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Rooms: 40 rooms and suites
The cost: From $US595 a night
What you get: Each room has a king-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, indoor or outdoor spa tub, private deck, stereo, digital music system with 45 channels, coffee and tea-making facilities. Guests enjoy the complimentary wet bar and mini-bar with snacks, juices, and a half bottle of red and white wine. There are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guestrooms. Included in all room rates is a bountiful complimentary breakfast buffet in the award-winning Sierra Mar Restaurant. Arrangements may be made for in-room delivery
What you don't: Lunch and dinner is extra, although accommodation and meal packages are available. Massages and beauty treatments are extra.
Eat: The restaurant, Sierra Mar, with a 14,000-plus-bottle wine cellar, changes its menu daily. The focus is on organic and local produce, focusing on fish, meat, and fruit and vegetables.
Drink: Two bars as well as a well-stocked wine cellar.
Things to do: Yoga, meditation, guided nature walks, tai chi, cooking classes, swimming.
Take the plunge: Some rooms have plunge pools
What to wear: Chic casual
Little ones: This is a strictly adults-only escape.
Getting there: Located on the Big Sur coast off Highway 1, 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. The closest airport is Monterey, about a 45-minute drive away. Guests can also fly into San Jose Airport or San Francisco Airport.
Perched above one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, in the heart of Big Sur, this romantic retreat is a favourite of LA’s celebrity set who come here for privacy, serenity – and to detox. The focus of this high-end green escape is on health and wellness, with organic and healthy cuisine a priority, organic and biodynamic wines served and water filtered and bottled from the property’s own spring. Cottages have been built around existing trees, and have a king-sized bed, wood-burning fireplace, and private deck. If you are looking for exclusivity, this is it. Just ask Jennifer Aniston.
Photo Credit: Kodiak Greenwood