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“What can you say about a yurt?” 5 of 5 stars
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71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, CA 93920   |  
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Monroe, LA
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“What can you say about a yurt?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We were looking for out of the ordinary, homey place to stay in Big Sur when I ran across reviews for Treebones. After a little research, reservations were made. Of course all of our friends thought we had " lost it"! WHAT, no bathroom in your room! No bathroom is a small price to pay for all the other great things about Treebones. Such as: the pool, hot tub, restaurant, sushi bar, view, ocean, serenity and the yurt itself. Lying in bed at night looking through the dome and seeing all the stars,priceless. Walking through the vegetable garden where out evening meal had just been harvested, awesome. I would stay here again and again and again.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We planned an entire trip to CA in order to stay at this resort. That usually leads to some disappointment but not this time. This place is amazing. Within two hours we were at peace and never wanted to leave. We arrive while there was still a think marine layer. It had been like that for our two days in Carmel as well. A bit of a let down to drive down the 1 and see nothing but white thick clouds. However, none of that really mattered once we showed up at Treebones. The place is so peaceful. To sit on the deck of your yurt and hear the sea lions talk to each other. All the staff is friendly and if you stay over a day they really start to know you. The bathrooms are always clean. The have flowers in the women bathroom. The pool though heated was still a bit cold for me. Restful sitting by pool reading a book and watching birds. Gift shop has snacks, things you may have forgotten and some souvenirs. The yurt themselves were extremely clean and comfortable. I loved the hand made soap provided. We were in yurt 8. We had a fireplace but it wasn't needed. The yurt did get warm in the day but we just kept the door open and popped the top, it cooled just fine. I didn't expect the yurts to be so close to each other but that didn't even matter. Yurt 8 I felt like we were away from everyone even though we weren't. The paper they provide with a short description of each trail in Big Sur is extremely helpful. Some of these hikes we wouldn't have known about without this paper. It gave great descriptions of them and directions from Treebones. Breakfast has make your own waffles. Scrabbled eggs, toast, and yogurt. After three mornings I was looking for something different but can understand the challenge there.

When our time was up we didn't want to leave. We are already trying to figure out how to come back soon. Thank you for amazing couple of days. We loved this place.

Room Tip: Being here is all that matters. If you have the chance ocean view.
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Green Features: Loved the hand made soap not in package! Loved the dark towel to do cleaning vs. the white ones. I wish more hotel would make the effort. I would support them if they did.
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Treebones resort is a truly unique place that is a great way to experience the outdoors without going all the way. We thought we would be glamping when we set out on this adventure but really it was more like a hotel room without a toilet inside it.

The yurts have gorgeous hardwood floors, a table and two chairs, a queen size bed with bedside tables on either side, a queen size sofa, a heater and a sink with hot water and electricity to plug in your electronics. At the top of the yurt is a dome skylight which you can open. The skylight also has no cover to it so you wake up with the sun unless you can sleep through it so I would have brought my eye mask if I’d know about that one.

I love how all places overestimate the walking time to the bathroom. It's about a 20 second walk to the bathroom. All the yurts are close, so you really can't worry about the location of your yurt unless it is too close to the action then maybe it would be a little noisy? We were in Yurt 8 and it was perfect.

There is no internet access in the yurts themselves. You can get internet up at the main building to sync as needed. There are no phones in the yurts or the main building. There is a pay phone – yes a pay phone but I don’t know anyone who has a calling card anymore and using your phone to skype is specifically discouraged because of the limited amount of total bandwidth here.

If you’re a dude, you’re in luck. Going to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a walk out onto your balcony. For the ladies, I suggest going to the bathroom twice before you go to sleep. Then don’t drink anything. If you have to go, the toilets are really only about 40 seconds walk away.

On your balcony that overlooks the ocean (if you get an ocean view), you will find two Adirondack chairs. We went out there to read yesterday afternoon and were greeted by whales playing around in the distance. So bring your binoculars because we forgot ours and the gift shop doesn’t sell them, rent them or apparently have a pair to borrow.

Finally, there are no bears. So if you get woken up in the middle of the night by a family of huge raccoons, just go back to sleep. Don't embarrass yourself and do what I did. I'll never tell. It helps not to keep food in your yurt, which will attract the animals who can't get in but will come 'round if you do!!

Wait, did I mention there is a sushi bar? I nearly forgot. Could this place get any better? There is an actual sushi bar right next to the pool and lodge and they have great fish. I was really impressed with Sara, the sushi chef. And I am a sushi snob for better or worse.

