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“Return to Nature”
Review of Ventana Big Sur

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Ventana Big Sur
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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“Return to Nature”
Reviewed March 13, 2005

This small hotel is located in one of the most scenic locations in the U.S. and if you miss seeing the stars from all the light polution in the city, you will be richly rewarded by the abundant display to be seen every evening at Ventana. The cottages are surrounded by oak and redwood forests and grounds that are well maintained with native plants. If you want to get away from it all, this is the spot.

Morning breakfasts in the lobby include an array of fresh fruits and a wonderful home brewed granola mixture. After breakfast I highly recommend the morning walk provided by the hotel. It takes about an hour and will give you a good history of the area and the leader was able to provide names for all plant species.

Lunch on the dining room terrace is a treat! When the Pacific Ocean cloud cover has passed, the view is spectacular and I wanted to linger for hours just relaxing and taking in the wonders of the coast. The air was fragrant with the wild lilac in bloom. While walking up to the restaurant from the hotel, I passed three deer who seemed very indifferent to my walk through their playgound.

For a small hotel, the dinner menu was impressive. I would highly recommend the Filet and the creme brulee for desert. After dinner, walk out to the best star show to be found. After staring for quite some time, I was glad I had an appointment in the Spa the next day to massage out the neck strain!

The Spa is lovely and guarded by a very friendly cat. My massage and facial were equal to any I have received at larger facilities. The wonderful granola that is served at breakfast can be purchased at the spa retail shop.

The best part of going to Ventana is that life slows down for a few days, and you can just enjoy time, fresh air and all that nature has to offer a stressed out city dweller.

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Reviewed February 3, 2005

My husband and I just returned from a three night stay at our favorite place on earth...Big Sur. We have been staying at the Ventana almost every year for the past 15 or so.
Big Sur and the Ventana are definitely a special state of mind...how could you not love this place? It is so awe-inspiring and peaceful.
We thoroughly enjoyed our exceptional room (#57). This suite had just been remodeled and it was incredible...the best room yet.
Dining at the Cielo restaurant is out of this world...the view from the patio is just amazing. We can't say enough about this place...don't believe all those other spoiled people...this is the one, it beats the Post Ranch hands down!! Go as soon as you can!

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Reviewed November 29, 2004

We have stayed at this wonderful Inn several times. Ventana offers several options, it is natural and unspoiled.

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Anyone who doesn't appreciate this beautiful Inn is obviously spoiled beyond hope !

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Reviewed November 23, 2004

Highly recommended. Perfect in every way. Definately worth the stay.

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Additional Information about Ventana Big Sur

Property: Ventana Big Sur
Address: 48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920-9538 (Formerly Ventana Inn & Spa)
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Location: United States > California > Big Sur
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Big Sur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Big Sur
#3 Family Hotel in Big Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ventana Big Sur 4.5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Even when you're inside, you'll always be connected to the outdoors at Ventana Big Sur – our luxurious, rustic and inviting guestrooms are tucked among the meadows and redwoods. Ventana's 59 rooms and suites are arranged around our 160-acre property in secluded groupings, offering the utmost in privacy and serenity. Constructed of sun-bleached cedar, the buildings blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings, with interiors featuring rich leathers and woods that provide a soothing, sophisticated retreat. ... more   less 
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Ventana Hotel Big Sur
Ventana Resort Big Sur
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