December 9, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, California

Imagine the cool beauty of a morning on the sea, the crisp salt-tinged air invigorating your senses as the sun rises over the lush hills of Central California, and you will picture the fabulous Ventana Inn & Spa. Perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific, on 213 verdant acres in Big Sur, the rustic elegance of this stunning resort allows it to blend harmoniously with its surroundings, creating a sense of true tranquility and relaxation. Bright and charming rooms are a wonderful blend of sleek modern luxury and the charm of a country cabin, with a breezy open design that allows a seamless transition from indoors to out. Gorgeous tiled or hardwood floors lead past plush beds and picture windows, out to your own private deck with sweeping views of the coast. Complete with an elegant bathroom and deep soaking tub, as well as wonderful and friendly service, your stay at Ventana Inn & Spa will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and at complete peace.

On your first day, wake to the gentle sounds of the coast, and take part in a yoga or pilates class before heading out for a fabulous day. Enjoy a guided hike through the redwood forest and gaze upon shimmering waterfalls and breathtaking ocean views, then return to the resort for a relaxing afternoon wine and cheese reception. Venture out to Pfeffer Big Sur State park or Andrew Molera State Park for a day of hiking, or mountain bike along the Big Sur River and miles of gorgeous trails. Later, take a casual stroll through the many wonderful art galleries in Big Sur, and shop for international and local works at the Hawthorne Gallery, Big Sur Arts Center, or the Cast Gallery Big Sur. That afternoon, after a wonderful day in the mountains, stretch out next to one of the two pools, one of which is clothing-optional, and soak in the delicious sunlight before evening falls. Before dinner, pamper yourself with a trip to the Spa at Ventana where you will melt under the practiced hands of a masseuse. With the stars shining brilliantly over the coast sit down to a fabulous meal, featuring gourmet international cuisine with hints of both mountain fare and the Pacific-rim, and relax away the night in the serene embrace of Ventana Inn & Spa.

Location of Ventana Inn & Spa

Ventana Inn & Spa
48123 Highway One
Big Sur, California

Nearest Airport: MRY

Amenities for Ventana Inn & Spa

  • General Information
  • 60 Guest Rooms and Suites
  • Adults Only
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Handicap Accessible Rooms
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Picnics
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa on Property
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Housekeeping Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Walking Trails
  • Fitness Room
  • WiFi
  • Sauna
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Terrace
  • Art Collection
  • Boutique
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • Sun Deck
  • Outdoor Spa Treatments
  • Jogging Path
  • 2 Outdoor Heated Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • Turndown Service
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Fireplaces
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • iPod Docks
  • Iron/Ironing Boards
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Luxury Linens
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Hammocks
  • Private Decks
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Cooking Classes
  • Hiking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Walks
  • Yoga
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Nature Hikes
  • Business
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Wineries
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Golf
  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Vineyards
  • Interests
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Spa & Wellness

Reviews for Ventana Inn & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

I was disappointed by the many gaps in service at what is billed as a luxury resort. Room requests were ignored as well as information obtained from a pre arrival questionnaire. The bathroom was not thoroughly cleaned. Amenities were skimpy (water, lotion, breakfast) and concierge advice misleading. The room was comfortable and quiet. The restaurant menu was limited.

Robert M - Palo Alto

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This review is for the **Glamping at Ventana Big Sur** My husband and I stayed at the recently opened glamping sites of Ventana Big Sur for two nights mid week. The glamping sites were pretty empty with maybe only one or two others occupied over the course of our time there. After making the reservation we received a survey to note our preferences for the stay, which was a nice touch and made us look forward to the service we envisioned given the association with a lux resort, but we quickly realized that would be short lived. Upon arrival there are clear signs noting which way to go for the glamping sites, which are located at the back of the normal campground. Something which surprised us given that Ventana advertises the glamping alongside the resort as opposed to the campground. A staff member hoped in a little cart and showed us to the campsite, pointing out another site where coffee and pastries would be served in the morning (9am). She showed us around the site, which included a real fire pit with wood, a camp stove, a gas fire pit on the platform, instant hot water and potable water spouts and how to work the electric blanket on the bed. The tent was very nice and exactly as advertised, though fair warning its pretty cold without heat. It included a small basket with essentials such as a small cutting board, plates, utensils, s’more sticks and some s’more supplies. We had to ask where the bathrooms were so she pointed those out as well. After noting that 9am was a bit late for coffee for us she also kindly offered to bring us some as a bit earlier in the morning (though not the second). That was about the extent of the service we received unfortunately. We had even asked how to contact someone if we needed something and the staff member noted there was a card with her number inside. Though that card was never found, nor is there a phone or WIFI, and cell service is spotty at best. Overall we felt that the facilities were nice, the bathrooms were indeed brand new and nice, albeit very cold and not without a few bugs, and the tent was straight off pinterest, but for the price they are asking (which is even higher on the weekend) it seems a bit of a stretch. Having stayed in other places with premium service it was so abundantly clear that Ventana has not thought about this aspect as we did not receive even the basic level of service promised on the website, including turn down service. There was no map or any indication as to how to go to the restaurant or what the hours were. There were hot water bottles in the drawer but never noted to us and I imagine this was supposed to be used during turn down. There was a lamp to use to walk to the bathroom at night but ours didn’t work but there was no one to ask for a new one. When we went to site for coffee, there was no staff member there to answer any of our questions or give us tips on where to go. Even a basic brochure would have been helpful. Additionally in advance, it would have also been helpful to know exactly what would be provided at the site so we could have been better prepared. There were so many missed opportunities that could have made the stay so much better (including an umbrella, as schlepping to the bathroom in the pouring rain in the middle of the night is certainly no fun) and we had high hopes given all the positive press raving about welcome wine and cheese bags, turn down service, etc. none of which we received, plus there was no one there so it should have been easier to provide a more tailored experience. The glamping does offer resort access for an additional $200(two night minimum), however it states that is to access the pool, spa, fitness center, which we weren’t planning to use given the weather. Maybe with that you’d get better service, but for the base price of the glamping, you would expect a bit more than what we got. Overall, the tent is a fun experience and with the right service it has potential to be good, but until Ventana changes their approach to service, I would not recommend as a luxury experience, as it is still very much basic camping and while we do like to camp, we were looking for a bit more relaxation.

Kelly G

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

I have stayed at the Ventana Inn many times and I find it a great way to get away from the rat race of daily life and just relax. The accommodations provide everything you need and there is a variety of services from the fantastic restaurant, to the spa, pool and meeting places. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. I would not only recommend this for a place to get away but I will also be returning in the future as I get the opportunity.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We have stayed at Ventana at least 15 times and have never been disappointed! Will be back again! we love staying and going to all of the local restaurants while here. Hopefully next time we will be able to come straight up Highway 1!

bennettg988 - San Diego

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Katie and I were delightfully surprised by this stay and we will be back. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but that being said, you met and exceeded expectations during our stay. We loved the Japanese baths and the general views from our room. My only thought is that the room service bar was a bit over priced. I understand the location dictates some type of mark-up, however, the various spirits seemed to be marked up 200% over regular value. Of course money is not main consideration during this type of getaway, however, that is my one small criticism ..


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