Big Sur

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort

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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

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


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 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: Guests pay a fee of $150 per dog (with a maximum of two dogs), which includes a dog bed and water bowl in your room.

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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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