An excerpt from Weekend Sherpa:
Famous for its luxury yurts along the Pacific Coastline, Big Sur Treebones Resort has taken things to a new height with one of the most unique ways to spend the night in nature. Get ready to nest! As in “human nest”—a large, wood-woven art installation-turned-accommodation—meant for people who want to spread their wings for an unorthodox escape. Climb the 10-prong wooden ladder and enter this aerial wonder perched in a cliff-front tree eight feet off the ground. The nest fits just two people, and a full-sized Futon mattress adds extra cushioning. It’s also a befitting way to get a bird’s eye view of Big Sur’s beauty. Sticks from the nest frame the cliffy Big Sur coastline as the ocean stretches into the horizon. There’s a ground-level campsite and picnic table below the nest, in case the weather gets wild. You’ll have to bring your own sleeping bag, but that’s the extent of roughing it here: Nest guests get full access to Treebones’ hot tub, pool, on-site restaurant and sushi bar. Here’s a small tip: Arrive to check-in by bicycle, and the staff will hook you up with a free bottle of wine. A little birdie told you.
BONUS: Five minutes north of Treebones is Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sand beach on the coast of Big Sur and a popular landing spot for another kind of winged adventurer: Para-gliders and hang-gliders. A 0.7-mile out-and-back trek leads to the beach, a superb spot for sand dollar and jade-scouring.
Treebones was recently featured on TravelNerd. Below is an excerpt from that article.
“Treebones Resort perches cliffside along Highway 1, with many of its 16 yurts offering spectacular ocean and sunset views from their redwood decks. Inside, the luxuries include hardwood floors, towels and linens, hot and cold running water, electricity and gas-burning fireplaces. The pièce de résistance is their skylights, which allow guests to peer at star-filled night skies from the comfort of their queen-sized beds. Sounds of ocean waves and sea lions serve as gentle morning wake up calls.
The resort makes environmental sustainability a priority. All power comes from zero-emission turbines. Meals are served at an onsite restaurant serving veggies from the resort’s garden and eggs from the resort’s chickens, which eat the resort’s compost. The rest of the food is locally sourced whenever possible. Guests who arrive by bicycle are thanked with a free bottle of wine.
While the resort offers a heated pool, hot tub and outdoor sushi bar, it does not provide ensuite bathrooms. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own flashlights in case they need to make the 2-3 minute walk at night. The communal bathroom does, however, have private showers and changing areas.
In the high season from April to October, yurts with mountain views cost $199 per night for two people with a two-night minimum. Ocean views are $229 per night. Weekend stays cost 20% more. A breakfast buffet is included; lunch and dinner are not.
Fun fact: The resort also rents campsites, one of which offers exclusive use of a “human nest.””