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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 1206 Reviews
Such a gorgeous place on earth
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful resort. Super expensive but oh so worth it if you have the bucks. Just DO IT. It's is one of the nicest places you can stay in Big Sur besides Ventana. The architecture of the buildings next to coast the would take anyone's breath away. A LOT of celebrities come here and there is a reason why. It's very private and quiet. Everyone keeps to themselves. To me it's a bit more snobby than Ventana but it definitely has the better view. Treat yo'self. And definitely have dinner at least one night at Sierra Mar. they have an excellent wine list.

relaxing couple of days
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is simply wonderful, it is in a secluded spot along the big sur with stunning views of both the ocean and the mountains. The atmosphere is totally tranquil and serene. There is a fairly small fitness suite and yoga yurt, an open air swimming pool with changing rooms and two amazing endless hot tubs that look out to the ocean also some pleasant walking trails through amazing redwood trees.

The restaurant is also beautifully located with views from all tables. breakfast and dinner is a real treat, the dinner menu is pretty expensive, but you are able to order food from the room service menu which is a little cheaper, but everything we had both in the room and in the restaurant was delicious.

The rooms are private and comfortable, with all necessary lotions and potions and a well stocked complimentary mini bar. The air conditioning in the room was however poor it was located on the floor and just seemed to blow cold air across the floor, it was also very noisy and meant we had two nights of disturbed sleep.

The staff were all very welcoming and pleasant and it was lovely to have our car valet parked and no cars about the resort other than hotel cars transferring guests.

Overall this hotel is not cheap but we had free champagne on arrival and a further bottle sent to the room, the complementary mini bar was restocked each day with cheeses, wine, drinks, nuts, chocolate, water and more.

I would recommend a stay here if you want total relaxation and down time but probably wouldn't want to stay for more than a couple of days as walking routes and activities are fairly limited.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place - step back from the corporate world of hotels - the post ranch is independently operated and they truly make you feel like a guest at someone’s home - it is also a magical place perched on top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean and surrounded by huge trees. Wine selection is top notch and the food is the best in the area - no reason to ever leave the property.

Like Being in Heaven
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second stay at the Post Ranch Inn- a quick overnight getaway from the city. This time, we chose the Tree House, that much to our delight, had incredible ocean views. The Tree Houses were all completely renovated last year and now have that distinguished and unforgettable architectural Post Ranch Inn flare. My favorite feature of these rooms is the carefully places skylights so that when you're laying in bed at night, you're looking straight up into the trees and stars.

I know the prices are somewhat outrageous but it is an experience of a life time to stay here. If you're looking for a particularly romantic experience, I'd recommend the Coast or Mountain suites that have beautiful outdoor tubs.

Heaven on Earth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From beginning to end the experience here was outstanding. The setting is one of a kind. The staff was exceptional. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The greeting experience/process upon arrival was first class. Loved the glass of wine and pampering as we checked in and the assurance that we have nothing to worry about during our stay. Josh, who showed us to our room and gave us a tour of the property upon check-in, was wonderful and helpful. Provided outstanding service. We also want to recognize Anton in the Chef’s Garden. We visited the garden one morning to look around, and he took 20 minutes to give us an in-depth tour of the space, explaining what was planted, gave us tastes, etc. It was fun and memorable, and he is a kind soul. The star gazing on Sunday night was very intereting, an the women (we forgot her name) who led that was outstanding..so knowledgeable. We also did a yoga class in the yurt which we thoroughly enjoed. The teacher was outstanding, and the setting was unique and soothing. Binoculars in the room were great. One of the best things about the property is the peace and quiet. Total and complete silence with the exception of the occasional harbor seal barking. Incredible. Our room, an ocean side spot, offered complete solitude. We have kids, but very much appreciated the “nobody under 18 allowed” policy. It enhanced the peacefulness and quiet. Prior to arriving we had intentions of exploring Big Sur more. However, we ended up never leaving the property for 3 days. We did not want to leave. We cannot wait to return. You have earned our loyalty. Totally understand why this resort was just named the #1 resort in California. Much deserved.