1. Post Ranch Inn
Given its grand-scale splendor along the California coast, simply pitching a tent in Big Sur can be a life-changing experience. Add infinity pools, organic contemporary architecture, and edge-of-the-world views, and you start to understand why this luxury, nature-filled retreat frequently tops best hotel lists. Rooms and suites vary – from a modern treehouse to a luxury home with infinity hot tub overlooking the Pacific – and come stocked with complimentary wine and goodies. Mornings offer outdoor yoga, guided hikes, and a hosted breakfast buffet at Sierra Mar, the resort’s signature restaurant, which features glass walls and ridiculous ocean vistas.