After an early start and an exhausting plane journey to San Jose, O and I finally got into our hire car and drove south down Highway 1. The Californian scenery along the coast was breathtaking and we drove through Monterey and Carmel by the Sea – both stunning. We finally arrived in the breathtakingly beautiful Big Sur surrounded by mountains, pine forest and sapphire blue Pacific Ocean, and pulled up to our hotel destination: The Post Ranch Inn. Situated on 100 acres of cliff top forest with panoramic views of both the mountains and the ocean it really takes your breath away. The hotel is made up of various modernist lodges dotted around the estate and each is fiercely private, allowing for mostly glass to make the most of the amazing views.
After a dip in the infinity meditation pool, we got dressed to go to the Ranch’s award winning Sierra Mar Restaurant, which is built on the very perch of the cliff top, thus giving the most sensational views of the ocean. After a day of travel we couldn’t handle the six course tasting menu but settled on two amazing main courses: O went for sea bass served on olive oil mashed potatoes with chorizo and heirloom tomatoes and I went for my favourite summer salad; heirloom tomatoes with Buffalo mozzarella and Basil Pesto with a side of olive oil mash. All the food here is organic and sourced locally and tastes divine. For dessert we went for the triple chocolate fudge cake served with Salted Caramel ice cream. We finished the evening with an organic mint tea before strolling back through the forest hand in hand, gazing at the clear starry sky and thinking we’re the luckiest people in the world.