The Post Ranch Inn, California
Wow factors: Live on the edge—literally—in one of The Cliff House Rooms, the almost- 1,000-square-foot suites atop Big Sur's dramatic cliffs. The luxurious interiors are decorated with handmade furniture and artwork from local craftsmen. The reclaimed wood walls were chosen for the eco-friendly suites before "eco-friendly" was even a term. View the Pacific Ocean from the spa tub suspended over the cliff on a cantilevered terrace, and watch the sun set from your bed, with your window shades' remote-control in hand. When you return from dinner, you'll find a fire crackling in the fireplace. Other amenities include a private garden entryway, heated floors, and a complimentary wet bar.
When you do leave the room: Peace and tranquility are easy to come by with complimentary yoga and meditation. You also can meet with the inn's shaman, who will help you get in touch with your "energy." Couples' spa treatments and guided hikes of the Ventana Mountains also are available.
Rates: From $2,185 per night; other rooms from $550 per nightCourtesy of The Post Ranch Inn