Need to know
Thirty-nine, including six suites.
1pm. Check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $995.00, excluding tax at 10.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $2.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include buffet breakfast and valet parking.
The spa makes all of its own products using Big Sur’s flowers, picked from the high meadows on the estate. Book in for a ‘duet massage’ and let four hands see to your aches and pains, or be brave and risk a soul-retrieving shaman session.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, free WiFi in the rooms and library. In rooms: iPod dock, handmade Post Ranch Inn bath products, bottled water and two half-bottles of wine.
Our favourite rooms
Pfeiffer is a cocoon of redwood with a secluded setting at the end of the cabins. Other humans will be hard to come by – all you can see is sparkling ocean, wild flowers and trees. We love the triple veranda, and the re-used redwood lining the walls in Ross.
There are three heated infinity pools in the grounds – one lined with sea-weathered jade, a stainless steel one, and a lap pool by reception.
Book your spa treatments by phone six weeks in advance to have your prime pick of pampering.
A journal so you scribble some verse – this land’s-end location is sure to make you come over all poetic.
There’s a free minibar in the rooms, stocked with snacks and non-alcohol drinks.
Leave them at home - this hotel is only open to adults ages 18 and up.
The inn takes eco-lux seriously, from the Lexus Hybrids standing by to get you around and array of solar panels minimising energy use. The grounds are home to native drought-resistant flora, and the local fauna are proudly protected, from Western Pond Turtles and California Condors to the Red-Legged Frog and endangered Smith's Blue Butterfly.