Resort – About Us

Relaxation, reflection…these are fitting activities at Ventana. This is no ordinary Central Coast resort. The very air induces a sense of serenity and well-being. Should you wish to pursue an activity away from the Inn, you will find a beautiful world to explore just a few steps or minutes away.

On property, Ventana has two heated swimming pools, each four feet deep and 75 feet in length, with adjoining bathhouses containing Japanese hot baths and sun decks, one with its own dry sauna. The bathhouse facility and one pool feature “clothing optional” areas, and are open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The fitness room, with a variety of exercise equipment including Stairmaster, treadmill, free weights and more, is open from 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Explore Big Sur

Ventana Property Walk

The best way to start any day at Ventana! Every morning at 10 a.m. our Ventana guide leads a one-hour walk around the property. Guests learn about the history of the property, Big Sur and the flora and fauna native to the area. Wildlife viewing may include California condors, eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, and a myriad of other birds. During migration season (December/January and April/May) whales can often be spotted from several vantage points on the property.

Big Sur Guides & Hiking

Daily excursions into the Soul of Big Sur, these treks are designed for all capabilities and offer a 2 and a half hour to 3 hour adventure, into the beautiful Big Sur Wilderness. Experience gazing upon incredible vistas of the Pacific Ocean as the California Grey Whale migrates; or an array of wildflowers that will overwhelm all of your senses, or marvel at the feeling of the mist hitting your face, fifteen feet from the tallest waterfalls in the area, or most importantly …dance around with the tallest living thing on earth, the California Coastal Redwood. All hikes are led by Big Sur Guides and Hiking.


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.

The Spa

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.


The Restaurant at Ventana

The Restaurant at Ventana’s menu utilizes local, sustainable ingredients from California’s Central Coast to create memorable dishes to pair with our award-winning wine list. Advance reservations are recommended.

Departure Lounge/Virtuoso Amenities for your stay (for 2018-2019):

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests (up to $30 per person credit daily)
  • $100 hotel resort credit to be used during stay excluding retail (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi