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SilverSpoon on Honeymoon: One of the world’s best hotel’s Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Mr Silver and I have been lucky enough to stay in some truly spectacular and out-of-this world hotels. We’ve stayed in a luxurious tented camp in the middle of the Australian desert, a treehouse in the rainforest, an elephant camp in the Golden Triangle and a rice field in Chiang Mai. Now we had a new one to add to the list: a wood cabin perched on a cliff top 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean at a hotel called Post Ranch Inn.

Post Ranch Inn is in the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List of World’s Best Hotels, in the Travel + Leisure Top 100 (at no.14!) 2014 and it was voted best hotel by Mr & Mrs Smith in 2013. These are all sites I use regularly and trust for recommendations and with such positive support, Mr Silver and I knew we would be staying in one of our top hotel’s of all time…Post Ranch is made up of 39 cabins that sit dotted around the cliff top. We chose a Peak House Cabin that had a panoramic mountain view which could be enjoyed from our own private glass deck over the top of the ridge.

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

There’s even a hot tub on the balcony so you can sip champagne, relax and admire the view together in a style…

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

The room was incredibly spacious with walls made mostly of wood, apart from the entirely glass wall out to the gorgeous view. The structure is actually made completely from reclaimed wood, glass, steel and stone, inhale and you can smell the glorious Redwood trees; we really felt at one with nature.

Post Ranch Inn
 We loved our big wood-burning fireplace…
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

So romantic…and there was no TV in the room, so all you have to look at is the beautiful view and of course each other.

Post Ranch Inn
I loved the huge walk in shower, you could enjoy the view as you wash and even open the door of the shower out on to the balcony, the rooms are so completely private that there is no problem in doing so.
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

Cool sculptures made from recycled material such a stone and metal decorate the room so that several different elements are represented. Like it’s sister hotel, Cavallo Point, Post Ranch doesn’t just embrace luxury but also sustainability.

Post Ranch Inn
 The hotel provided us with a bottle of champagne to celebrate with.
Post Ranch Inn
But every resident at the Ranch gets a fully stocked fridge of complimentary snacks and wine.
Post Ranch Inn
 I love complimentary snacks and wine!
Post Ranch Inn
 And best of all were these babies, who doesn’t love a big jar with the word ‘Cookies’ on it. The cookies were gorgeous home made treats and the jar was replenished everyday.
Post Ranch Inn
Feeling the chill Mr S and I decided to make use of the coffee making facilities (though really I pretended to want a coffee as an excuse to scoff cookies…)
Post Ranch Inn
 Gentemanly, Mr S made me a coffee while I sat down to enjoy the view.
‘Are you going to have another cookie,’ I asked him. His positive response meant I felt I was allowed another one too…
And then we went to explore the hotel…
 Post Ranch Inn

The hotel has two gorgeous infinity pools over looking the sea. I admired the colours at Post Ranch Inn, the vibrant blues and greens. I said: ‘It’s like someone has put an Instagram filter on it, but it’s actually real…’
Mr Silver looked at me, shaking his head ‘You’re too obsessed with social media.’

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 And cue the bloggers knows-no-fear photo…
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 Doin’ it for the blog!
 There was also a larger heated pool in the valley below the mountain…
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn
One of the best parts of Post Ranch Inn is that it covers over 100 acres of land so it is totally private and exclusive, we even saw a very famous celebrity couple there making the most of the privacy. With so much beautiful land, Post Ranch Inn is just perfect for taking a hike… though if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget about the hike and head to the spa…
Post Ranch Inn
 For a totally zen massage using the spa’s own natural products made from Big Sur flowers.

And of course, on to the food. Post Ranch Inn has one restaurant, Sierra Mar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mr S had a nice view from the restaurant 😉

Post Ranch Inn

But mine was even better…

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

Perched high up on the cliff top with a view of the ocean, the restaurant feels like it’s actually floating in the air.

‘Ooohh…there’s a nine course tasting menu’ said Mr Silver, his face lighting up! Reluctantly, I agreed (but I’ve already just had two of the cookies in the room, I thought)…I’ll definitely be dieting when I get back. Anyway honeymoon’s aren’t the time for diets, you only get one so you might as well eat all the chocolate you’re given!

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

Champagne infused with oyster, it tasted like…well, fishy champagne, not really my taste but great to try something different.

Post Ranch Inn

I’m afraid I can’t remember everything that we had (I’m writing this up two weeks later and the menu isn’t online) but everything was so pretty I thought I’d share the photos, though as I remember the dippy egg dish (middle right) was pretty sublime.

We took a pause half way through dinner for some star gazing. Living in London, I get used to never seeing the stars but it’s so wonderful viewing the sky so sparkly and lit up when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, we didn’t take any photos that really did it justice and we returned to the table to finish off our meal. Seeing the stars like that was incredible and the setting was so romantic it was hardly surprising that the man on the table next to us proposed to his girlfriend.

Mr S and I smiled knowingly remembering those days, well we were an old married couple now ;).Post Ranch InnSorry for my poor recollection in describing these dishes, really I should have made some notes but I think that might have dampened the romantic mood.

The following day allowed for more stunning views…

Post Ranch Inn
 Infinity pool fun…
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn
 And a light lunch.
Post Ranch InnPost Ranch Inn was the perfect place to enjoy some time together outside of the busy cities that we’d spent so long in.

The evening bought more good food and fabulous fun as we decided to dine in Sierra Mar once again, there really was no need to leave the hotel…

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

The cuisine was really incredible at Post Ranch Inn but my one small criticism of the place was that the service was pretty slow. I’m all for a long leisurely meal but as it started to get late and we still hadn’t got our main courses I just nibble more on bread and drink more wine…

Tiny irk aside, Post Ranch Inn was truly excellent and one of the highlights of the honeymoon. I would definitely agree with the accolades and Post Ranch Inn is one of the best places I’ve ever stayed. Mr Silver and I bid a sad farewell as we loaded up the car and headed to our next destination, Santa Barbara.

  • Wow that infinity pool and shower looks lovely. How nice to be able to open the doors with no worry of prying eyes. The food looks lovely. How's it being back to reality Lucy x

    • I know, it was just beautiful!! I would still not have the nerve to pop out of the shower and on to the balcony even though no one could see!! Being back to reality is good! I missed everyone and it's nice to be home and not living out of a suitcase!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • You HAVE to dish who the celeb couple was!!!
    How you ever left that infinity pool I don't know! It looks amazing!
    x

    • Ahhh…I better keep their privacy! But I almost shrieked when I saw them in the restaurant!!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I really want to know who the Celeb couple is! Text me?!!!

    This looks like a gorgeous stay. I love the infinity pool. Was it cold though? That place truly looks like heaven.

    Very very jealous!

    Katie <3

    • So so beautiful! It was quite chilly but all the pools were heated. The hot tub on the balcony was a dream!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Hi! I loved to read about your stay in Big Sur. To me, it is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Next time you go there, try Deetjen's, though. Not luxury but filled with history and very cosy rooms. Not a perfect place for honeymooners, though, as the walls in the little wooden houses are paper thin… Food at the Post Ranch Inn looks amazing. But… I am one of those people you mention as "Some people's idea of travel may be with a back pack stuffed with mosquito repellent, water purifiers and a travel towel" and drag my – twentysomething – children around the globe with back packs…..;-)) And sometimes we'll stay in expensive places, no worries. They love how I bring adventure to our travels. What puzzles me slightly is how a young woman like yourself can afford to stay in such expensive hotels…wow! I was well nito my career and my forties before I could do anything like that. Ciao and be well. A. R. Jacobson, Brussels/Amsterdam

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