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Post Ranch Inn Big Sur, California, United States


Farm-to-table California cuisine at Sierra Mar restaurant
Ocean views from the meditation pool
Situated upon over 100 acres of natural forest



Big Sur: bordered by the shimmering ocean, close to California's culinary capitol, and the unofficial base camp for celebrities seeking respite at Post Ranch Inn, where unbridled luxury thrives within self-proclaimed organic architecture. Here "eco-friendly" is more than a catchphrase: over 1,000 solar panels power the Inn, and all houses are crafted from reclaimed materials. And with only 39 rooms, the air of exclusivity blends seamlessly with the cool, fresh breezes for which this scenic nook of California is known.

Queen rooms start at $945

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Sunday mornings become absolutely magical with complimentary mimosas doled out during whale watching sessions.


  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Guests take advantage of the diverse activities at hand—nature tours and chef-guided walks through the organic gardens are complimentary, though those looking to simply relish the sights can do so from the pool or heated clifftop infinity spa. There's no shortage of eateries in Big Sur, but many guests choose to stay close to home with Sierra Mar, where Chef John Cox doles out regional staples with southwest flair in wine-paired, prix-fixe courses.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    Each room boasts its own alluring style: the wildflower roof carpet of the Ocean House, the enticing perch of the Tree House. Minibars are stocked to the brim with snacks and beverages—artisanal goodies like local cheeses are expertly paired with the complimentary bottles of wine guests receive.
  • Service style

    Stretch your way through an early morning yoga session, become acquainted with Tai Chi, or listen along as astronomers share their celestial knowledge, while stargazing from the onsite telescope—these (and other) offerings are de rigeur for guests.
  • Preferred room type

    Pick your view—though "ocean view" is something of an understatement for the Cliff House, whose decks seemingly suspend over the shimmering bay. Further uphill, the sweetly named Butterly Rooms offer three floors, the ideal spread for large flocks.
  • Unique property features

    Leave it to this distinctly Californian property to up the ante on the spa game: all products are made onsite, using flora and fauna from the area, and practitioners will blend an organic facial mix based on your skin type. Fancy a bit of soul-searching? The onsite shaman can assist with that.