The Human Nest is really all it's cracked up to be! We arrived late from Monterey (plan more time than you think for the stunning drive along the coast) but still received a warm welcome at the main building and were even able to get dinner during the last few minutes of service (restaurant closed at 8:30 the night we were there.) It was great to have that option on-site though, as we were just coming from a job in Monterey and hadn't eaten yet.
The Nest is at the edge of the resort, and a staff member takes you and your luggage up in a small golf cart (nice, since we had backpacks plus the tent in case of rain, etc.) The Nest itself: It's built up from the ground about 10 feet or so, and you climb a simple ladder to go up. The provided mattress was not as icky as I'd feared from other reviews; lived-in, definitely, but not HazMat suit material! Temps were in the 50s in July (a surprise to me, so check those forecasts!) but a staff member suggested using pillows (I used a beach towel) to cover the smaller hole inside the nest and it did reduce wind flow-through quite a bit.
Other than that, we could hardly close our eyes all night - you truly have an expansive, unobstructed view of the ocean in front of you, and with a full moon on the night we were there, we watched the clouds, moon and waves roll across the horizon - accompanied by the barks of elephant seals to boot!
Breakfast was included on our first morning there, and we enjoyed yummy DIY waffles, awesome homemade yogurt and granola, juice, etc. A totally magical experience, super laid back but attentive and caring staff, awesome all the way around!
A highly recommended stop on the way to Treebones would be the Limekiln State Park - entrance on your left as you're driving to Treebones - totally more than you'd think from driving in with awesome, easy hikes to huge redwoods, sparkling streams and beach access. I think day access was around $10. We lucked into it thanks to a staffer rec from Treebones and it was JUST what we wanted for some quick-and-easy nature!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unusual and unique eco-lodge experience with immense 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. Sustainability statement: We are dedicated to providing an honest eco-experience. We are off grid and over 50% sustained by solar power. We recycle and utilize our onsite garden and chickens to complete a composting cycle. We are also human-sustained: Meaning..we serve tourists with our hearts and our hands and there are humans behind the service here..not robots! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Treebones Resort Big Sur
- Treebones Hotel Big Sur