The Post Ranch Inn,California
Wow factors: Live on the edge—literally—inone of The Cliff House Rooms, the almost-1,000-square-foot suites atop Big Sur'sdramatic cliffs. The luxurious interiors aredecorated with handmade furniture andartwork from local craftsmen. The reclaimed woodwalls were chosen for the eco-friendlysuites before "eco-friendly" was even a term.View the Pacific Ocean from the spa tubsuspended over the cliff on a cantileveredterrace, and watch the sun set from your bed,with your window shades' remote-control inhand. When you return from dinner, you'llfind a fire crackling in the fireplace. Otheramenities include a private garden entryway,heated floors, and a complimentary wet bar.
When you do leave the room: Peace andtranquility are easy to come by with complimentaryyoga and meditation. You also can meet with the inn's shaman, who will help youget in touch with your "energy." Couples' spatreatments and guided hikes of the VentanaMountains also are available.
__Rates: __From $2,185 per night; other roomsfrom $550 per night