Breakfast is free for all guests, served in the lodge, overlooking the ocean. And, despite snarks on Tripadvisor, it was pretty good: great coffee, cook-your-own waffles, scrambled eggs, granola and fruit from the garden. We could have done with some bread or meat to go with the eggs, but what was there was delicious. There was also free WiFi in the lodge, which wasn’t superfast but enough to work without problem. And there’s a small pool and hot tub just outside.
What was our first yurt experience like? Well, it was kind of as we expected. It felt like a proper bedroom – it had a wooden floor, wicker walls, a basin and a bed – except the windows were made of plastic and there was a skylight in the roof, which meant the room got bright as soon as the sun came up, and we awoke to the sight of tree branches overhead.
The only problem? The soundproofing. In the wind, the branches overhead brushed the top of the yurt (although it was kind of soothing, like whale music as we went to sleep) and we could hear pretty much everything from the yurts around us, depending on which way the wind was blowing. It’s pretty deceptive because they’re so well equipped that you feel like you’re in a proper room – and then you hear the neighbors’ conversation as clearly as if they’re in that same room with you. Also, the yurts in our area were pretty bunched together – there was one about four feet to our left, one about six feet behind us, and a huge one to our right. We got more privacy in the treehouse, which, even though it’s open to the elements, is removed from the yurt area.
There’s a solution to the intimacy issue – request yurt 15 or 16, which are full ocean view yurts on the far side of the site from the others. They cost $20 more than the partial ocean views.
Would we stay again? In a heartbeat. Yes it’s expensive, considering you’re basically getting a sexed-up tent and shared bathroom facilities – mountain view yurts, perched round the back, cost $169, our partial ocean view cost $179 (worth the extra $10) and the full ocean views cost $199 – but the position, perched over Highway 1, is incomparable. And the experience – waking up to the sound of birds and sealions, and opening your door to see the Pacific below – is a keeper for life. Just bring a woolly hat for when it gets cold.