We have been retracing our honeymoon road trip up the California coast on Highway 1 along the Pacific for the last week and spent an evening the Ventana Inn (which was our splurge spot on our initial trip many years ago). It is still quite an exclusive laid back, quiet and peaceful resort and we enjoyed our short stay this go around.
The rooms are clustered throughout the property and we opted for one with a fireplace. Reception was friendly and service was very good. There is one clothing optional hot tub and sauna area that we chose to avoid. The exercise room is very dated and not equipped the way we are now accustomed to expect. Dinner at the Ventana Inn Restaurant was accented by delicious food, sometimes spotty service, and an excellent wine list with numerous half bottles so a couple could experience a multitude of the area wines that are excellent values. Kudos to the Wine Director!
In summary, the resort does show its age and could use some sprucing up but our memories, both of the original trip and this repeat are pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ventana Inn & Spa is a luxurious resort nestled in the mountains above California’s central coast. Situated on 243 acres of wooded hillside, 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast, Ventana Inn & Spa is quiet, secluded and beautiful. The Inn provides a peaceful and soothing atmosphere enhanced by its proximity to the area’s natural wonders. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ventana Inn And Spa
- Ventana Hotel Big Sur
- Ventana Resort Big Sur
- Ventana Inn Big Sur