Ventana Inn & Spa
Big Sur, California
Rewarding guests with spectacular views over the craggy Big Sur coastline and the Pacific Ocean, Ventana Inn is an adults only retreat, brimming with pampering amenities and perfectly placed to explore this remarkable section 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
Treat yourself to a room with a hot tub and soak in the Big Sur scenery with a glass of bubbly in hand
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ventana Inn & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to California
Framed by nature and surrounded by some of California's most magnificent state parks, Ventana Inn 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 have recently been completely renovated, emanating rustic luxury and 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 at Ventana 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.
Rooms and Suites at Ventana Inn 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.
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|Ventana Fireplace Room||
|Superior Fireplace Room||
|Pacific House Room||
|Big Sur Suite||
|Big Sur Spa Suite||
|Vista Hot Tub Suite||
|Superior Hot Tub Suite||
|Big Sur Villa||
|The Cottage House||
Ventana Inn is an adults-only resort, therefore children under the age of 18 are not permitted.
The Restaurant at Ventana Inn 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 at Ventana Inn, 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 Inn 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 Inn 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.