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Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California, United States of America

Perched 1200 feet up on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Post Ranch Inn is an architectural gem, and seamlessly blends understated rustic luxury, immaculate cuisine and astounding service.

At a Glance

  • We think it offers one of the best sunsets in the world overlooking the Pacific Ocean

  • A harmonious blend of rustic luxury, style and sophistication

  • An ideal place to stay for a honeymoon or romantic vacation

  • The most coveted resort in California

  • Incredible fine dining with a view at Sierra Mar

  • Big Sur has an abundance of quirky eateries and galleries

Couples, Honeymoon, Eco/ethical tourism, Spa & health

Insider's View

Wine buffs or those celebrating should ask the sommelier for the secret wine list at Sierra Mar!

Maudie Tomlinson

Insider's View

Make sure you take time to explore their fantastic herb garden and if possible have a private dinner or lunch set up here, making sure to take note of their wonderful Spirit Circle.

Jules Maury

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Post Ranch Inn or take a look at our itineraries to California


It is a testament to its amazing atmosphere that so many guests fall in love with Post Ranch Inn and return year after year, such is its remarkable unique charm and setting. To start with, the views over the Pacific at sunset are outstanding, especially with cocktail in hand from your own private deck. For those wanting to stay somewhere really very special for three or four days, look no further than Post Ranch Inn - it is a Scott Dunn hot tip.

It is set within its own 100-acre estate, so by day you can wander off on hiking trails through wild heaths and redwoods, or head off to the many beaches around Big Sur. You can return for a plunge in one of the three pools, which as you can imagine all have staggering views. The food at Post Ranch Inn is somewhat legendary, blending seasonal Californian fare with French, Asian and Mediterranean inspired flavors, while the evening menus are quite extraordinary. The restaurant, Sierra Mar, offers floor to ceiling windows, making the most of its location. Of course, there is a superb spa.

There are only 39 suites and rooms that all have the perfect mix of rustic luxury, blending into the natural beauty of the location. All rooms have a private deck that look over the ocean or the mountains. They have lovely fireplaces and come with everything you would expect, except TVs, which are a welcome exclusion in a place like this. The Coastal, Cliff and Ocean Houses offer spellbinding views of the Pacific from their floor-to-ceiling windows. The tree houses are always a Scott Dunn favorite, and these do not disappoint, set within hundred year old oaks. For those wanting mountain views then the Mountain Houses are the ones to opt for.


If you can, try and opt for one of the Treehouses or Pacific facing houses or suites.

As standard, all accommodations come with heated floors, wood-burning fireplaces, stereo with digital music system, iPod docking station, mini-bar, coffee and tea, WiFi, robes, slippers, organic bath products, walking sticks, binoculars, in-room safe, hairdryer and iron.

Cliff House

As its name suggests this residence if suspended over the cliffs with incredible views and 960 sq feet of indoor and outdoor space. A secluded glass-walled bedroom boasts bespoke furniture, wood-burning fireplace, heated floor and king-size bed with an organic mattress and linens. The Cliff House also features large soaking tub and outdoor hot tub.

Pacific Suites

There are two Pacific Suites housed in a circular two-storey building (one suite on each floor). Each suite is arranged over 960 sq feet of indoor and outdoor space with bespoke furniture, glorious ocean views which can be enjoyed from the living room, bedroom (complete with king-size bed with organic mattress and linens) and large soaking tub. each suite also has a stainless steel outdoor hot tub on a private deck.

Ocean House

Each Ocean House is free-standing with roofs ensconced in a soft blanket of grass and wildflowers. Panoramic Ocean views can be appreciated from the king-size bed, bath, window seat and terrace and large soaking tub situated on a private deck.

Coast House

The Coast House is designed to reflect the surrounding redwood trees and so each two storey structure is circular with private entrances leading to a leather couch and coffee table in front of a fireplace. Views of the Big Sur coastline can be appreciated from the bed, couch, bathtub and private deck.

Peak House

This 960 sq foot room boasts a superlative private mountain view and a deck suspended over the top of the ridge with a stainless steel hot tub. The bedroom has glass walls, a king-size bed with organic mattress and linens and bespoke furniture.

Tree House

If you have ever dreamed of sleeping amongst the trees then this is the perfect room for you. Built nine feet off the ground, each Tree House is triangular, boasts mountain views and feature a king-size bed, window seat, desk, fireplace, skylight from which you can watch the stars.

Mountain House

Just like the Coast Houses, the Mountain Houses are also circular in their construction. The entrance leads to a leather couch and coffee table in front of a fireplace and the views from the Mountain Houses' king-size bed, couch, indoor soaking tub and terrace are of course of the Santa Lucia Peaks and Ventana Wilderness.

Butterfly Rooms

These rooms get their name from the unique shape of the building. There are three floors underneath each extended wing, each with a room and private entrance. From the Butterfly Rooms guests can enjoy views of the forest and Santa Lucia mountains from the king-size bed, window seat and private deck.

Private House - Post House

The Post House is located on the southern edge of the Post Ranch property and is the epitome of privacy and spacious luxury accommodation. Breathtaking panoramic ocean views are abundant from floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, kitchen, dining area and both bedrooms. Furnishing the house are beds with organic mattresses and linens, oversized soaking tub and rain shower and a 55" flat screen TV located in the media room. A landscaped private backyard also includes lounge chairs and a hot tub.

Private Houses - South Coast House

Located adjacent to Post Ranch and providing ample space for two couples with two bedrooms (king-size beds in both), the upstairs bedroom also comes with its own private deck and lounge chairs. South Coast House is an exclusive property with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains and Pacific Ocean and comes complete with private terrace, kitchen, eating area, living room, two master bedrooms, private bathroom, outdoor patio with chairs, BBQ and hot tub, there is sufficient space for entertaining.


Unfortunately children under 18 years are not allowed to stay in the resort.


Sierra Mar Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner); Communal area with library offering TV, music and books, Wifi throughout, a main swimming pool (7x20m) and two basking infinity pools, Spa, Gym, Bar.


Yoga daily, Birding, Guided Nature Walks, Hiking, Exploring beaches, Whale Watching, Cycling, Boat Trips, Fishing, Golf, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Diving.

Location & Directions

Big Sur, California, United States of America

Post Ranch Inn is located on the Big Sur coast off Highway 1, 30 miles south of Carmel, 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles.

When to go

Big Sur is an all-year destination. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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