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.
- 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