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Ventana Inn and Spa - Adult Only Resort

48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, USA

  • Two outdoor pools (one is clothing-optional).

  • Next to each pool are the Japanese hot baths

  • The Restaurant at Ventana

  • Superior Fireplace Room

  • Big Sur Suite & Vista Hot Tub Suite


  • Rooms : 19.5
  • Service : 19.0
  • Public Spaces : 19.0

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Big Sur is the jewel of the California coast, one of the most spectacular places in North America, and Ventana Inn and Spa — Adult Only Resort is Big Sur’s original luxury resort, founded by writer Lawrence A. Spector, using profits from the film Easy Rider. Clearly it doesn’t get much more California than that.

Fortunately this is the eminently dignified and respectable face of California, a sort of middle ground, as far from New Age hippie excess as it is from the glitz and materialism of Hollywood. Ventana is clearly a high-luxury resort, specializing in escapism and what is often called ‘pampering’— but Big Sur is the star here, the main event the hallucinatory view of the Pacific a thousand feet below.

A less restrained, less confident resort would feature gleaming, monumental buildings, and would probably pave over the redwoods to construct a grand looping driveway. Here we find a hotel at peace with its surroundings, very much a part of the Big Sur landscape—the hotel itself comprises some ten or more low wooden structures, hidden around the sprawling 243-acre grounds and connected by winding pathways.

But the genius of this place is that beneath its humble surface it delivers all the material comforts of those proud and decadent resorts—from the wood-burning fireplaces, Jacuzzis and high ceilings of the guest suites to the public spaces like the pools, the Japanese bathhouse, and the Allegria Spa, offering a selection of treatments so comprehensive as to set the head spinning. And the food, of course, is exquisite as well, the Cielo restaurant serving Mediterranean-inflected cuisine against the backdrop of the Pacific and the wide blue sky.

Make no mistake: this is the same Big Sur where Henry Miller lived, where Kerouac slept on the beach and Dylan came to study—and it’s also where the likes of Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, as well as generations of successors, have come for Hollywood-quality luxury without the paparazzi in tow. As such, it’s like nowhere else in California—and as such, it’s not to be missed.

Please note: Children under the age of 18 are not permitted. Also note that a portion of Highway 1 will be closed to northbound traffic near Ventana from mid-May through mid-September; construction will take place Sunday through Thursday evenings from 9 pm to 6 am.

How to get there: Ventana Inn and Spa — Adult Only Resort is approximately one hour by car from Monterey Peninsula Airport and three hours from San Francisco.

  • Ventana Inn and Spa - Adult Only Resort
  • 48123 Highway One
  • Big Sur, CA, USA

Hotel amenities and services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Game room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Yoga

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