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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


  •  Eco friendly
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Stunning retreat overlooking the Pacific in Big Sur where one can reconnect with nature

The Lowdown

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

Post Ranch Inn
Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States


4.5 Very Good 1252 Reviews
Single best experience we've ever had
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do i start? Post Ranch defied all expectations. The property itself is breathtaking, with views that go on for miles. The infinity tubs on the edge of the cliffs are ridiculous. Their are trails through the redwoods where we saw deer, wild turkeys, mountains, rivers, owls and incredible vistas.

The onsite restaurant is fantastic, the Lexus car program is LEGIT, the staff went above and beyond to insure every need was met for us. Wine and cheese in the rooms, wood burning fireplaces, and large eco friendly rooms with Sonos and every other amenity you could ask for.

This is without a doubt one of our favorite destinations ever, and we can't wait to go back!

stunning view for an exceptional dining experience at the Post Ranch Inn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this exclusive eating spot overlooking the waves in spectacular Big Sur is worth the money. There is a prix fix menu that is remarkable, and the wine list will make your head spin, possibly one of the best I've seen outside of France.
Be sure to make a reservation well in advance. Quiet, dark hushed atmosphere with low and indirect lighting, fireplace, pure luxury.

Lovely resort in Big Sur
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed two nights and my entire stay was perfection. My husband and I drove from San Diego to San Fran and the Post Ranch Inn was the highlight of our trip. If you are visiting Big Sur this is a must stay. I hope to visit again.

Aspiration worthy experience
Reviewed 1 month ago

Beautifully sited and architecturally significant, Post Ranch is an exquisite melding of rugged nature and raw materials set in concert with a wonderfully sophisticated touch. The attention to detail is a pleasure. The rooms, pools, dining area and spa all embrace magnificent views.This is a destination worthy retreat.

Amazing hotel, but an important note about the Tree House rooms
Reviewed 1 month ago

This has to be one of the best resorts in America on a sunny day. The views over the Pacific are superb, especially from one of the two hot tubs. The hiking in the area is some of the best in California. And the restaurant is top notch. The nightly rate is crazy expensive, but for a special occasion, it's worth it.

All that said, there is one important catch: we stayed in a "Tree House" room and learned the hard way that there is a massive window over the bed without curtains which makes it impossible to sleep as soon as the sun comes up. For all the money spent on this resort, it's surprising to me that they don't have a solution for his. I don't know if the more expensive room categories have this same issues, but it's worth asking when you make your reservation.