Ventana Big Sur

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…

Facilities

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Accommodation Options

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!

Ventana Guest Room
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The 414sq ft entry-level room is a beautiful hideaway for two, bedecked in a king-size bed, window seat, private deck overlooking the ocean or forest and en suite with separate bathtub and shower.
Ventana Fireplace Guest Room
ventana fireplace guest room
Spanning 414-447sq ft, this guestroom features a wood-burning fireplace to add to the cosy atmosphere, as well as a king-size bed, window seat, private deck overlooking the ocean, meadow or forest and en suite with separate bathtub and shower.
Superior Fireplace Guestroom
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The floorplan of 480-485sq ft encompasses a wood-burning fireplace, dining corner and wet bar as well as a king-size bed, window seat, private deck overlooking the forest and en suite with separate bathtub and shower.
Superior Hot Tub Suite
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Plenty of perks await in this Superior Suite, including a 300sq ft outdoor deck with hot tub, wood-burning fireplace, en suite with bathtub and separate shower, plus views of the forest and meadows.
Big Sur Suite
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This large, 619sq ft suite comes with an enticing living area, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, expansive en suite with separate shower and bathtub, dressing area, outdoor deck with hammock or hanging chair and views of the ocean or canyon.
Big Sur Forest Shower Suite
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The al fresco double shower is the star of the show in this 619sq ft suite, comprising an enticing living area, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, expansive en suite with separate shower and bathtub, dressing area, outdoor deck with hammock or hanging chair and views of the ocean or canyon.
Big Sur Spa Suite
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An outdoor hot tub steals the scene in this 619sq ft suite, comprising an enticing living area, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, expansive en suite with separate shower and bathtub, dressing area, outdoor deck with hammock and views of the ocean, forest or canyon. 
Vista Hot Tub Suite
vista hot tub suite
Bigger in size at 773sq ft, this suite boasts an outdoor deck with hot tub overlooking the meadow and ocean. It also comes with an enticing living area, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, expansive en suite with bathtub, separate shower and dressing area.
Big Sur Villa
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This capacious 930–1,198sq ft villa encompasses a split-level layout: the living room is found on the first floor, with the bedroom on the second floor. Also featuring is a wood-burning fireplace, two outdoor decks with views of Big Sur, a wet bar, dining corner, window seat and en suite bathroom with separate tub and shower; there’s also a powder room on the first floor. 
The Coast House
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Available with one or two bedrooms, the Coast House is a dreamy hideaway complete with a living room, wood-burning fireplace, two outdoor decks with views of the ocean, a hot tub, wet bar, dining area, kitchen, window seat and en suite bathroom with separate tub and shower. 
Pacific House Suite
pacific house suite
This 634sq ft suite has unrivalled views of the ocean and upgraded design elements, including a retractable wall next to the bathtub to bring the wood-burning fireplace into plain view; exceedingly romantic. It also features skylights, tall ceilings, an outdoor deck with hot tub, and four-poster king-size bed.
The Cottage House
cottage house
Set away from the rest of the hotel, the Cottage House bestows guests with seclusion and privacy, as well as plenty of luxe amenities. It is immersed in the forest, with an oversized outdoor deck of 600sq ft (complete with a hot tub and hammock); while the 722sq ft interiors feature an enticing living area, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, dining corner, expansive en suite with bathtub, separate shower and dressing area.
Glamping
glamping
Love the outdoors but hate roughing it? Ventana has the answer: its designer glamping guestrooms mean that you can revel in luxury while sleeping under canvas, in the middle of a redwood forest. Each unit features a plush double bed, heated blankets, power outlets, hot water bottles, a deck with fire pit, free wood bundles, drinking water, ice chest, s’mores kit, picnic table and walking sticks. There’s also a shared Bath House decked out with hot showers, heated floors and luxe...

Restaurants

Sur House
Sur House

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. 

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Meadow Pool
Meadow Pool

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.  

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SurStream in Redwood Canyon
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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.

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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.

Facilities

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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