USA – Post Ranch Inn, California

USA - Post Ranch Inn, California

With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the 40 romantic guest rooms at Post Ranch Inn are constructed using recycled materials, including redwood reclaimed from wine casks. All have king-size beds, wood-burning fireplaces and indoor spa tubs. There are also two separate villas. Dining is at Sierra Mar, where executive chef Craig von Foerster serves Californian dishes with a European twist, accompanied by selections from an extensive Old and New World wine list. Two heated infinity pools, an outdoor swimming pool, an extensive spa-treatment menu and daily yoga sessions show that relaxation is taken very seriously here.

X-factor ‘It doesn’t get better than this dreamy cliffhanger, 1,200ft above the rugged Big Sur coast,’ says Gold List contributor Bonnie Tsui. ‘At night, the dramatic Pacific wave-scape gives way to a sky filled with stars.’