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“Spectacular. Eclectic. Whimsical”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Treebones Resort

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Treebones Resort
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Dublin, California
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“Spectacular. Eclectic. Whimsical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

No amount of words would describe our 2 day experience at Treebones. We just got back to the South Bay (San Jose, CA), after spending an awesome weekend at Treebones Resort. We rented a Yurt overlooking the pacific ocean and had the best restful, relaxing wonderful weekend. The sushi restaurant and dining amenities at the lodge were awesome and everyone was super helpful and friendly. I love the whimsical surprises one finds while exploring the resort. I cannot indulge you with the details...you'll just have to find out for yourself!

By the way, the restroom and shower amenities were super clean and a short walk to our Yurt. One will not be disappointed in staying here. We will definitely be back and perhaps renting the treehouse.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

over the pacific and comfortable accommodation in an large family style ocean view jurte #13 for two nights. Great experience, you are close to nature and still enjoy all the amenities you expect from a fine resort. Missed really nothing here!

Room Tip: ocean view jurtes for the vistas
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

There really are no words that do justice to how fabulous Treebones is! My husband is an outdoorsy guy, and my idea of roughing it is the Holiday Inn; "glamping" at Treebones was the perfect compromise. We unfortunately could only stay one night, so we didn't get to experience everything at the resort and in the area, but now we have a reason to return.

We stayed in yurt #11, with a partial ocean view. It was spectacular! Large with a comfortable queen bed, sink, sofa, and table with two chairs. Our "window" looked out on the ocean and each yurt has a small deck with chairs. There was even a proper door. The yurt was very clean with fresh towels and perfectly made bed. It was honestly nicer than a lot of expensive hotel rooms.

The restaurant was delicious as well. I was surprised to see such elegant food that they have on the menu and was even more surprised at how good it tasted. There is also a bar that wraps around the restaurant where you can sit with a glass of wine and book and look out over the ocean for hours.

Overall, this is an experience not to be missed!

Room Tip: I'd suggest ocean view or partial ocean view
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

I was skeptical of this place, thinking that using a shared bathroom would ruin this place. It was a minor inconvenience at worst, given everything else this hotel had to offer. The views of the whole resort are truly spectacular. Every point of the place offers a new view of the Pacific vistas (make sure you hang out at the lodge one night for sunset).

The resort has so many amenities of any other resort, and all are so well done. The yurts are huge and seem like an upscale hotel room anywhere else (only bigger). There is a sink in the room, so at least you can wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. The restaurant was really tasty (which is great, given that there is nothing else very close by at all). The dinners weren't inexpensive, but everything was cooked well and tasted very fresh (they have an onsite organic garden, which I believe they use for their meals - it's also so fun to walk through). Service at the restaurant was sometimes slow, but with the great view and ambiance, it didn't really matter. The breakfast that's included was so good - the yogurt and muesli were so much better than the typical yogurt containers you get at other hotels. The pool and hot tub are small, but nice and have panoramic ocean views.

All in all, I would go back to this place in a heartbeat.

Things to know:
Great views
Large Rooms
Good food - get to restaurant for dinner early - they tend to run out of specials and meals.
Far from the town of Big Sur (where there are more restaurants, etc) - about 1 hour drive
Wi-fi available only in the main lodge, and it's not great (no cell service anywhere)

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review . Our granola, peanut butter and berry preserves are all handmade in house. The yoghurt served with breakfast is organic, and you are correct, the salad greens and many vedgies on the lunch and dinner plates are harvested fresh from our garden daily!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed at one of the campsites (pitched our own tent) as we traveled up the Californian coast. It was a very nice place, and we really enjoyed the showers, pool, hot-tub, deck, and restaurant. Our campsite had a wonderful ocean view, but the ground was very course gravel and had a significant slope. All in all, it was the most uncomfortable campsite of our five nights in the central coast, but the amenities were a treat.

Room Tip: Campsite 3 has a significant slope.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Breathtakingly beautiful, unique, serene, and relaxing. The yurts are spotlessly clean, roomy, and have comfortable linens and beds. We had a two person yurt, which had a queen bed, a futon couch, sink, mirror, table/chairs. Very spacious. Each yurt has a view deck (ocean or mountain) with Adirondack chairs for relaxing. There are several great hiking trails nearby... Or just hang out and relax. We enjoyed the pool, hot tub, and several private ocean view sitting spots before dinner. We started the evening whale watching from the ocean front outdoor bar, then feasted on sushi at the on site ocean view sushi bar. We even played a game of ocean view scrabble!! This is a great place for families, couples, or friends. The yurts have cloth walls, but all patrons respected the 9:00pm quiet time. Warning: the seals can be loud throughout the night, but earplugs are provided at the front desk. The yurts have dome skylights, so bring a sleeping mask if you don't want to wake with the sunrise. The restrooms are a short stroll away and are spotless, with granite counters and surprising amenities. This is truly a spectacular spot. Glamping at its best!!!!

Stayed July 2014
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MrsTreebones, Owner at Treebones Resort, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
We feel we live in paradise too! All 22 of our staff live here and love it..SSHHH...let's not tell anyone else!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

We recently stayed two nights at Treebones and absolutely loved it! We all agreed we wish we had booked a longer stay and will definitely be returning. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful, especially front desk staff and the always-happy-and-singing Jonny. Our waitress Brenna and several different female front desk staff willingly recommended places for hiking, food, and sea kayaking, and even made phone calls for us to book these. That being said, we did experience a bit of inflexibility and poor attitude with Dominic, and wondered if this is the staffer mentioned in a previous negative review.

The yurt (we rented #1, one of the large yurts, to accommodate our family of 5) was spacious, comfy, and clean. We liked everything about it, including the close proximity to the shower rooms. Restroom/shower room facilities were clean, well decorated,and nicely stocked with the necessesities, including a hair dryer. The grounds are ruggedly beautiful, with interesting little nooks and crannies to explore.

We loved our 3 1/2 hour+ hike up Vicente flat (don't let the name fool you) with amazing views of the Pacific Coast and highly recommend Cubby at Sea for Yourself in San Simeon for sea kayaking. Dinner at Treebones' Wild Coast was quite good, as was breakfast, and we loved Sushi Chef Sarah Sweeney's creative sushi.

Altogether, a wonderful stay and we highly recommend Treebones.

Green Features: Treebones is a very environmentally-friendly resort.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Treebones Resort
Address: 71895 Highway #1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Region: United States > California > Big Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Family Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Green Hotel in Big Sur
#5 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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