Custom designed journey in partnership with Range Rover.
Drive along one of America’s most iconic and scenic roads– the Pacific Coast Highway– and be dazzled at every turn. From a sunset sail in Santa Barbara to learning to identify medicinal herbs in Big Sur to whale watching in Carmel, this is coastal California at its finest.
Days 1 & 2
Your journey begins with a drive up the stunning California coast to your first stay– San Ysidro Ranch. Hidden in the hills of Montecito outside the bustle of downtown Santa Barbara, this historic oasis is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Private, exquisite cottages provide a fragrant refuge amongst lavender fields and citrus groves. From here, you’ll venture out to explore the best of ‘the California Riviera’ from a morning beach trail ride to a sunset sail on the Pacific Ocean.
Days 3 & 4
Spend your morning wandering Lotusland Foundation with one of the garden’s caretakers. This botanical wonderland fills acres with gorgeous fauna on the former estate of eccentric socialite and opera singer Madame Ganna Walska. Next, head further up the coast into the heart of the Santa Ynez wine country. Auberge’s newly renovated Inn at Mattei’s Tavern will be your home for the next two nights. Reimagined with new luxurious touches while paying homage to its interesting past as a stagecoach stop and speakeasy, it’s the perfect place from which to enjoy the area’s blossoming fine dining scene and acclaimed wineries.
Days 5 & 6
Onwards and upwards to one of the most stunning stretches of the California coast: Big Sur. Taking a winding single track trail through the redwoods to fern-covered Partington Creek before climbing through oaks to reach a coastal overlook is not to be missed. Armed with a gourmet picnic, you’ll descend to a quiet sandy beach, watching the waves roll onshore and gently breaking against the time-weathered rocks. Embark on a hike with a specialist guide who will teach you how to identify edible and nonedible mushrooms, along with numerous other edible and medicinal plants such as Redwood Sorrel, California Sagebrush and Bay Laurel.
Alila Ventana Big Sur includes 59 secluded suites featuring expansive balconies, 160 magnificent acres of natural splendor on the rugged Pacific coast. The interior design and spaciousness of the property compliments the natural beauty of the surrounding redwoods, coast and cliffs, while adding luxurious amenities.
Days 7 & 8
On your way up to Carmel, explore one of our favorite state parks, Point Lobos, with a private bike adventure. Your final stay is Bernardus Lodge, set amid 28 acres of vineyards, fragrant orchards and gardens in the verdant Carmel Valley. Bernardus Lodge is laid-back luxury at its best. You can relax by the giant outdoor fireplace, indulge at the spa or take a restorative soak in the hill top whirlpool. Enjoy your final full day with a private whale watching boat trip. Then it’s time to begin the drive back down the coast, with the perfect opportunity to explore the lesser known Pinnacles National Park and stop in the Paso Robles wine region for lunch.
There you have it: the perfect California Coast road trip.
We are now accepting limited bookings for Winter 2022 and are welcoming all 2023 trip requests: