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 :)
Summary of things to bring just in case you think they will be handy.
- 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