Welcoming romance-seekers, honeymooners, groups of friends and grown-up families, Ventana Big Sur is an utterly stylish Alila hotel for adults only.
It’s a true haven, studded just off Highway One in Big Sur, surrounded by 160 acres of unspoilt meadows and towering redwood trees, with the Pacific Ocean shimmering in the distance.
This natural wonderland of a location segues into the entire property, from its cedarwood exteriors to stone bathrooms, and wide glass windows framing the landscape at every opportunity.
Ventana Big Sur is clearly inspired by nature, so it’s no wonder that this is reflected in every possible way: from organic produce grown onsite, to spa treatments drawing on natural ingredients sourced locally. What’s more, you can take it a step further by opting for the hotel’s glamping experience, sleeping under canvas in the most luxurious of tents – think big comfy beds, heated blankets, firepits and an upmarket Bath House.
This is camping, but not as you know it!
If staying firmly indoors is more your thing, Ventana Big Sur has an array of sumptuous guestrooms, suites, villas and cottages up its sleeve.
Roaring fires, alfresco Jacuzzis, cosy throws and views of the wild are just some of the reasons to book a room here, though there are plenty more luxury amenities awaiting you on top.
Elsewhere then, this Big Sur hotel also offers an outdoor swimming pool, spa with Japanese hot tubs, clutch of bars and eateries, communal living room (the ‘Social House’), art gallery and menu of experiential activities to keep you busy for days.
Just be sure to book a stay long enough to fit it all in…
You can tell that the guestrooms at Ventana Big Sur have been designed with adults in mind, as the look is decidedly grown-up rustic-chic with plenty of thoughtful touches; especially for couples. For example, there are soaking tubs big enough for two, outdoor decks, roaring fireplaces; even al fresco hot tubs and double showers too. In every guestroom, you can expect a host of luxurious amenities including fluffy bathrobes, a plush king-size bed, aromatherapy products, a flat-screen TV, Bose speakers, Nespresso machine, walk-in shower, kettle for tea, iPhone docking station and useful items like binoculars, umbrellas and walking sticks.
Or, for something a little different, go glamping in a redwood forest and feel the woodland’s aura of peace wash over you. Like camping, but far more stylish!
Sustainable Californian produce is transformed into delectable dishes at Sur House, an ocean-facing restaurant perched high up to afford dazzling views of the sea from its outdoor terrace. There’s also a wine cellar stocked with 10,000 bottles of local labels, as well as artisan beers and creative cocktails that can be imbibed next to the indoor fireplace or up at the bar.
Tuck into Californian dishes with a Mexican twist at this poolside eatery, offering a menu starring corn salad, tacos, wraps, quesadillas and more. You can also quench your thirst with a cocktail, wine or beer, leaving nothing to do but sit back, relax and drink in the ocean views.
Relish gourmet treats in the woods when you stop by at this vintage airstream, serving a range of drinks and light bites in the middle of the forest. Sit at a picnic table or perch next to a wooden barrel as you enjoy a refreshment while breathing in the clean woodland air – bliss. SurStream is open seasonally in the summer as well as for special occasions.
Activities and Entertainment
Activities come thick and fast at Ventana Big Sur thanks to the Alila Experience Program, serving up a fantastic mix of cultural, sportive and wellness workshops. There’s morning yoga, guided group hikes, art classes, photography walks, daily wine and cheese hour, falconry, garden tours, Big Sur safaris, foraging excursions and meditation, among others. Whether you want to nurture your artistic talent at the hotel’s very own gallery, go for romantic picnics in the forest or simply indulge in a Japanese onsen experience; you’ll delight at what’s on offer here.
Ventana Big Sur is wonderfully well-equipped, complete with a fitness room for active types, a swimming pool positioned to face the ocean and Japanese hot tub looking out over redwood trees. The spa is a standout highlight, with its cabana-style rooms (indoor and outdoor), copper soaking tubs, and treatments that fuse local herbs with therapeutic techniques from Asia. Having been preened and pampered in the spa, unwind in the Social House with a cup of tea or glass of wine, chatting to fellow guests, maybe playing a game of pool, browsing the record collection or cosying up by the fire; there’s also a library and patio with firepit. Ventana Big Sur loves its art, so head to the Glass House Gallery and admire exhibitions by local artists, participate in a workshop or purchase something that catches your eye.
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