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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 1186 Reviews
Sour end to an amazing trip
Reviewed 1 day ago

Let's start with the obvious good things. This is a place with world class views. We paid more than 2800/night for a weekend stay during high season (this past weekend) so $5600 total. So it's not surprising I expected a lot. Of course many things met these expectations. Great views, reasonably modern facilities. Excellent food at the restaurant. Smooth check in and check out with valet service. Bellman was great about bringing our stuff in the room when we checked in and out when I checked out. Mostly friendly staff. But then again it's not cheap, shouldn't we expect good service?

But two things that really disappointed me.

I found several pieces of hair in the bathtub the first time I used it (it had a different hair color from mine so I was sure it was not mine).

But the most disappointing part was the fact that I left a face cream I just bought at the spa (65$, unopened) and my silver ring at the hotel and it was impossible to reach them about these items after I left. The once responsive concierge never responded to my email inquiry about, and I had to call several times before getting them during a time they can "check in with the cleaning staff". For a place I just paid more than $5600 for a two night stay, I am sorely disappointed. There was no offer to just send me the face cream (it was from their spa and pales in comparison to the price tag of a weekend stay). Admittedly my fault for forgetting but they are definitely doing the bare minimum after a customer leaves.

Heaven on earth for sure !!!
Reviewed 5 days ago

From the friendly staff to the perfection of the room there is nothing else missing that you could wish for. The views, the wildlife and the food are just breathtaking.

Yes it’s expensive but was worth - it was a dream. Strongly recommend you to consider :)

Post Ranch is proof that Heaven is here on Earth
Reviewed 6 days ago

Having visited and stayed at the Post Ranch numerous times, I can guarantee that you will agree with me when I say that Heaven does exist on Earth. The moods of the Sur will greet you and wrap themselves around you - thanks to the environmentally friendly landscape of the buildings, restaurant, spa and people of the Ranch, your journey there will be unforgettable.
For whatever time you can spare, you must agree to lose yourself in the beauty of your surroundings, the comfort of your bed & bath, as well as the spirits of the Sur, for they will change you forever. Allow yourself that gift and revel in the cosseting of this most magical place in California.
By the way, the meals and the wine list will leave you breathless. The Post Ranch Inn is a bucket list must.

Ultimate Indulgence
Reviewed 7 days ago

Brought my wife to celebrate her birthday and our anniversary. Had stayed across the street some years ago. Post Ranch is truly a soulful place.every detail has been designed to provide guests with a completely stress free, five star experience. Can not recommend this place enough if you simply want to unplug from lifes chaos for a bit and reconnect with someone you love or simply yourself...

Sierra Mar is amazing!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at The Esalan Institute for a yoga workshop and decided to stop here for lunch on our way to Carmel. It was a 3 course fixed price menu at 75.00 per person, but after hearing how wonderful it was- we had to try it! First off, the grounds and the views from the restaurant are spectacular. I was blown away when I walked in. It truly feels like you are in some exotic overseas destination. The decor and ambience are contemporary yet comfortable. Our waiter was awesome and very helpful. The food divine!! Esalan is mostly vegetarian and after spending time there, my tastebuds weren't up to eating meat and the menu had fish and vegetarian options. Desert was fantastic as they have a pastry chef on premise and she is great! I definitely would come here again and hope to this summer