Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Hotels in Big Sur + Monterey Bay

Nearly every Mongolian-esque yurt at this eco-resort has ocean views from the redwood decks and Adirondack chairs, but without the thread count or plumbing—the bathroom is a short walk away—a small price to pay for a spectacular location.

The 208-room hotel, next to the aquarium, is a family-friendly InterContinental with a pool.

If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided “Discovery Walks” appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket.

Just off California's most dramatic stretch of coast, this recently expanded cluster of cabins and lodge rooms was made for sybaritic nature lovers.

Along with more expected amenities, like a swimming pool and large, comfortable rooms, the property offers fanciful gardens that will grab the imagination of any dreamy child. (Check out the “bed” of flowers.)

Convenient and family friendly, the lodge is just steps from the beach and a 10-minute walk to Cannery Row.

161-room resort best known for the caliber of its on-site golf course.

Two-night minimum required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The floral prints and canopy beds are a little frilly, but the real draw here is the hospitality—a fireside breakfast, tea in the garden. The eight-room Victorian bungalow lives up to its name; it's only steps from a broad beach on the Monterey Peninsula.

Sprawling property that encompasses a 260-acre golf course and an on-site winery. 

Room to Book: Bungalow Patios rooms overlook the #9 fairway.

Doubles from $295.

Santa Cruz’s only beachfront hotel, the just-renovated 165-room property has morphed (thanks to new management by the Joie de Vivre group) from tired 1960s cinderblock to jaunty retro-chic boutique—and has its own pool to boot.

A stay at Bernardus Lodge proves that Napa hotels don’t have a monopoly on California’s premier wine country.

This sleek, intimate hotel sits on the edge of Monterey Bay. Three of the four rooms face the water, but watch the must-see sunsets from the roof deck.