Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort

48123 Highway One | Big Sur, CA 93920-9538  [SEE MAP]Big Sur, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Complimentary yoga classes offered daily
A stay here is pretty expensive

Impeccable service and beautiful grounds are what people expect at Ventana, and, according to recent travelers, guests get those luxuries with a whole lot more. Guests have opportunities to work up a sweat while hiking or taking an outdoor yoga class before cooling off at the spa or in one of two on-site pools (one of which is clothing-optional). Recent diners also rave about the delicious cuisine served at The Sur House, which features a menu composed of locally sourced ingredients prepared in creative ways and served alongside the restaurant's fine wine list. And, although the accommodations vary in size from approximately 414 to nearly 1,200 square feet, all of the rooms feature comfortable beds, artisan-curated minibars and private decks offering breathtaking views of Big Sur's scenery. Ventana Inn & Spa is located about 30 miles south of Monterey along Highway 1.

Big Sur, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 60 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Mountain(s)
Best For
Couples, Solo travelers, Groups


  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

  • Condé Nast Hot List 2018
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Travel + Leisure "It List" 2018
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 356 have reviewed the Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 356 reviews 4.5 (based on 356 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The newly renovated guest rooms feature contemporary decor in warm earth tones and natural wood with a furnished private deck or patio with forest or ocean views. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers, complimentary Wi-Fi access, artisan-curated minibars and bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs. Larger rooms and suites include additional perks like fireplaces, dining areas and wet bars. There are also two separate houses, the Cottage House and the Coast House, on the property for larger groups.

    Standard room size414 square feet

    • Internet (free)
    • Premium channels
    • Workspace/desk
    • Minifridge
    • Bathrobes/slippers
    • Minibar
    • Shower/tub combo
    • Separate shower
    • Separate tub
    • Wireless Internet
    • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
    • Adjoining rooms available

    Location & Parking

    Situated around 30 miles south of Monterey in Big Sur, the Ventana Big Sur is an 160-acre adults-only resort designed for relaxation from spending a lazy afternoon in a hammock to soaking in Japanese hot baths. The surrounding area allows for a variety of natural recreational activities such as horseback riding and boating.
    • Monterey Regional Airport is 36 miles north
    • San Jose International Airport is about 105 miles north
    • 24-hour valet parking (free)
    • 24-hour self-parking (free)
    • Airport shuttle
    • Car service

    Within walking distance of:

    • Grocery store
    • Movie theater
    • Theater
    • Shopping
    • Bus stop
    • Train station
    • Subway/metro stop
    • Restaurants
    • Beach


    The Big Sur restaurant offers high-rise views of the Pacific Ocean with indoor and outdoor eating areas. Serving Coastal Californian cuisine, including local seafood and free-range meats, the restaurant is also home to a wine cellar with 10,000 bottles.
    • Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Number of restaurants1

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • Free breakfast


    The property features two outdoor pools. One infinity pool overlooks the ocean and the redwood forest while the other more secluded pool is clothing optionial. The resort also offers Japanese hot baths that are heated to 104 degrees year-round.
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Seasonal
      • Indoor
      • Outdoor
      • Indoor/outdoor combo
      • Pool bar
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas


      The Spa Alia features a full line of massages, facials, body treatments and specialized therapies. In addition to the serene treatment rooms, the Spa offers outdoor treatments on its private deck. Spa guests may access the Japanese soaking tubs, pool and dry sauna before or after treatments.
      • In-room spa services available
      • Couples treatments offered

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna


      The Ventana Big Sur features a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment. offers complimentary yoga classes daily as well as hour-long guided walks through the property. The property also offers self-guided hiking trails.
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
        • Bicycles
        • Tennis
        • Guided runs
        • Paddle boats
        • Motor boats


        The Ventana Inn & Spa has more than 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including The Library and a Sky Terrace. The largest space can accommodate up to 120 people, but more spaces are designed for gatherings of about 50 to 70 people.

          Number of meeting rooms6

          • Business center
          • Meeting rooms
          • Meeting and event planners available


          With two outdoor wedding venues that offer views of the coastline, the Ventana Big Sur can accommodate up to 200 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Upper and Lower Terrace are the biggest event venues, with the Lower Terrace able to hold 80 guests and the Upper able to accommodate 120 guests. Both venues afford ocean views.

            Maximum wedding guest capacity150

            • Hotel hosts weddings
            • Outdoor space for weddings
            • Wedding planners available

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