BIG SUR – TREEBONES RESORT
Treebones Resort is a wonderful option for a stay in Big Sur.
Here, staying in furnished yurts, you can enjoy that camping feeling of being totally immersed in nature without having to actually organise the full camping logistics.
This is especially helpful if you’re visiting from overseas without camping gear. Or if, like me, you quite like having the option of using a hair-straightener for a few minutes of a morning. I think we can agree that good hair only improves a holiday. The utility of a simple power-point cannot be underestimated.
Located at the southern end of the Big Sur coast, Treebones is a beautiful property set on the hillside above Highway One, overlooking the ocean.
There are 16 yurts in total, which have been carefully placed into the landscape. Smaller yurts accommodate couples, while there are larger yurts available for groups of up to 5 people.
The yurts are nicely furnished with full bedding and linen, a simple table and chairs, a sink with hot and cold running water and a separate seating area with a gas fireplace. There are no kitchen facilities, but there are cups and wine glasses set out on the table. This is proper ‘glamping’ and the furnishings, materials and amenities reflect that.
We booked one of the larger yurts, with a full ocean view. It was pretty spectacular.
These big yurts are BIG. How big, you ask? Well here’s a photo snapped by Miss A (just ignore me standing there packing my bag) where you can really appreciate the size of the space. Note also our bags – collectively, we are the 3 worst people I know when it comes to packing light.
See that skylight? Not only is it beautiful for gazing up at the stars in the cooler months, but in summer you can even pop it open.
After a big day exploring the outdoors, you want to relax in a comfy bed. Happily the beds are both nicely styled with colourful quilts and tres comfortable.
There are extra blankets provided for the cooler nights which is a nice touch, as it does get pretty chilly up here on the ridge-line.
Bathrooms are a short walk from the yurts and these include showers, with nice eco-soaps, shampoo and conditioner provided.
If you’d really prefer to camp (really?), there are campsites available on the property. If you’re going to camp, you may as well choose the site that comes with exclusive use of this incredible ‘human nest’.
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time for breakfast before hitting the trails.
A simple but tasty continental style breakfast is included in the rate. Think toast, muesli and yoghurt. There is a pretty fancy waffle maker available for guest use too, which we did try out one day. Seemed wrong not to.
For dinner, you can choose to eat in the main lodge where traditional restaurant fare is on offer. Order the artichoke dip as a starter – delicious!
If you’re quick, you can grab a spot on the couches right in front of the fire. We were lucky to have live music the night we had dinner here thanks to Anthony & Mira , a great couple who play excellent duets and happily played our requests.
Perched here in front of the fire is also the perfect spot to engage in a highly competitive game of Uno with your friends. I can’t remember who won from our group on this particular night, but it wasn’t me so I guess it doesn’t really matter.
There’s also an incredible sushi bar. It seats just a handful of people on a first-come first-served basis. Seriously this has to be some of the most delicious and fresh sashimi we’ve ever tried.
The chefs in the sushi bar are also lots of fun, blasting a great soundtrack while they prepare your order right in front of you. It’s really a treat to enjoy such an fantastic dining experience in such a remote, beautiful location. If you only stay at Treebones for one night, eat here!
As you might expect in these parts, there is also a real focus on sustainability on the property. You can visit the organic garden, below, where maps are available for you to take a self-guided tour. The garden produce is used in the main restaurant.
There’s also a heated pool and spa – both overlooking the ocean. It was a bit chilly to tempt us on this visit, maybe next time!
Other facilities include a small gift shop/convenience store. This had some good snacks and practical items for hiking and day trips, if you forget anything.
Treebones is a very special place to stay in a very stunning part of the world. It’s a great experience that we will treasure for sure.
If you’re thinking about it, don’t hesitate – they do book out pretty far in advance, especially for weekends.
- Located at 71895 Highway 1, Big Sur, Treebones is on the southern end of the Big Sur coastline. It’s actually only about an hour and 20 minutes from Cayucos, or 50 minutes from Hearst Castle. This means you’re located a little further away from some of the famous Big Sur hikes and attractions than some of the other resorts are. It’s about a half an hour drive from here to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, for instance. No biggie, but worth keeping in mind if you don’t like driving back and forward a little bit.
- They do recommend you pack layers and I can’t agree more. In fact, if you feel the cold, go ahead and pack your thermals! The yurts are made of fabric and they are, particularly the ocean-front ones, pretty exposed to the weather. We had one extremely windy night and we were a little cold. When the breeze is blowing, the fabric of the yurts will also rustle and flap in the wind quite loudly. There are earplugs provided in the yurts and you will sleep better if you put them in!
- There is no mobile reception or wifi, except for a little patch of reception in the main lodge. Disconnection is part of the appeal of a Big Sur trip though, so try to embrace this!