Ventana Inn and Spa - Adult Only Resort

48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, USA

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Hotel Description

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 the hotel will be closed until October due to repairs on Highway One.

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.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 62 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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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

Need to Know

The Ventana Inn and Spa is an adults-only resort. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted. Resort Fee Includes: Daily Ventana Discovery Walk Daily Exercise Class Wi-Fi internet Hosted Wine and Cheese reception DVD Library Shuttle to restaurants in Big Sur Local & 800 calls Parking

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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  • Vista Hot Tub Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1373 ft²/127 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • outdoor hot tub
    • standard television
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
  • Sur House

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1620 ft²/150 m².
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  • Ventanta Guest Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 414 ft²/38 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • patio
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
  • Ventana Fireplace Room (ADA)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 414 ft²/38 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • stand up shower
    • standard television
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
  • Ventana Fireplace Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 414 ft²/38 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • patio
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • wood fireplace
  • Single Room

    • Fits 1 person
    • 1 King Bed
    • 414 ft²/38 m².
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    • patio
  • Ventana Guest Room (ADA)

    • Fits 2 people
    • 414 ft²/38 m².
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    This room includes:

    • bathtub
    • central heating
    • iron
    • stand up shower
  • Superior Fireplace Room

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 480 ft²/44 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • wet bar
    • wood fireplace
  • Superior Room, Fireplace

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 484 ft²/44 m².
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    Views: mountain.

    This room includes:

    • gas fireplace
    • patio
  • Superior Hot Tub Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 499 ft²/46 m².
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    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • outdoor hot tub
    • phones
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • wood fireplace
  • Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 500 ft²/46 m².
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    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Big Sur Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 619 ft²/57 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hammock
    • iron
    • phones
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • terrace
    • wake up service
    • wet bar
    • wood fireplace
  • Big Sur Spa Suite

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 619 ft²/57 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hammock
    • iron
    • patio
    • phones
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • wet bar
    • wood fireplace
  • Single Room

    • Fits 1 person
    • 1 King Bed
    • 619 ft²/57 m².
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    This room includes:

    • patio
  • Pacific House

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 634 ft²/58 m².
    Amenities

    Views: ocean.

    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • minibar
    • outdoor hot tub
    • patio
    • phones
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • walk-in closet
    • wood fireplace
  • Cottage

    • Fits 2 people
    • 1 King Bed
    • 722 ft²/67 m².
    Amenities

    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • hammock
    • iron
    • outdoor hot tub
    • patio
    • phones
    • soaking tub
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • wet bar
    • wood fireplace
  • Big Sur Villa

    • Fits 3 people
    • 1 King Bed & 1 Queen Bed
    • 930 ft²/86 m².
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    This room includes:

    • coffee/tea
    • DVD player
    • flat panel television
    • hairdryer
    • iron
    • patio
    • sofa sleeper
    • stand up shower
    • wake up service
    • wet bar
    • wood fireplace
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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

Need to Know

The Ventana Inn and Spa is an adults-only resort. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted. Resort Fee Includes: Daily Ventana Discovery Walk Daily Exercise Class Wi-Fi internet Hosted Wine and Cheese reception DVD Library Shuttle to restaurants in Big Sur Local & 800 calls Parking

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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