If I have one complaint, and it's a tiny very high maintenance one, it's that they don't have robes. It may go against the "roughing it" ethos of the hotel, but because you have to run back and forth to the bathroom and the shower, it would be super nice if they had robes in the rooms :)


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Room Tip: We stayed in Yurt #8 and we loved it. The view was great and it was easy to get to.
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Green Features: They are completely self sustained. They do not use any outside energy as far as I know.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We absolutely loved this place! We stayed three nights in late July in an ocean view yurt. The location was spectacular - looking right out over the Pacific and the yurt itself was beautiful, very comfortable and cosy. The best thing about the yurt was we got the 'back to nature' feel of camping, whilst enjoying a bit of luxury - perfect! The shared bathrooms are the only downside, and it's really no big deal - a quick trip, and they're very clean and pleasant.
Both restaurants (the sushi bar and the Wild Coast restaurant) served great food, and breakfast was also of a high standard. We also enjoying exploring the organic veggie garden and meeting the local cat Harry, and made the most of the board games available in the lodge.
The only downside to this stay was the Big Sur fog - being from Australia we weren't aware of this before booking our trip, and while we enjoyed the views when the sun was out, we were a bit disappointed we couldn't do so all the time. However, I think that's part and parcel of visiting this stunning area!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We checked into the Treebones resort for a two night stay. We booked one night at the campsite and the second night in the nest (because the nest was only available for the one night - you need to book it really far in advance). Check in was flawless and surprised by the warm and very helpful staff that even helped to bring us and our luggage to our campsite. That night we enjoyed a delicious sushi dinner and special thanks to Danny for his great advice, good service and solid sense of humor. The next day we stayed at the pool all day enjoying the unique view and sunshine. We moved our stuff into the nest and had our tent setup under the nest as a backup for rainy or foggy weather. The nest is unbelievable unique and has a great view. It also is surrounded by a wooden fence that keeps it very private which is great. That night we unfortunately did experience some foggy weather that caused rain drops to drop into the nest from the tree, and it did get quite wet. We unfortunately had to continue our night in the tent. My only suggestion would be to have tarp available to ensure a dry night inside the nest. Except for that everything was unreal and really made our trip unforgettable. Not to forget the free delicious breakfast and free wifi. Highly recommended and thank the Treebones team for this warm and great stay.

Room Tip: The nest is very unique and a once in a lifetime experience
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This place was truly amazing! We stayed here two nights in the Silbey tent which is among the pitch your own tent area but is a tepee like, already standing tent so you don't have to set up your own. To me I think it had the best location as I like to be a it away from the crowds and although other tent areas were around us we had a lot of privacy.

Sibey Site: On a raised platform and stays comfortable at night. Had a beautiful location and view, also had a view of the Nest and it looked so cool as the sun was setting.

Views: Incredible! I spent so much time sitting on our picnic table staring at the beautiful view of the ocean and the stars can be seen so well at night I never wanted it to end.

Lodge: Such a beautiful place, it has the cutest gift shop area with all kinds of things you would need, snacks and supplies. Their bathroom and showers were the nicest I saw on my whole 3 week road trip and were wonderful to use, they had flowers in there and it was always nice and warm :)

Food: They have 2 restaurants, we unfortunately never had time to eat at the main lodge restaurant but definitely had the sushi and it was the best most beautifully made sushi I have ever eaten, it was a bit pricey but something I really did not mind paying extra for. We ate out on the Sunset bar and this was something I had been looking forward to the most and it was amazing, that is the view I wish I could have everyday while I eat! Plus their free morning breakfast has the most delicious hand made granola and yogurt plus huge fluffy make yourself waffles!

Service: Everyone was soo friendly and helpful, the person who greeted me chatted and made sure I knew everything, plus had no problem any time I wanted to change anything or ask any questions. Everyone was very attentive, the people who drove us from our tent to the parking lot always chatted and gave us ideas of things to do in the area, it helped make the experience great.

Pool: Maybe my favorite pool of all time, definitely my favorite pool of the trip it has a view of the ocean, right by the sky bar, and is like swimming in a fairy tale! Its surrounded by huge colorful flowers and butterflies were dancing all over them. It was clean and just perfectly in the sun, a nice size and I just had such a fun and relaxing time.

Honestly this is such an amazing place, the Yurts looked really nice as well but I think for me camping / the silbey tent / the Nest are the main places I will choose to stay and I will most certainly be back!

Green Features: This is another reason I love this hotel so much they did a fantastic job reducing waste and using fresh local organic ingredients for the food. I don't think any place could be better!
  • Stayed July 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We just got back from staying at the Nest at Treebones. If you enjoy nature, this is a must! The campsite included a giant nest with a beautiful view of the ocean, and a space at the bottom of the hill where we pitched a tent. There is a fence around the nest to discourage other curious guests from climbing into it. It was an incredibly unique experience. The mattress included in the nest was more comfortable than I had expected and we did not add any padding other than a sleeping bag and sheets. I had been concerned about bugs but did not find this to be a problem in the nest either. The bathrooms are about a 3 minute walk away.

We did not eat at the lodge other then the included breakfast. In many ways, we felt underdressed since we were doing more of a camping experience. We took a stove and cooked at our site. If you wish to go hiking or to the beach, you will need to drive offsite. Sand dollar beach is close by, and if you go at the right time, you do indeed find plenty of sand dollars. However, there is not a lot of hiking at this beach.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
#4 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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