The simple pleasures are the best at the Ventana Inn taking a walk in the woods, reading a book beside a real wood fire, cuddling with your sweetie, sipping wine while watching wild turkeys strut on the lawn at dusk.
The Ventana Inn underwent an extensive renovation in 2008 which included an upgraded and expanded breakfast area, updated guest rooms, and a new outdoor fire pit. The views and surroundings are still the same and it retains its woodsy, connected-to-the-surroundings feel. We think the changes are all for the better, but some visitors say they liked it better the way it was.
Designed by Kipp Stewart of Big Sur, Ventana is a completely unique Central Coast California resort where 12 one- and two-story buildings of weathered cedar are scattered in a mountain meadow among landscaped gardens. Accented by redwood, oak and bay laurel trees, 60 oversized guestrooms, and spacious suites offer rustic sophistication and romantic allure.
All accommodations feature a deck or patio with forest, canyon, mountain or distant ocean views. Some decks have personal outdoor spas. Most rooms have a wood-burning fireplace, separate living area, a spacious bath with open enclosure slate/tub/shower, dressing area and custom bath amenities. Interior appointments include a luxurious king-size bed.
Color tones keep in harmony with the coastal setting: sage, rust, deep browns, cream and soft gold tones. Amenities include luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding, hooded terry cloth robes, slippers, umbrella, binoculars, in-room safe, refreshment honor bar, coffee and tea service, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, telephone, daily newspaper, walking sticks, flashlights and nightly turndown service.
Newly renovated suites have flat screen LCD television monitors, DVD players and Bose surround sound systems. All other accommodations have flat-screen televisions for use with DVD. The resort has an extensive complimentary DVD library.
A sumptuous continental Big Sur breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay. Arrangements may be made for in-room delivery. Guests are invited to enjoy a wine and daily hors d’oeuvres welcome reception as well as a yoga or pilates class and guided “Ventana Discovery Walk”.
The Spa at Ventana embraces the magical essence of Big Sur through the use of nature’s healing gifts. Treat yourself to the ultimate in rejuvenation at the Monterey-area’s premier resort and spa. All treatments are designed to relax and nurture the body and spirit and to rejuvenate and revitalize subtle energies. Choose from a variety of massages in the privacy of your room, on your deck or in our spa, either by yourself or with your partner.
Take the opportunity to lose yourself in the fragrance of wild mountain lavender and other natural botanical essences. Practitioners are dedicated to providing a sensory experience that offers relaxation and connection where one can find inner peace and sanctity.
Guest rooms in 12 buildings, with or without fireplaces and hot tubs, suites, villas. Smallest are over 400 square feet
Two-night minimum on weekends, one-night reservations can be made Sunday through Thursday
Free parking and Internet access (wired in rooms, wireless in lobby)
Swimming pools (one is clothing optional), Japanese-style hot baths, small fitness center, hiking trails
Spa on premises
Rooms have binoculars, flashlights, walking sticks, DirecTV. Access to 1,200-book library and DVD collection
Complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine, and cheese. Restaurant on premises
Pets are not allowed