2 things: - I will spend 2 days in Big Sur area, and want a taste of both types of heaven - the luxury/cozy cottage/spoil me rotten experience, and then the camping out to get as close to the beauty as it gets experience.
The first - Luxury experience - I am willing to spend up to $500 on a room for one night with a spectacular view of the ocean, to be spoiled with a luxurious and beautiful, peace and quiet experience. Maybe a massage a well. I was looking at the Ventana vs. the Highlands Inn, Park Hyatt Carmel. What is your vote? If you can comment on access to the beaches below, that would be great.
If neither is your preference - do you have a cozy recommendation with just as spectacular views of the ocean? Will my money be better spent elsewhere? Ocean view, comfort, and peacefulness are the main criteria here.
The second - Camping experience - I also would like to get as close to the great redwoods as possible, with easy access to great hikes at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, or other recommended Parks close by. Any suggestions from your experience?
Thanks in advance for your advice !