My husband and I recently stayed at Treebones and, overall, we were pleased with the accommodations. The lodgings, 16 yurts, which are semi-permanent tents with lots of creature comforts like pine floors, sink with hot and cold water, gas stove, comfy queen bed, electricity, are very unique and perfectly suited to the land they're on. They are truly "perched" along the water's edge.
Complementing the yurts, is a beautiful centrally located lodge with lots of space for sitting, complimentary games and books to borrow, a pool, a hot tub and a redwood bar overlooking the ocean. It's truly an idyllic spot and a wonderful place to relax. The owners and front desk staff were friendly and helpful. Also, because restaurant choices in the area are limited, we ate at Treebones both nights we were there (breakfast is complimentary and dinner is extra). The food was reasonably priced (for the area) and surprisingly delicious and satisfying. Service was quick and friendly. There's also a small store in the lodge where gifts and various sundries are sold. The prices aren't cheap, but not wildly expensive either.
For the pros of Treebones -- great location in a breathtaking spot, helpful and knowledgeable owners and staff, very unique and relaxing locale, lower priced lodgings in what is a very expensive area, very peaceful.
For the cons of Treebones -- no private baths, potential for noisiness since the yurts are glorified tents with very little insulation, parking setup is a bit weird (it's removed from the yurts and your luggage is moved via golf cart), very dark at night (they do provide flashlights), yurts are chilly at night and very warm during the day.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay, but I'm not 100% sure I'd return. I thought the prices were very high for what you actually got, though much cheaper than other area lodgings. I think if I were to return, I'd just rent a campsite rather than a yurt. It's much cheaper and you still have use of Treebones' facilities. While the shared bath was conveniently located, the women's showers were really awful in my opinion. They were cramped, dark and the dividers between the showers weren't completely opaque, so you could somewhat see your neighbor in the dressing area, which I thought was weird and I didn't really like. So much care went into the design of every other aspect of Treebones, I'm not really sure why they fell so short in the design of the showers.
We stayed in Yurt 7 which was panned in some other reviews, but we loved it. It's definitely ocean view, very large and it was quiet for us. I've included a photo of the view with this review.
- 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