I won't go into detail on the grounds, which are gorgeous, the eco approach, which is noble, the food, which is delightful (and not surprisingly on the pricey side), or the staff, who are very special, each and every one of them. The other reviews cover all that.
We stayed in the nest. It was the highlight of a week-long trip to California. The Human Nest is, first, an unreal structure build with branches in such an artful and appealing way, you just have to say "Wow."
It is a circular pod within a pine grove, raised about 8 feet above the ground and accessed by sturdy wooden ladder. The branches are woven in a way that is not water tight or wind tight so you get tons of fresh air. As for rain, there's a spot within your camp area to pitch a tent, but with this drought there doesn't seem to be too much danger of getting wet!
Bring sleeping bags to go on top of the futon. Your interior space is bigger than a King mattress area. Within the branches you can find plenty of nooks for a bottle of water, camera, etc.; tuck your glasses inside your shoes and definitely bring a flashlight or lantern for any night time potty activity - the bathrooms are farthest from the Nest (all the Yurts are closer) but we thought this was a GOOD thing!
Your view from the nest is directly out to the ocean, where whales come by blowing, tail-slapping and even breeching. Amazing. Sea lions to the north have conversations all night long. If this bothers you there are foam earplugs in a basket at checkin. We found it soothing.
We suggest bringing in wine, cheese, fruit, crackers, anything you don't have to cook. There are no real grocery options anywhere in the area. If you have food in a cooler, make sure it's VERY hard to open, or better, stow it in your car for the night. A sign reminds Nesters that raccoons are among the area's wildlife. They can unzip things, by the way. We were missing our berries and avocados from our zip-closed cooler after the first night. Lesson learned.
People mention how expensive dinner is. Our solution was ordering several appetizers. They were SO tasty and plenty of food. Also, the sushi is within the realm of reality price-wise, and some of the BEST sushi I've eaten (maybe thanks to the fresh air and spectacular sunset but also Suzanne was a primo sushi-maker and the stuff was super fresh). Only thing is, they mean it when they say first come first served. Don't imagine that you can just order early and come pick up your order. Take-aways are continually pushed to the back of the line as more people come to eat in. But eat out on the veranda. Bring a fleece or something warm as it cools down nights.
All in all, you will not want to leave the nest.
- 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