Post Ranch Inn
What We Love
- Breathtaking 360-degree views of the ocean and Santa Lucia Mountains
- Top-notch artisan craftsmanship in every design detail
- Sierra Mar restaurant’s locally sourced, fresh California cuisine
- Outdoor adventurer’s paradise of beach walks and hiking trails
What To Know
- No TVs in the rooms
- Children under 18 not allowed
- Few nearby dining or entertainment options
Hollywood royalty have time and time again made this cliffside beauty, on a 1,200-foot-high ridge in Big Sur overlooking the Pacific, their romance spot of choice. It could be because of the privacy of its 40 adults-only homes and suites, which feature salvaged redwood and sheet metal artwork. Or it might be because of those pick-your-jaw-up-off-the-floor views: you’ll have your pick between Pacific Suites, whose decks and tiled baths overlook the water, or Peak Houses, whose windows frame the Santa Lucia Mountains. Mini-bars are complimentary, but for those prone to cabin fever, there’s a Lexus convertible on loan for spins down the Pacific Coast Highway. Just be sure to ask the concierge to pack you a picnic lunch before departure.
In the Area
Big Sur is one of America’s most scenic coastal regions—you’re going to want to take as much advantage of the landscape here as possible. The 19th-century Point Sur Lighthouse, a half-hour’s drive from Post Ranch, is a great way to take in the views—look out for whales and condors. For hikers, the closest peak to Post Ranch Inn is Mount Manuel, whose four-mike trek to the summit is one of the best hikes in the area. After working up an appetite, make your way to the deck of Nepenthe, arguably Big Sur’s most iconic restaurant, and order the signature “Ambrosia Burger” with a glass of wine. The prices are steep, but the killer view, with a straight shot to the sunset, is worth every penny.
How to Get There
What a wonderful lunch stop on our trip from Château Marmont, LA to Meadowood, Napa Valley.
Splendid views out to the ocean. The vista was complimented by the meal which was simple and subtle, really delicious, made from locally sourced and very qualitative products.
Ventana’s Sur House restaurant, a near-by high-end restaurant where we dined, should really take note.
The location, the rooms, the staff, the views and the entire experience is exceptional.
It is hard to believe a place Can be this beautiful. Hikes, a gorgeous beach, great food and the most beautiful place around.
From the moment DJ smiled offered us a glass of champagne and talked through the details of the hotel we were in love. When we saw our coastal view room we knew it was the best hotel we have ever stayed in.
Beautiful staff that have been there a long time, lovely grounds and a great view from the restaurant and we were totally smitten for 24 hours.
You need a mortgage to stay and the numbers after the classic USA taxes cannot be justified ,but I am afraid if there is one place to stay before you die it could be here. The evening meal was a tad suspect with a 4 course menu that changes so regularly that I suspect the chef keeps experimenting, a lightly battered borage plate was completely pointless but the breakfast and general menu are very tasty......and you have got that view all the way to Japan! Enjoy