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“Amazing Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
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“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Treebones is glamping at its finest. We stayed in yurt #11, with a "partial ocean view", however you really get a full ocean view with a few yurts between you and the ocean (not a big deal!)

Pros:
1. The yurts are very comfortable and clean. I don't camp - I felt comfortable at all times!
2. The bathrooms are excellent!! I was a bit afraid of using a shared bathroom (i've never done this before) - but the showers/bathrooms were really nice/clean and honestly I was the only one in there 95% of the time. It was much busier on the weekend and around breakfast though. I had to go in the middle of the night - just took my flashlight and was treated to an amazing sky full of stars!
3. The restaurant food is AMAZING. So fresh and just wonderful. Both nights we had actual family members from the family who own the propery serve us, which was really neat to see. Did I mention the food was AMAZING?!? The salads were direct from the on-site organic garden - picked that day, need I say more?
4. The property afforded nice outdoor spaces to enjoy the views. The pool area was really nice, there were also chairs and benches scattered around to just sit and hang.
5. The staff was so friendly and helpful! They helped us with everything....suggestions for where to hike, helped with baggage, helped with ice, etc...etc!! We were greeted by EVERYONE we ran into. Such a nice, friendly vibe all the way around.
6. Just an overall awesome way to experience this part of the Big Sur coast.

Cons:
1. The location - it's at the VERY south tip of Big Sur. If you want to see the main part of Big Sur...Big Sur Station, Julia Pfeiffer State Park/Beach - you will have a significant drive. It's more like a day trip to that part of Big Sur. There are plenty of great beaches/hikes near Treebones, which we did, but if you are specifically looking to spend more time at the spots further north or in Big Sur proper, I would suggest staying closer to those spots. That being said, if you don't mind driving back and forth on the road, then Treebones is a nice remote spot. The location was not a Con for us, but it might be for some people.
2. The yurts on not sound proof - so expect to hear lots of, um, well...how shall I say...noises of all kinds! Let's just say this, Treebones is a very romantic and freeing place : ) Use your ear plugs as needed.

I highly recomment Treebones, and we will be going back. Some tips:

*As some reviewers have said, this is not a traditional resort...so don't expect it to be. Consider it a luxury hippie encampment. Be one with nature...not fancy toileries or 800 count sheets. There's such a good vibe and beautiful scenery - just enjoy it for what it is and you will experience the magic of Big Sur.
*The partial ocean view yurts still have an ocean view (the porches face the ocean), while the mountian view yurts do not.
*Bring your own ice chest/snacks to cut down on food expenses. We brought our own wine and enjoyed before dinner, and brought our own snacks for lunch. Breakfast is free (very yummy). Save your dollars for the amazing dinners at the restaurant and sushi bar.
*Remember your bathing suit for the heated pool that overlooks the ocean!
*The yurts are not cleaned everyday like a normal hotel room, so you need to ask for new towels everyday if you need them.

I would be happy to answer any questions about our experience at Treebones!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Wow, stunning place. Had a sea view yurt with such a fantastic view. Immaculate inside and the fire makes it very cosy at night. Lovely grounds, ideal for relaxing and switching off. Really friendly staff and AMAZING food. Thanks for a lovely stay

