace in a distinctive urban setting. Use the following guide to help you plan a trip that drips opulence and exclusivity.
- Waterbar: With Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge serving as a backdrop, Waterbar offers one of the best views in the city. In addition to the fresh, sustainable harvested menu items options and a massive raw bar, diners also enjoy the eye-catching, floor-to-ceiling cylindrical aquariums that feature local wildlife. Private dining is available upon request.
- Sons & Daughters: One of the most exclusive, fine dining restaurants in San Francisco, Sons & Daughters is located downtown in a small storefront that’s out of the tourists’ line of sight. Seating is commodity and the dining experience can take up to three hours, so call ahead to make a reservation.
- La Mar: With restaurants in Brazil, Panama, Chile and Mexico, La Mar’s San Peruvian cebicheria along San Francisco’s waterfront was the first in the U.S. It’s ideal location is close to the dock when you need a break from watching the races from your yacht.
- The St. Regis: The Official Hotel & Resorts of the 34th America’s Cup, the St. Regis in the SoMA district redefines the splendor of San Francisco’s gilded age. During your private jet America’s Cup vacation, enjoy the signature Butler Service, indulgent bath menu, concierge service and the in-house Remède Spa.
- Diva Hotel: Offering ultra-haute accommodations, the Diva Hotel near Union Square is the place to meet celebrities enjoying the America’s Cup experience. This hotel features the fashion-forward Perrier Lounge, nightly Sake Hour and a full-service concierge.
- Cavallo Point: A luxury lodge within Golden Gate Park, Cavallo Point offers a priceless view of the bay. Named one of the “Top 10 New American Landmarks” by Travel+Leisure, the resort offers historic and contemporary lodging, bellman and concierge services, personal in-room bartender, rose petal turndown service and more.
- Golden Gate Yacht Club: The club that ORACLE TEAM USA calls home, hob-knob with the elite of the America’s Cup and their families in the Commodore Room for a bite or the Burgee Room for a drink. The club also offers the best seats in the world for viewing the races.
- Tilted Wingtip: The On The Fly luxury shopping company’s newest exclusive club, Tilted Wingtip, is a place for the most affluent shoppers to mingle and relax among peers. This is the spot to go after a full day of shopping.
- Qi Ultra Lounge: Asian-inspired and “aqua-exotic,” the Qi Ultra Lounge engages and mesmerizes all your senses as a nightlife destination that personifies modern feng shui. VIP reservations and bottle service are available upon request.
The America’s Cup adds an exclusive perk to the unique, luxury experiences that you can only encounter in San Francisco. How will you make the most of your private jet America’s Cup vacation in this historic town?