Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Spa pool at Post Ranch Inn - photo by Rob McFarland

Spa pool at Post Ranch Inn - photo by Rob McFarland

The Sun-Herald, Australia – Apr 17, 2011

It’s not often you feel like an eco-warrior when you check in to a resort but since arriving at Post Ranch Inn, I’ve been feeling positively virtuous.

After a welcoming glass of Taittinger, my car is whisked away and I’m ferried to my room in an eerily quiet Lexus hybrid. I’ve just learnt that 70 per cent of the electricity I’ll use will be provided by the vast bank of solar panels I passed on the way in and that the property pioneered the region’s first commercial grey-water system.

Now, as I explore my enormous ocean-front suite, I notice telltale touches that confirm the owners are serious about their environmental footprint: refillable containers of soap, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom, reusable glass bottles of water by the bed and a stainless-steel water bottle that’s mine to take away.

It’s enough to make you want to hug a tree. And thanks to Post Ranch Inn’s extensive planting program, there’s an abundance of huggable giant redwoods on the 40-hectare property.

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