Well-Being is the new niche for luxury.
Post Ranch Inn, a resort and spa 2.5 hours South of San Francisco, is a luxury retreat perched on a cliff over the Pacific in the natural park of Big Sur, California.
Quietly healing in tree houses between the ocean and the mountains. The spa offers deep tissue massages as well as spiritual treatments with therapists seriously trained in energy channeling. Intense rebalancing of chakras and bridging your two brain halves is taking place in the fresh and intimate individual rooms on the first floor of the spa in the Butterfly tree house. Water bottled at the property source are offered in a beautiful sturdy and thick clear design packaging. Light oils are used for in depths pressure.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the meadows sloping down the ocean at the main restaurant, where a deer and her spotted fawn will graciously visit and graze in front of you.
Post Ranch Inn has also a fine food reputation with a true gourmet four course tasting menu with perfectly sized portions that lets you try everything without overwhelming your stomach. Each course gives you several preparations of the same ingredient, which makes you feel that you are trying ten courses at least. Try the lobster meat and claw with risotto, and the beef combination of rib-eye, short-rib and foie gras in such small portions that it doesn’t make you gain weight. All pleasure…
The ingredients are super fresh, the breakfast chef offers you a buffet of made-to-order eggs any style, pancakes and waffles, as well as all the usual fruits, yogurts, veggies and bread and pastries; try the carrot walnut and banana bread. Each meal truly re-invigorates you. House-made chocolate chips cookies are still warm in the cookie jar in your room when you check in; all snacks and drinks are at no charge in your mini-bar: a true bliss when you come back from your one hour gorgeous hike on Billy’s trail or to the secret meadow, one of the 100 acres charming outdoors settings of the property, or when you come back from your 8:30am one hour yoga class in the contemporary yurt, or from a swim in the adjacent lap pool.
Enjoy sweet dreams as you overlook the forest from your large arched room window, feeling comforted in this cosy beautiful design nest.
The resort is pricy, but frankly worth it, as even in one night and one day you will be able to get the full experience.
Located on famous California highway 1, Post Ranch Inn is a magical outpost on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The perfect halt on your road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Text by Emmanuelle Linard @edelkoortinc