An exquisite Western getaway on the Middle Fork of the…
Starting at $1,200 per person per night
Ventana Inn & Spa, 48123, Cabrillo Highway, Posts, Big Sur, Monterey County, California, 93920, United States
Starting at $250 per room or tent per night
An exclusive 5-star resort set amid 160 forested acres on the rugged Pacific coast, Ventana is both inspired by and reflective of its majestic setting in Big Sur. Watch the sun set over the ocean. Explore rolling hills and old-growth forests. Reconnect with your body and spirit. With a thoughtful combination of private sanctuaries and interactive, social spaces, this is a place for all, whether you’re looking for romance and connection, or more interested in solitary reflection.
Unique Features: Ventana Big Sur is an enclave tucked among the forests in one of the most iconic and dramatic landscapes on Earth. It’s a place where you see the world, and even yourself, a little bit differently. Where you can find your center, soothe your body and stir your imagination. And where romantics, visionaries and seekers find the fuel that feeds their souls.
Accommodations: Every Ventana Big Sur Guestroom is a sanctuary, arranged to provide comfort above all; a plush king bed, spacious window seat, amenity-filled bathroom and private deck are included. Ventana’s 59 rooms and suites are arranged around the 160-acre property in secluded groupings, offering the utmost in privacy and serenity. Constructed of sun-bleached cedar, the buildings blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Cottage House. Secluded yet accessible, luxurious but not overbearing, The Cottage House is about refinement and balance. Striking the perfect blend of luxury, space and seclusion, The Cottage House is a free-standing, 722-square-foot hideaway with all the necessary ingredients for the Big Sur experience you desire.
Dining: The Executive Chef takes inspiration from this rich and fertile region, showcasing Big Sur’s seasonal bounty with ingredients from local purveyors and their own organic garden. It’s modern American cuisine, deeply rooted in the unique styles and flavors of California’s Central Coast, the perfect blend of classic preparations and contemporary flair. A 10,000-bottle cellar of small-production Central Coast wines has been carefully assembled by a team of local vintners and The Sur House sommelier.
Activities: Begin each day with a morning yoga class or a guided hike around the property. Join one of the workshops and activities offered through this Alila Experience Program, from photography hikes and Glass House Art classes to personalized astrology readings and essence portraits. Get a workout in the fitness room or go for a swim, and follow it with a Japanese hot bath. Take a day to venture out and explore Big Sur. Ease into the evening with our daily wine-and-cheese reception. It’s all up to you, and it’s all designed for you.
Spa & Fitness: The Spa Alila sensory experience guides you through a powerful and energizing process, one that encourages inner peace and connection. With treatments rooted in ancient Asian methods and products that meld the healing properties of both earth and sea, skilled practitioners create a rejuvenating and regenerative experience. The fitness center, available 24 hours a day, offers professional-level equipment including treadmills, spinning bikes, TRX, free weights and elliptical cross-trainers.
Location: Located at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains, equal parts American legend and natural wonder, Big Sur is one of the most magical places on Earth. Big Sur denotes a 90-mile stretch between Carmel to the north and San Simeon to the south. There is no downtown, only miles of staggeringly beautiful coastline, ocean cliffs, steep ridges, jagged peaks, deep gorges, flowing rivers and a population of approximately 1,000 residents.
Closest Airport: Fly directly into Monterey’s hassle-free airport, located just 1 hour from Ventana. The Monterey Peninsula Airport has over 80 daily flights.
Children’s Programs: This is an adult-only resort.
Pet Friendly: Yes, they know dogs are more than just pets; they’re part of the family, and they are welcome at Ventana Big Sur. Your four-legged friend won’t be stuck in the room, either. Big Sur is one of the best places in the world for both people and their pets to enjoy the outdoors. They even allow dogs on The Sur House Terrace during breakfast and lunch in a designated section.
Weddings: Ventana is where memories are made and connections are strengthened, whether you’re marking a major milestone, creating the wedding you’ve always wanted or just embracing the opportunity to reunite your favorite people in one place. Imagine a gathering where the redwoods are your witness. Where the awe-inspiring setting provides a new perspective, and heightened significance. Where no detail is overlooked, so you can relax, rejoice and revel in the moment.
Meetings: The best meetings and events all begin with a little inspiration, something you’ll find plenty of at Ventana Big Sur. Whether it’s a corporate retreat, sales meeting, product launch or strategy session, this Big Sur setting offers a fresh and powerful approach to bringing people together. Ventana features more than 12,000 square feet for meetings, including stunning outdoor spaces overlooking the rugged Pacific Coast and surrounded by towering redwoods.
Extra Info: Big Sur has a history that’s as remarkable as its setting, a rich and storied heritage of diverse civilizations, cultural influencers, forward thinkers and artists of every kind. This is where people come to find what they’ve been looking for, even if they don’t quite know what it is yet. It’s the kind of place that can change you, if for no other reason than the fact you’ll never forget it.