Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, USA

This is one of those properties with a reputation that precedes it. Everywhere we went in California, the mere mention that we were visiting was followed by a jealous s i g h , amazement or a overwhelmingly positive personal review. We arrive by night and its sheer physical presence and location already tells us why they say this Pacific Highway One’s most exclusive getaway. When day breaks, we wake in a dream – a modernist treehouse with a view to end all views, only interrupted by a carpet of light fog that lifts to reveal the mighty Pacific Ocean. It’s easy to get carried away with the serene natural beauty of its setting and we were told that it gets better too – sometimes you’ll spot whales from your balcony, frolicking in the sea. But over and above all of that, the property is a design masterpiece – no more than 40 exquisite suites, clearly built with the ultimate escapists in mind. All have a breathtaking ocean view, best seen from an infinity bathtub that seemingly melts into it. Each house is curved around an old tree and hangs off the cliffside, made from reclaimed materials and powered by solar panels – even here you won’t get away from California’s hippy DNA.

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