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed at a campsite, not in a yurt. It was windy and misty, but still it is a very special place to stay, waking up to the sound of sea lions, and when the mist clears the views are fantastic. Dinner at the restaurant is really very good. Breakfast is so-so, compared to the dinner. It is nice to spend a day hiking and then soak in the hot tub. We were here over the labor day weekend, and this part of Big Sur was much less crowded then the more northern parts, so better for a nice hike.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Thank you for pointing out that Treebones is located at the southern end of Big Sur....and yes! this makes for more solitary hiking experiences on the local trails.
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New York City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed at Treebones because of all the amazing Tripadvisor reviews, which I have found to be generally reliable. I was really anticipating our one night stay as we drove up the coast this summer.(I was wanting to stay 2 nights, but I couldn't get the booking). I could tell almost instantly that Treebones wasn't going to work for me, from the tacky "Treebones" sign as we entered, to the cluster of equipment and machinery as we drove up to the main building, to the loudly rumbling generator. It continued: asphalt trails(so the golf carts can drive on them)connect the yurts to each other, plastic abounds: cheap plastic chairs poolside, plastic tarps on the yurts. Not attractive and rustic, unless you define rustic as a lack of amenities.
And the no-frills experience is expensive. We couldn't get the family yurt and I was dying to come (based on all the amazing reviews) so our family of 4 was compelled to rent 2 yurts (they wouldn't let us squeeze into 1 yurt, even if we wanted to). That cost a lot! Plus the expensive meals that are the only option because there really isn't anything else around, and it didn't feel safe to go driving around in the fog, on those twisty roads looking for dinner. It ended up being one of the most expensive stays of our two week trip!
The term "resort" is a misnomer. This is not a resort. There is nothing to do but swim in their tiny pool, sit in the hot tub, eat or play those board games that people talk about. And if the weather's bad, it's just food and board games! Anything else you might want to do is a hair raising car ride away. There is no place to walk to, unless you like driveways and parking lots.
People talk about the view, but be warned: it is very foggy in Big Sur, so even if you wanted to sit in a plastic chair and gaze at the view, ofttimes there's no view to be seen!
I think the people who love this place are unaccustomed to truly roughing it, so they think they're communing with nature, but they're really not.
However, the sushi bar was really, really good! And I thought the breakfast was simple and great, and FREE! I nearly fell out of my chair. The first amenity I experienced at Treebones, right before check out.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
The yurt roofs are made of a sturdy rainproof vinyl, not plastic; more information about these unique structures can be found on the homepage of Pacific Yurts, the company that builds them.
Treebones is a unique but remote and rugged venue. If you are not prepared to drive long twisty roads to get here, sleep in a tent -like structure, experience the unpredictability of nature (wild animals, wind, fog, mist, cold, sun, heat, bugs, rain) and accept the uncontrollable imperfections that are intrinsic with sustaining a vacation community in a natural setting on the edge of this vast and isolated coastline, then it is NOT for you.
On the other hand, if you love dipping into the natural world, you are willing to be flexible (walk to the restroom in the middle of a cold dark but ...quite possibly star littered or moon lit night) and you can take a chance at roughing it a bit in the face of an ever-changing climate while at the same time being offered some simple comforts (like delicious sushi and other meals, hot coffee and complimentary breakfast, fire lit lodge with nice music, warm hot tub to soak in that looks over the expansive ocean, and the helpful hands and hearts of some genuinely nice folks who live, work and love where they are and what they do.....then try us.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The location at the top of a mountain so near the coast makes for dome wild wheather... We pitched a tent there and the wind was so strong we had to put giant rocks inside to keep it from blowing away !!!! In august !!! The service was excellent except when we first arrived it was 2:15 and they made us sit and wait til 3 to check in...they serve lunch til 2 but they wouldn't feed us at 2:15 not even a bowl of soup we were starving !

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Thank you for giving us a try and for sharing your experience with wind...it may help another camper remember to bring their sturdy tent pegs....yes! at the edge of the continent you can expect wind...sometimes at the most unexpected times!
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London, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

we stayed in yurt 16 and had a great view of the ocean. The food inc sushi is amazing and well worth the money. I would advise you dont read all the reviews to save yourself the surprise of the magical experience of treebones. Take binoculars if you are going in whale season and ENJOY!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
Thank you for visiting...all the way from London! Your sentiments echo the hundreds of wonderful comments written in our Guest Book at the check- out desk. We hope you can visit again ...and yes! bring your binoculars...gray whales migrate past Treebones December through March.
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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We went to the Treebones Resort just for the restaurant. It was absolutely fantastic! The food was spectacular and the service was amazing. Oh and the view was awesome! Definitely would recommend it to anyone in that neck of the woods!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Treebones Resort

Address: 71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Green Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#5 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unusual and unique eco-lodge experience with immense and expansive ocean views on Big Sur's remote and rugged south coast. Guests enjoy cozy comforts in fully furnished tent-like yurts or choose a campsite and bring all their own tents/gear to camp. Resort 'feel' in rustic setting. Two popular restaurant venues with cozy, communal atmosphere boast great service, organic, locally sustained cuisine with same great views. Massage services, hiking information, and modern book & sundries store on premises. ... more   less 
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Treebones Hotel Big Sur

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