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Big Sur, California / Post Ranch Inn

Idyllically perched upon the cliffs of California’s Big Sur, the award-winning Post Ranch Inn is a 5 star ranch-style hotel offering the ultimate romantic and secluded experience for its guests.

Part of the Passport Resorts family alongside Cavallo Point Lodge, the luxury retreat is built on the values of natural, sustainable design and a soulful guest experience, making it one of the best places in California to escape the hustle and bustle. With no televisions in the guest rooms, some of the most breathtaking views in California and a whole host of rejuvenating experiences on offer, couples are given the opportunity to truly connect. Luxury honeymoon packages can be arranged, which feature the likes of a champagne breakfast in bed, delectable four-course dinners at Sierra Mar and private couples’ massages. 

From the Ocean House to the Cliff House, the impressive accommodations feature slate spa bathtubs, wood-burning fireplaces and decks with awe-inspiring views. On a complimentary basis, all guests are welcome to enjoy a daily gourmet buffet breakfast, yoga sessions, stargazing experiences and guided nature walks as part of their stay. Dining encompasses exquisite cuisine at Sierra Mar, where guests can bask in the glorious views over the Pacific Ocean. The accompanying wine is sourced from the hotel’s award-winning cellar, which features over 14,000 bottles and 2,600 hand-picked selections.

Relaxation comes in the form of indulgent private deck massages and leisurely afternoons spent in the Jade and Meditation infinity spa pools, overlooking the ocean horizon. Those wishing to explore beyond the sanctuary of Post Ranch Inn on their luxury California holiday can enjoy the use of a complimentary shuttle around the Big Sur area or a premium Lexus vehicle; Carmel, Monterey and Pebble Beach are all only approximately an hour’s drive away. Only 20 minutes away by car, the Esalen Institute for self-improvement offers day passes for couples who wish to enjoy the hot springs, explore the grounds and savour a nutritious lunch.Whilst charming Carmel and Monterey are great for fine dining experiences and shopping, Pebble Beach is the ideal location for golf aficionados thanks to its renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links course – the most famous in Western USA.

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Best hotel in the world for design

Perched upon the rugged coastline of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn perfectly encapsulates the dramatic beauty of its surroundings. With its organic curved facades and floor-length windows looking out over the Pacific Ocean, it's no wonder that this outstanding hotel has been awarded Best Hotel in the World for Design in the Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers' Awards for 2016. The 5 star retreat was designed by modernist architect Mickey Muenning, who has always been drawn to the principles of organic architecture.


Arts and culture at Post Ranch Inn

Fine art enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice at this luxury ranch-style hotel. The Post Gallery is located next to the Chef’s Garden and showcases an eclectic range of art, photography and sculptures from a talented selection of Big Sur artists. The Mercantile shop is also a popular choice for guests, with fine jewellery, home furnishings and original Sierra Mar dinnerware making up its collection. Only 5 minutes away by car, the Henry Miller Library houses an assortment of distinguished writers’ works from the local community. Intimate outdoor concerts are also hosted here on occasion.

Fine dining at Sierra Mar

With flavours inspired by the Big Sur coast, the menu at clifftop establishment Sierra Mar is an exquisite and unconventional masterpiece. Savour the likes of Monterey red abalone and berry-garnished venison tenderloin with a glass of wine in-hand, selected exclusively by Wine Director Dominique DaCruz. The vistas over the coastline are quite simply remarkable.

Unwind at the Post Ranch Inn spa

Overlooking the Ventana Double Cone, the indulgent spa treatment rooms at Post Ranch Inn boast some of the most spectacular vistas in Big Sur. Complete with a wood-burning fireplace or walk-in shower, the two couples’ treatment rooms proffer guests the utmost comfort and privacy – perfect for those luxury romantic getaways. Treatments range from soothing body massages using signature Post Ranch Inn products to full Ayurvedic Rituals. Those seeking relief for tired and aching muscles can opt for the Big Sur Jade Stone Therapy, which includes thermotherapy using warmed Big Sur jade, basalt river rocks and cooled marble combined with a body massage.

When to visit California

Summer in California is hot and dry with cool evenings, whilst winter tends to be milder with a little rain between January and March. Winters in San Francisco can be chilly and foggy, whilst Los Angeles can be smoggy in the summer months. On Lake Tahoe, expect cold and snowy winters, and although summer days can be warm, the evenings can still be chilly. To guarantee the best prices for your luxury family holiday, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the following summer holidays.

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