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An uber-luxurious rustic-chic retreat
Built into the Big Sur landscape, this gorgeous boutique property is both luxurious and eco-sensitive. The organic architecture pays tribute to this unique part of the California coastline, seeming to work with the land rather than obstruct it, and the hotel's many green initiatives include solar panels to offset energy use; a water filtration plant; and sustainable building materials. Linens, mattresses, and toiletries are all organic. Even getting around town is eco-friendly: Guests can borrow the hotel's Lexus Hybrid if they wish to explore other areas of Big Sur.
Service, as one may expect at a hotel of this caliber, is excellent and personalized across the board, including at the lovely spa and renowned restaurant. Visitors are also treated to various freebies: morning yoga, meditation, hiking, stargazing, and a bevy of free snacks. Guests are greeted with a glass of wine, and will find well-stocked minibars and coffee and tea service in the rooms.
The Post Ranch Inn is well-suited for couples, especially since this is an adults-only property. The hotel focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation, with many amenities geared towards reconnecting with yourself, your partner, or the earth. This is particularly true at the spa, which even has shaman services available to benefit the guests' mental and emotional well-being.
Only the neighboring Ventana Inn & Spa can compare to the Post Ranch Inn's luxe rusticity, so it's worth checking out both properties.
In picturesque Big Sur, guests of the Post Ranch Inn never lack for beautiful scenery or outdoor activities.
One of the most stunning places in the world, Big Sur is defined by redwood forests and craggy cliffs plummeting into the Pacific Ocean. There are also natural thermal springs and beautiful Northern California beaches. It's the type of setting that facilitates soul searching, and there are numerous hippie camps, spas, and spiritual retreats in the area to let visitors do just that. It's also an active person's dream: Most of the area is composed 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 mostly done along Highway 1, the most scenic route in California, but occasional mudslides can close it down.
No two rooms are exactly alike at this luxurious property.
The hotel's 39 rooms are all individual, standalone cottages or Tree Houses. They're large -- as big as 960 square feet -- and the modernist, eco-friendly design looks as if it grew naturally out of the redwood forest. This is especially true of the Tree Houses, which are, as the name implies, elevated into the trees. Whether ocean- or mountain-facing, all rooms are offer spectacular vistas. Unfortunately, these views can be obstructed by the area's pervasive fog which, though beautiful in its own way, can mean guests who choose to splurge for a night never get to see the Pacific.
Rooms embody rustic-chic, with dark earth tones, redwood walls, and stonework. They can also feature wood-burning fireplaces, radiant floor heating, outdoor showers or hot tubs, private decks, and organic bath products and linens -- but no TVs or alarm clocks as the hotel strives for a peaceful environment. The rooms do 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.
An acclaimed spa focusing on rejuvenation
The Post Ranch Inn's features treatment rooms that look out over the mountains and forests surrounding the Post Ranch Inn, as well as fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wonderful design elements such as beamed ceilings. Guests can also opt to have treatments done in their own rooms or on their decks overlooking Big Sur.
The spa menu is exhaustive, 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 vibrational resonance. A shaman is available to aid guests' mental and emotional well-being through illumination, soul retrieval, divination, and fire and drum ceremonies.
Home to possibly the best restaurant in Big Sur.
Sierra Mar serves an eclectic array of California cuisine, and has garnered wide praise for its culinary innovations. Dinner consists of a four-course prix fixe menu that changes daily and uses organic, seasonal fare. An a la carte option is also available. Dishes in the past have included Morro Bay oysters on the half shell, Harissa grilled octopus, and Lone Mountain Wagyu Steak with a crispy potato cake, cambazola and spinach. Diners also have access to the hotel's impressive wine cellar, which has over 13,000 bottles.
From morning yoga to nature hikes, there are ample opportunities to explore the great outdoors.
The hotel's many outdoor activities include free morning yoga, meditation sessions, nature hikes, and evening stargazing with the hotel's own telescope. There are also three pools on-site: two cliff-top "hot basking pools" and one lap pool. A small fitness center with aerobic and weight-training equipment is adequate, but the hotel's focus is definitely on the outdoors.
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. Rooms are provided 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 organically work with Big Sur's impressive landscape. The grounds are covered in drought resistant plants native to the region, and all cleaning products are biodegradable. Guests also have the option to take out a Lexus Hybrid loaner car, pending availability.
The grounds of the Post Ranch Inn are home to a variety of endangered species, including the Smith's Blue Butterfly, the California Red-Legged Frog, the Western Pond Turtle, and the California Condor.
The 39-room Post Ranch Inn is one of the most beautiful hotels in the United States -- if not the entire world -- and offers a romantic, intimate stay amid gorgeous natural surroundings. The hotel is built into the cliffs of Big Sur, and the organic architecture is breathtaking, seeming to grow out of the ground beside the hotel's surrounding redwoods. The spacious, eco-sensitive rooms have ocean or mountain views (that are sometimes obstructed by the pervasive fog that the area is known for) and many feature floor-to-ceiling windows to better show them off. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, radiant floor heating, outdoor showers or hot tubs, private decks, and organic bath products and linens -- but no televisions or alarm clocks as the hotel strives for a peaceful environment. The award-winning spa focuses on rejuvenating services and even has a shaman on-site; the restaurant, Sierra Mar, is one of the best in Big Sur; the hotel's cliff-top pools are stunning; and free amenities (such as yoga and stargazing) are abundant.