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
- Eco friendly
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
My second visit to the Post Ranch Inn, and I have to say, this place has a distinctly different vibe than almost any other place on earth...it's where reality meets the spiritual world! The natural splendor is spectacular! If sitting up high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific doesn't do it for you, perhaps the abundant wildlife...including soaring birds of pray will! I've always departed this property feeling more centered and grounded.
We splurged for a weekend getaway to Post Ranch Inn for my birthday. Unfortunately, our ocean front room didn't meet our expectations for luxury. The toilet area was not private: separated from the room by a wall that was open at the top near the ceiling. The tiled shower/bathtub was difficult to access over a thick, low wall. The king bed was extra tall making that first step out of bed a doozy. The view was fantastic but the basic amenities of the room were substandard. I followed up via email to concierge and to guest services within days of our checkout but I never got any reply or acknowledgement. Needless to say, I would recommend Ventana over Post Ranch.
Had always wanted to visit as I had heard so many good things about the place but ironically from people that used to go frequently that stopped as it's just gotten too expensive for what it is. I would call it nice but its incredibly boring and it's not Tahiti. Can't give it a really bad review as the people were generally nice but can't say the service was all that exceptional. The place feels a bit old and as though it's seen better days.
I had a wonderful stay at Post Ranch Inn. I stayed in the butterfly room that felt like a luxury treehouse with all the amenities fit for a fairy goddess :). My own private redwood forest by the sea. The grounds are immaculate and the dining experience was 5 star.
Several travel services, including Andrew Harper Luxury Travel, report that the Post Ranch is the top rated hideaway resort in the US. Here are a few thoughts on why.
--Fabulous location along the edge of the Pacific with great panoramas,
--Most rooms are a separate cabin which blends into the wooded surrounding. Ocean view houses on the cliff, and tree houses on stilts. All have fireplaces.
--Excellent restaurant, Sierra Mar, serving delicious California cuisine. A full cooked breakfast is included with the room.
--A no-pay mini bar stocked with gourmet snacks and beverages.
--Hiking trails that wander the property. Also, a cliff side infinity pool, and a full pool area.
--A complete spa.
--Great staff who seem willing to meet your every need..
So what is not to like?
--Getting there is not easy. It sits on Highway 1, which winds through the mountains on narrow curvy road, whether coming from the north or south.
--Price. Luxury like this comes at a price. But, worth it. Enjoy.