Big Sur, California
A rustic-chic uber-luxury retreat
Built-in the Big Sur countryside, this gorgeous boutique property is both luxurious and eco-sensitive. The organic architecture pays homage to this unique part of the California coast, seemingly working with the land rather than obstructing it. The hotel’s many green initiatives include solar panels to compensate for energy consumption, a water filtration plant, and sustainable building materials. Bed linen, mattresses, and toiletries are all organic. Even getting around the city is eco-friendly: Guests can borrow from the Lexus Hybrid hotel if they wish to explore other Big Sur areas.
As you would expect from a hotel of this caliber, service is excellent and personalized across the board, including in the beautiful spa and renowned restaurant. Visitors are also treated to various gifts: morning yoga, meditation, hiking, stargazing, and a bunch of free snacks. Guests are greeted with a glass of wine, and you will find well-stocked minibars and coffee and tea service in the rooms.
The Post Ranch Inn is well suited for couples, especially as this is an adults-only property. The hotel focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation, with many amenities to reconnect with yourself, your partner, or the land. This is particularly true at the spa, which still has shaman services available to benefit guests’ mental and emotional well-being.
Only the neighboring Ventana Inn & Spa can compare with the Post Ranch Inn’s rustic luxury, so it’s worth checking out both properties.
In picturesque Big Sur, guests at the Post Ranch Inn are never short of beautiful scenery or outdoor activities.
One of the most amazing places globally, Big Sur is defined by redwood forests and cliffs plunging into the Pacific Ocean. There are also natural thermal springs and beautiful beaches in Northern California. It is the type of setting that facilitates soul searching, and there are countless hippie camps, spas, and spiritual retreats in the area to allow visitors to do just that. It is also an active person’s dream: Most of the area is made up of parks, and there are more than 237 miles of hiking trails along the coast.
Big Sur’s economy is based on tourism, and therefore, there are numerous shops, galleries, and restaurants in the area catering to visitors. Getting around is done chiefly along Highway 1, the most scenic route in California, but occasional landslides can shut you down.
- 2-hour drive to San Jose International Airport
- 2-hour and a 30-minute drive to San Francisco International Airport
- 8-minute drive to Big Sur Vila
- 15-minute drive to Ponto Sur Lighthouse (plus a steep half-mile walk)
- 15-minute drive to Julia Pfeiffer Burns, State Park, home to a waterfall and coastal walks
- 8-minute drive to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park redwood trails
- 10-minute drive to Pfeiffer Beach
- 23-minute drive to Bixby Bridge, one of the longest simple extension bridges in the world, with spectacular views
- 40-minute drive to Point Lobos State Reserve, popular with sea lions and seals
- 40-minute drive to Kirk Creek Campground, with beach access
- 45-minute drive to Carmel
- 45-minute drive to Jade Cove
- 50-minute drive to Monterey
- 4-minute drive to the Henry Miller Library, home to artist/writer archives, a sculpture garden, and musical performances
No two bedrooms are the same as this luxurious property.
The 39-room hotel is all individual detached chalets or Tree Houses. They are big – as big as 960 square feet – and the modernist, eco-friendly design looks like it grew naturally out of the redwood forest. This is especially true for tree houses, which are elevated for trees, as the name implies. Whether ocean or mountain-facing, all rooms are offering spectacular views. Unfortunately, these views can be obstructed by the diffuse haze of the area, which, while beautiful in its way, can mean guests who choose to splurge for an evening never getting to see the Pacific.
Rooms incorporate rustic-chic, with dark earth tones, redwood walls, and stonework. They can also feature wood-burning fireplaces, underfloor heating, outdoor showers or hot tubs, private floors, and organic bath products and linens – but there is a TV or clock radio as the hotel strives for a peaceful environment. The rooms come with a Sonos digital music system programmed with 45 channels. Freebies are also numerous: the well-stocked minibar, coffee and tea service, and two stainless steel water bottles are all free.
- Impressive organic architecture built in the Big Sur landscape
- Breathtaking mountain or ocean views
- Wood-burning fireplaces, indoor (and sometimes outdoor) hot tubs, and private balconies in each room
- organic mattresses, sheets, and bath products, as well as terry cloth robes and slippers
- Sleeps, 45 digital music players
- Walking sticks for guests to use on hikes
- snacks and drinks in the well-stocked minibar
- free stainless steel water bottles; The hotel also has a water filtration plant
- No TV or clock radio
An acclaimed spa focusing on rejuvenation
Treatment features rooms at the Post Ranch Inn that overlook the mountains and forests that surround the Post Ranch Inn, as well as fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and outstanding design elements such as ceilings. Guests can also choose to have treatments done in their rooms or on their decks overlooking Big Sur.
The spa menu is comprehensive, offering guests ample opportunities – and methods – to relax. Massages, body treatments, and facials are a given, but the hotel also specializes in reflexology treatments, craniosacral therapy, reiki, and vibratory resonance. A shaman is available for guests to aid mental and emotional well-being through enlightenment, soul recovery, divination, fire, and drumming ceremonies.
All Inclusive / Food
Home to possibly the best restaurant in Big Sur.
Sierra Mar serves an eclectic range of California cuisine and has won high praise for its culinary innovations. Dinner consists of a four-course dinner menu that changes daily and uses organic, seasonal dishes. An a la carte option is also available. Dishes in the past included Morro Bay oysters in the middle shell, and Harissa grilled octopus, and Lone Mountain Wagyu Steak with crispy potato, cambozola, and spinach cake. Diners also have access to the hotel’s impressive wine cellar, which has more than 13,000 bottles.
- Free gourmet breakfast buffet
- Lunch and snacks are available throughout the day at Sierra Mar, including caviar and oysters and a selection of artisanal cheeses.
- Dinner served daily at Sierra Mar, featuring a four-course fixed-price menu and an a la carte option
- impressive cellar with over 13,000 bottles.
From morning yoga to nature walks, there are ample opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
The hotel’s outdoor activities include free morning yoga, meditation sessions, nature walks, and the stars at night with the hotel’s telescope. There are also three pools on-site: two cliffs, “hot basking pools,” and an Olympic size pool. A small fitness center with cardio and weight training is adequate, but the hotel’s focus is definitely on the outdoors.
- free yoga, meditation, nature walks, and stargazing
- Three pools: two hot basking pools and an Olympic pool
- A small fitness center with aerobics equipment and weights
- The Post Ranch Inn is within walking distance to several beaches, state parks, and whale watching spots.
The Post Ranch Inn is committed to green hotel initiatives and uses solar energy to help power the hotel.
The Post Ranch Inn is committed to promoting green initiatives. The hotel makes use of solar panels to offset energy use and operates a water filtration plant. The rooms are equipped with two stainless steel water bottles for guests to use and take home with them when they leave.
Buildings are made from sustainable materials and were designed to work organically with the impressive landscape of Big Sur. The grounds are covered in drought-resistant plants native to the region, and all cleaning products are biodegradable. Guests also have the option of taking out a Lexus Hybrid car loan, pending availability.
The Post Ranch Inn’s grounds are home to various endangered species, including the Blue Smith butterfly, the California Red-Legged Frog, the western turtle pond, and the California Condor.
- Solar panels provide part of the hotel’s energy.
- Buildings are made from sustainable materials.
- All cleaning products are biodegradable.
- Guests can borrow a Lexus Hybrid.
- The gardens are home to several endangered species, including the blue Smith butterfly.