Perched 365 metres above the Pacific Ocean, the Post Ranch Inn nestles in gloriously wild scenery. It was designed by talented architect Mickey Muenning, and its natural design melts into the sublime scenery along the California coastline. Nature lovers seeking absolute tranquillity will be in Heaven. After you follow the legendary Route 1 through the heart of the Big Sur, a magnificent park with an area of over 100 acres awaits you, with wild brush, sequoias and hiking trails. Amidst this marvellous setting you’ll find sits the Post Ranch Inn. You’ll barely have time to get out of your car before you’re greeted with a glass of champagne. What a great start to your stay! Then the valet will take charge of your vehicle and you’ll be led to your luxurious clifftop house.
ELEGANT HOUSES IN THE TREES
Management at the Post Ranch Inn cares about preserving the exceptional natural environment, and offers its visitors 39 suites and rooms built from natural materials. Set on pilings over 300 metres above the ocean, these luxurious houses offer absolute comfort and have an unbeatable view of the ocean or the mountains. They all have an indoor fireplace and private terrace, but you won’t find a telephone or a television. Absolute relaxation means total disconnection from anything that causes stress and worry. Besides providing a change of scenery, the Post Ranch Inn wants to be a wellness destination where you have the opportunity to get to know yourself again.
•3 POOLS, 2 OF THEM INFINITY POOLS
•THALASSOTHERAPY AND SPAS
•MORNING YOGA GUIDED NATURE HIKES
•LEXUS VEHICLES AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS NEARBY
•MONTEREY AND ITS AQUARIUM
•SEVERAL BEACHES, INCLUDING PFEIFFER BEACH
•POINT SUR LIGHT
•DISCOVER MORRO BAY
•WINE TASTING IN THE CARMEL
Each morning, after a delicious breakfast, you can revitalize yourself with an outdoor yoga class or head to the thalassotherapy centre for a relaxing treatment inspired by Californian traditions and history. After that, you can choose to explore the region, with its many natural beauties and multiples activities (such as a visit to the charming village of Monterey, a few kilometres away), or stay at the hotel to lounge in one of the three pools while you admire the skyline. Then go to the Sierra Mar restaurant to taste its gourmet menu focussed on local products. With some 13,000 bottles, the wine cellar is one of the region’s finest. For a great ending to the day, borrow binoculars from the hotel and discover the stars… with an astronomer as your guide.
Text: Diane Stehle