Big Sur

Ventana Inn & Spa - a JDV Hotel, Adults Only

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Jessica McNally
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Why We Love It

  • Named on the 2015 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List
  • A serene, luxurious adults-only resort for nature lovers with breathtaking ocean views
  • Two outdoor pools with Japanese hot baths -- one is clothing-optional
  • Zagat raves about the “stunning menu” at the on-site restaurant

“A wonderful vacation in quiet and nature” -- Conde Nast Traveler

94% (17 Member Ratings)

"The training of the staff! Incredible."
Feb 29, 2016
Gualala, CA, United States


Map & Directions

Ventana Inn & Spa is approximately an hour's drive south of Monterey.

Rooms & Rates

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Retreat to the Big Sur coast and find your Zen at the 4.5-star Ventana Inn & Spa. Perched 1,200 feet above the Pacific on more than 200 acres of meadows and wooded hillsides, this adults-only resort is a favorite among celebrities and regular folks looking for a luxurious locale to commune with nature.

Complimentary daily guided nature walks are a great way to explore the natural surroundings. The two outdoor pools (one of which is clothing-optional) are ideal for basking in the sun in the warmer months. Both pools are open year-round and are maintained at a comfortable 80 degrees. If it’s too chilly to enjoy a swim, try a soak in the Japanese hot baths or warm up in the dry sauna. Get centered with daily yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi classes. Or simply pull up a lawn chair and gaze at the expansive views of the Pacific.

Guest rooms are designed to bring the outdoors in with natural wood, slate floors and plenty of windows. Bathrooms feature walk-in showers and separate soaking tubs. Fireplaces, available in some rooms, add a cozy element to this coastal retreat.

The Restaurant at Ventana offers a menu focused on highlighting the bounty of the Central California Coast through locally sourced ingredients. The continental breakfast, included for all guests as part of the resort fee, includes quiche, fresh baked pastries, fresh seasonal berries, espresso drinks and more. The outdoor patio is a lovely spot to enjoy a meal, weather permitting, with some tables boasting impressive ocean views.

Note: There is a $55.25 (tax inclusive) nightly resort fee. The resort fee covers parking, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, morning yoga classes, guided Discovery Walks, nightly wine and cheese reception, pool and fitness center access and shuttle service for guests wishing to dine off-site.

From the press:
  • “If hammocks, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, and guided 'Discovery Walks' appeal to you, this cozy, adults-only retreat is just your ticket” -- Travel + Leisure
  • “This is a wonderful vacation in quiet and nature” -- Conde Nast Traveler
  • “This low-key but luxurious resort is so plush and comfy” -- Sunset Magazine



  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 1pm.

Children and additional guests: Ventana Inn is an adults-only property, children are not allowed.
Extra bed available in the Big Sur Suite only; $50 per night + tax.
Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: A resort fee of $55.25 (tax inclusive) applies and includes:

  • Daily Extended Continental Breakfast
  • Daily Ventana Discovery Walk
  • Daily Exercise class
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Hosted Wine & Cheese reception
  • DVD Library
  • Shuttle to restaurants in Big Sur
  • Local & 800 calls
  • Parking

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

It is the responsibility of the hotel chain and/ or the individual property to ensure the accuracy of the photos displayed. Travelzoo is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the photos.

94% Positive
(17 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ventana Inn and Spa (part of Joie de Vivre) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
3.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The training of the staff! Incredible.
Leslie Feb 29, 2016 Gualala, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Such a beautiful luxury hotel. Villa was beautiful. Grounds were really kept up. Breakfast had such amazing sticky buns.
Marie Feb 29, 2016 Emerald Hills, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The quality of the lodgings and the professional and friendly nature of the staff.
Peter Feb 18, 2016 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Location, the resort and staff.
Other Comments
Wi-fi could have been better for such a high end resort. Their shuttle service was limited to Post Ranch therefore we had to cancel our dinner reservation at the Big Sur Bakery.
Ruby Feb 08, 2016 San Mateo, CA, United States
Other Comments
The room rack rate is too expensive, so I love the Travel Zoo pricing!
Leslie Feb 02, 2016 Portola Valley, CA, United States
Other Comments
for the cost (even with the deal) there was a lot of noise from the neighbors due to poor insulation of the building
rachel Jan 25, 2016 san francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff was nice and the grounds were nice.
Other Comments
The room was dark and we had no view. We had two meals one at the restaurant and one in our room and both were very subpar. We drove into Carmel the next day to get a good meal. We stayed the day before Ventana in Monterey and wished we would have stayed there the extra two nights and saved a ton of money.
Scott Jan 11, 2016 Visalia, CA, United States
Other Comments
I thought hotel/experience was worth the price I paid with Travelzoo. I wouldn't pay full price so keep offering discounts/value!
Devon Dec 09, 2015 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Brenda Dec 03, 2015 Auburn, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic! I just wish it was more affordable so my husband and I could go more often.
Claudia Dec 01, 2015 San Leandro, CA, United States

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