360-degree coastal views and the wild mountain terrain of Big Sur provide a fitting backdrop for Post Ranch Inn’s eco-conscious surroundings (the property is powered by sun panels year-round and guests are chauffeured in Lexus hybrid vehicles). Situated on jagged cliffs—it’s a 1,200 foot drop to the Pacific Ocean—and shrouded in semi-permanent fog, the resort is a short drive to both Monterey and Carmel. Honeymooners can choose from three thoughtfully curated packages, all of which include dinner at Executive Chef John Cox’s local ingredient-driven restaurant Sierra Mar, free-reign of the hotel facilities, and at least one indulgent spa treatment. Local flora provides wild-crafted essential oils for the certified-organic products used at the Post Ranch Spa. Fair warning: Securing one of the 39 rooms requires quite a bit of patience and planning ahead. (Also: Kids are not allowed.)

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