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.
There’s even a hot tub on the balcony so you can sip champagne, relax and admire the view together in a style…
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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 😉
But mine was even better…
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!
Champagne infused with oyster, it tasted like…well, fishy champagne, not really my taste but great to try something different.
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 ;).Sorry 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…
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…
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.