Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort
Big Sur, California, United States of America
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 family friendly luxury 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
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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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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.
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. 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, flat screen TVs, WiFi, soaking tubs and a private deck boasting patio, forest, ocean, meadow or canyon views.
|Ventana Fireplace Room||
Admire spectacular views of Big Sur's forest, meadows or coastline from your private veranda. Featuring a wood-burning fireplace and a window seat, the fireplace guestrooms are perfect for those looking to cosy up and relax after a long day of exploring.
|Pacific House Suite||
Wake to stunning ocean views in this romantic suite. Boasting a private patio and hot tub overlooking the coastline, this high-ceiling suite offers the perfect retreat for honeymooners.
|Big Sur Suite||
Escape to your spacious suite after a day of exploring Big Sur. Featuring a large soaking tub for two, an open deck from which to admire ocean or meadow views and an oversized hanging egg chair or hammock, the Big Sur Suite's are indulgent to say the least.
|Ventana Luxury Tent||
A new way to connect with nature, Ventana Big Sur has unveiled its luxury glamping tents. Featuring premium linens, plush mattresses and lavish amenities, this is camping like no other. The tents include fully stock bath baskets, Queen or Twin beds and access to the fabulous Bath House.
Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only resort, therefore children under the age of 18 are not permitted. Ventana Glamping welcomes children but offers no childcare facilities.
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. One of the pools boasts an infinity-edge hot tub and the other has the Japanese hot baths close by. 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
Georgina Robertson (Staff)
Ventana is a superb, peaceful retreat. Set within stunning grounds, amongst the magnificent redwoods and set back from the coastline of the Big Sur it is the perfect spot to truly relax and unwind. The ocean views from the meadow pool or the forest views from the infinity-edge hot tub are spectacular, as are the views from their restaurants ocean-view patio. I truly felt refreshed after my stay here.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Arrive in time for their daily wine and cheese tasting and a welcome from their lovely staff. The rooms are set in gardens which have won countless awards stretching around the hotels with far reaching views to the Pacific. Their Suites are hidden within the beautiful grounds with views to the spectacular canyon and sea in some and the peace that surrounds this hotel is wonderful. A charming Spa, two pools surrounded by flowers and a restaurant with a huge outside deck all make for a perfect place to relax and leave the outside world behind for a few days before setting off on a drive back up to San Francisco or down to LA.
Location & directions
Big Sur, California, United States of America
Ventana Big Sur is located on the Big Sur Coast off Highway 1, 28 miles south of Carmel.
How to get there
11-hour 15-minute direct flight from London to San Francisco, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Ventana Big Sur is a 3-hour drive from San Francisco International Airport. Alternatively, Los Angeles is a 5-hour drive from the hotel.