I've had my eye on this resort for, literally, YEARS, and was just recently able to make the timing and reservation happen. So glad we did!!! What a fun concept, yurts along the California coast with fantastic views, fresh air, and the Pacific Ocean to feast your eyes upon. Just what we needed.
If you're interested in the "idea" of camping, but don't really want to camp, then this is a perfect option. You have the comfort of a queen sized bed, an in-room sink, table and chairs and a sofa to relax on, not to mention the Adirondack chairs on your deck for lazing about and soaking in some sun. You will have to use a communal bathroom for toilets and showers, but they were kept neat as a pin, supplied with body wash and hair dryers. Depending on your yurt location, you may have a bit of a walk. Neither my husband or myself experienced waiting times for toilets or showers, which was nice, even though the resort was fully booked.
The front desk staff was super nice, in fact EVERYONE was super nice. We were given a printed sheet that had local trails nearby, which was appreciated and handy to have.
Free breakfast, freshly made waffles (that you make!) are excellent, the homemade granola is delicious, fresh eggs each morning, toast, juice, yogurt...you decide, it's all great!! The owner happened to be in the dining room and gave me the great hint to put my plate and butter on top of the waffle maker to warm up both, brilliant! :-)
Aside from breakfast, we ate in the restaurant twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both meals were OUTSTANDING. Pricey, but very much worth the money.
Yurt location is key...there are some with full views of the ocean, some with partial ocean view, and still others with mountain views. From walking the grounds, it looks as if Yurt 9 & 10 are super ideal for unobstructed ocean views...but you will pay more. We were in Yurt 2, which had a partial view, and the best thing about it was the proximity to the restrooms. For some that may be a drawback, but for me, it was something I appreciated. It is also close to the lobby and restaurant. I had read another review that said that their room heater was on a 1-hour timer, ours was not...it ran off and on all night. The Yurts do heat up during the day, so if the temps are warm, you may want to roll up the window covers for some air, but close them up before the sun drops down because it can get chilly at night. Refreshing, really, more than bone cold...at least during our stay.
Tip: Be sure to bring binoculars. We were able to walk to the peak of the grounds, in front of Yurt 9, and look to the left and saw a lot of elephant seals sunning themselves on a nearby beach. We also spotted California Condors while driving and hiking about a bit north of Treebones. What a treat!
We'll definitely be back, it was a great, peaceful time. Save up your pennies and treat yourself, it is WELL WORTH it! Super friendly and accommodating staff, warm atmosphere.
- 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