4/10/2013 01:15:00 PM

Room of the Week: Cliff House at the Post Ranch Inn

Drive along US 1 through the Big Sur section of California and you'll come across the Post Ranch Inn, a boutique hotel well-positioned along the bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific. Our favorite room here is the aptly named Cliff House, a free-standing structure with a deck suspended over the cliff. Enter through your very own garden and you'll discover 960-square-feet of space, with radiant-heated floors, a wood-burning fireplace and a glass-walled bedroom so you can take vistas from under the covers. You also get ocean views from both the indoor spa tub and outdoor hot tub.

When you leave the room: The Inn includes a small but fantastic spa set amongst the trees—we'd opt for the "Crystal and Gemstone" treatment during which an aromatherapy massage is combined with Big Sur jade, polished by the Pacific Ocean (1.5 hours, $210). Complimentary activities like morning yoga, guided nature hikes and star gazing are offered regularly, while two heated infinity pools make perfect spots to unwind after a day exploring Big Sur. When hunger strikes, hit Sierra Mar where Chef John Cox cooks up California cuisine. Foodies should splurge on the $160 nine-course "Taste of Big Sur," where the terrain has been translated into dishes like "Roe Roe Roe" (a trio of caviar), wild boar tenderloin with three preparations of bay laurel, and "Campfire" (oak smoked chocolate creméux).

47900 Highway 1, Big Sur; 831-667-2200


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