Post Ranch Inn, California
A jewel in the Pacific Coast Highway’s rugged crown is Post Ranch Inn. Perched atop a Californian cliff edge, the 100-acre Post family estate was formerly a working cattle farm. Now home to an exclusive, eco minded luxury retreat, Post Ranch Inn boasts what can be simply described as one of the best ocean views in the world. Every wall and window has been placed with the view and the environment in mind. Once inside your recycled redwood cabin or tree house, if it weren’t for the fine dining restaurant or award winning spa just a few steps away, you might find it hard to leave the comfort of your room.
Post Ranch Inn
The genius behind the Post Ranch Inn concept is Mickey Muennig. An incredibly influential environmental architect in the region, Muennig spent month’s climbing trees and camping on the cliff edge when planning the footprint of the hotel. By doing this he ensured that each room would be in the best position for lighting and views without causing damage to the extensive network of redwood trees below. The ocean facing hobbit houses (as they are known amongst the Post family and guests) are grass roofed… partly for insulation and partly to encourage the surrounding flora and fauna to flourish around each freestanding unit. For anyone who has dreamt of sleeping amidst the trees, the stilted houses in the forest are a grown ups playground waiting to be discovered. The interiors are akin to the environmental prowess throughout and yet all fully equipped with the latest technologies and cosy fireplaces.
Sierra Mar is the Post Ranch Inn dining room, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast and lunch enjoy an a la carte menu of mouth-watering delicacies inspired by fresh local flavours and produce. In the evening guests are invited to choose from a four or nine course prix fixe menu through which the chefs endeavour to translate the Big Sur experience into food. Each course can be paired with a local grape to complete the Post Ranch Californian culinary journey, or if you would prefer pick your own you will be spoilt for choice, with over 2500 labels on the wine list, it is one of the longest in the state! Reservations are not necessary for guests however do make sure you request a table either on the balcony or as close to the window as possible. The entire front wall of the restaurant is glass, so between divine mouthfuls, inspired conversation and a sophisticated ambience the jaw-droppingly stunning view is just the icing on the cake.
With 100 acres at your fingertips, a stay at Post Ranch wouldn’t be complete without a proper adventure. Big Sur is known for its amazing hidden beaches, only accessible by foot. Therefore don’t forget to pack your boots, pick up a Sierra Mar picnic, get lost in the Post estate wildflower fields and find yourself a private hidden cove for the afternoon. Despite only having 39 rooms, Post Ranch Inn has three pools from which to choose…a lap pool for exercise and two infinity pools overlooking the Pacific panorama. Visit the organic garden and bee hives with the hotel chefs and don’t miss the Post Ranch gallery which displays artwork and crafts from the local Big Sur artists. Amidst the towering redwood treeline the spa follows the retreats sustainable suit and boasts own brand organic products using wildflowers. Wandering around the retreat in your dressing gown is a Post Ranch fashion must amongst the celebs, so book yourself in for some much deserved pampering, don your spa slippers and make the journey from your private abode through the redwood catwalk as many famous faces have made before you.
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