Ventana Inn is just across Hwy 1 from Post Ranch which I reviewed recently. I have been asked over the years which resort is better? Both resorts have their own distinctive character and both are fantastic getaways. Ventana is built on a forested hill side with distant ocean views. Post ranch is built on an ocean ridge. Both inn's are newly redecorated. Ventana has flat screen TV’s. Both resorts are best described as romantic getaways, with nothing much for children to do. Ventana has a clothing optional pool and a regular pool. We have been taking an annual trip to Big Sur for 20 years and it our honeymoon location. As for Ventana inn itself. The rooms are cozy and exude rustic luxury. The restaurant is fantastic and there is a daily wine reception. Most rooms have a hot tub and fireplace. Ventana though not inexpensive usually costs us less than Post Ranch. Most of the staff has been there for years and many remember us from previous stays. The drive along the California coast from Cambria to Monterey is one of the most beautiful coast drives in the world. Ventana Inn is a wonderful place stop for a few days or stay a week, relax take a spa treatment and reconnect with that special person in your life. If you are looking for a place to getaway for a few days and wind down Big Sur is a great place to reset you life clock. We avoid Big Sur in the summer because of the mobile homes and slow traffic pulling trailers on Hwy 1. Also the coast of California has more fog along the coast in summer than winter (Ventana is usually above the clouds even in summer). We always travel to Big Sur during the week and in the off season, to avoid traffic.
- 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