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Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort

Big Sur, California

Rewarding guests with spectacular views of the Pacific Big Sur coastline, Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, is an adults only retreat, brimming with pampering amenities and perfectly placed to explore this remarkable stretch of the California coast.

At a Glance

  • Adults only resort creating a peaceful environment

  • All rooms and suites have spacious decks boasting either forest, ocean or canyon views

  • Easy access to several state parks for fantastic cycling, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding

  • Immerse yourselves among the redwoods at the hotel's glamping site

  • Treat yourself to a room with a hot tub and soak in the Big Sur scenery with a glass of bubbly in hand

Honeymoon, Couples, Spa & health, Adventure

Insider's View

Make sure you upgrade to one of their new suites if you can and ask for rooms on the upper floors with the high ceilings!

Jules Maury

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort or take a look at our itineraries to California


Framed by nature and surrounded by some of California's most magnificent state parks, Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort sits perched above the Pacific Ocean and affords magnificent views of the Big Sur coastline and the wave bashed beaches below. A luxurious adults only retreat, this makes for an ideal spot to unwind and forget about your troubles as you indulge in the fantastic spa facilities or acquaint yourself with the great outdoors.

The hotel itself has been designed to make the most of the views and wherever you stand, whether on your private deck, by the pool or even in the restaurant, you can soak in the scenery and look out to sea or enjoy fantastic stargazing by night. Rooms and suites are sophisticated and emanate rustic luxury, keeping in harmony with the hotel's natural setting. Furnishings are comfortable and the overall feel is cosy with fireplaces and living areas featuring throughout, whilst some even boast private hot tubs and hammocks.

The Spa Alila is a standout feature, offering a range of specialized therapies, as well as massages, facials and body treatments. The two pools, one of which has a clothing-optional policy, come complete with Japanese soaking tubs and saunas to further promote relaxation. Dining too is an indulgent experience with a carefully crafted menu featuring Californian classics and rich with traditional American flavors. Locally sourced ingredients are used where possible and are complimented perfectly by a glass of wine selected from the award-winning list.

For the more adventurous traveler, Ventana Big Sur has introduced luxury glamping in a spectacular Redwood Canyon setting on the beautiful California coast. Placing you in the midst of nature, sleep under premium bedding in a safari-style tent and spend your evenings by the fire pit making s’mores and reminiscing of the day’s activities surrounded by towering redwood trees. Every expectation from a luxury camp is met, with a gleaming Bath House offering enclosed hot showers, heated flooring and marble vanities; this is glamping at it’s finest. Although the resort itself is adults only, the glamping site welcomes children.


Rooms and Suites at Ventana Big Sur are luxurious and tastefully decorated with a cosy feel and comfortable furnishings. Each room features king size beds with Egyptian cotton bedding, upscale custom bath amenities, private deck boasting patio, forest, ocean, meadow or canyon views, flat screen TVs, WiFi and soaking tubs.

Ventana Guest Room

Guestrooms come complete with a King bed, window seat, a private deck with forest or ocean views and a well-appointed bathroom with luxury amenities.

Ventana Fireplace Room

  • King bed
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Window seat
  • Private deck with forest, meadow or ocean views
  • 414-471 sq.ft

Superior Fireplace Room

  • King bed
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Dining alcove
  • Wet bar
  • Window seat
  • Private deck with forest views
  • 480-485 sq.ft

Pacific House Room

  • King Bed
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Vaulted ceilings with skylights
  • Large bathroom - oversized soaking tub for two, double vanity sinks, separate shower
  • 227 sq.ft deck - hot tub, ocean views
  • 643sq.ft

Big Sur Suite

  • King bed
  • Comfortable seating area
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Dining alcove
  • Wet bar
  • Oversized bathroom - soaking tub for two, double vanity sinks, separate shower and dressing area
  • 300 sq.ft deck with ocean or forest canyon views
  • 619 sq.ft

Big Sur Spa Suite

  • King Bed
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Seating area
  • Dining alcove
  • Wet bar
  • Expansive bathroom - oversized tub for two, double vanity sinks, separate shower and dressing area
  • 300 sq.ft deck - oversized hammock, hot tub, ocean or forest canyon views
  • 619 sq.ft

Vista Hot Tub Suite

  • King bed
  • Seating area
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Dining alcove
  • Wet bar
  • Large bathroom - oversized tub for two, double vanity sinks, separate shower and dressing area
  • 600 sq.ft deck - hot tub, meadow views
  • 773 sq.ft

Superior Hot Tub Suite

  • King bed
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Window seat
  • Spacious bathroom
  • 499 sq.ft
  • 300 sq.ft private deck - hot tub and ocean views

Big Sur Villa

  • Split-level accommodation
  • First-floor living room with queen sofabed
  • Second-floor bedroom with king size bed
  • Outdoor private deck on each level
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Wet bar
  • Window seat
  • 930-1198 sq.ft

The Cottage House

  • King bed
  • Expansive outdoor deck - oversized hammock, hot tub, forest canyon views
  • Seating area
  • DIning alcove
  • Wet bar
  • Spacious bathroom - oversized tub for two, double vanity sink, separate shower and dressing area
  • 722 sq.ft

Ventana Luxury Tent
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Morning coffee and tea
  • Access to ice chests and custom-curated picnic baskets
  • Power bricks with electrical and USB plug-ins
  • Handheld lanterns and reading lights
  • A hickory walking stick
  • Fully-stocked bath basket with towels and shower amenities
  • One Queen Bed only


Ventana Bis Sur is an adults-only resort, therefore children under the age of 18 are not permitted.


The Restaurant at Ventana Big Sur is a signature dining destination in the Big Sur region; this comes as no surprise with its tempting menu of creative Central Coast dishes. Menus are seasonal and list delicious plates which are brimming with traditional American flavors. Enjoy a dinner complemented by a delicious wine, selected from the award-winning list whilst taking in the ocean scenery.

The Spa offers a tranquil environment in which to unwind and enjoy a pampering treatment, with the option of in-room massages available too. Enjoy a range of massages, facials, body treatments and specialized therapies and be sure to indulge in a bath in the Japanese soaking tubs.

There are also two swimming pools, one of which has an optional clothing policy both in the pool and on the surrounding deck. Both pools are outdoors yet remain heated year-round, each boasting Japanese hot baths and a dry sauna. The fitness room can be found tucked away in a grove of trees and is equipped with a range of cardio and weight equipment. Yoga and pilates classes can also be enjoyed in this wonderful setting.


The nine state parks that surround Big Sur are synonymous with dramatic scenery and outdoor adventure. The adventurous can enjoy exploring by bike, on foot, on horseback or by kayak and have the option of taking to the famous California waves for a spot of surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing or even diving. Tennis and golf can easily be arranged nearby and there is ample opportunity for wildlife spotting too - keep your eyes peeled for coyote, whales, sea lions and deer.

The beaches close to Ventana Big Sur are rugged and wild and beautiful for soaking in a striking sunset or enjoying a romantic picnic. Esalen Hot Springs are perfectly situated on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean for a night-time dip and can be accessed for a small fee between 1 and 3am. For a touch of culture, head to Carmel-by-the-Sea or Monterey where you will find galleries, restaurants and small boutiques then.

Location & Directions

Big Sur, California

Ventana Big Sur is located on the Big Sur Coast off Highway 1, 28 miles south of Carmel.

When to go

Big Sur is an all-year destination. For nature lovers, the coast is wonderfully wild in winter and you can go whale-watching and birding; spring sees wonderful flower displays, and there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach in the summer; autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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