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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
California, United States, North America
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur , California
Tel: 831 667 2200
Tel: 800 527 2200's insider take:

The hype is true: This place really is spectacular. It sits on a narrow ridgeline 1,200 feet above the crashing surf, and its architecture brings out the best in the setting. The buildings are all made from organic materials such as slate, glass, wood, and rusting metal to blend with the landscape; rooflines are stepped to mirror the distant mountains. Of the 30 rooms available, the best are the five Ocean Houses, whose roofs are covered in wildflowers and whose walls of glass overlook the sea. The seven Tree House rooms, built on stilts in the canopy of hundred-year-old gnarled oaks, are also excellent choices. The Post Ranch is a place to escape in privacy; no one under 18 is allowed, and there are no clocks or TVs in the rooms— although there are wood-burning fireplaces, massage tables, walking sticks, bird books, binoculars, and complimentary minibars. Bathtubs lined with unfinished gray marble and beds with denim bedspreads reinforce the luxe-rustic vibe. The three pools (including a cliff-top infinity pool) are open round the clock, so you can follow up your morning yoga, afternoon guided walk, or evening spa service with a soak.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 93.1
  • Design: 93.8
  • Food: 90.8
  • Location: 96.2
  • Rooms: 93.1
  • Service: 91.8
Rooms at this environmentally aware property have custom furniture by the hotel's master craftsman, rugs woven by indigenous weavers, and wood re-milled to create wall paneling. "At times it's difficult to distinguish the resort from the nature around it." Sierra Mar, with a 14,000-plus-bottle wine cellar, changes its menu daily, focusing on fish, meat, and local produce. Stargazing is easy with the hotel's computerized telescope. Filtered laundry water is used to irrigate the grounds.

(40 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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