Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort

For savvy Californians, Big Sur and Ventana have long been synonymous. Perched 1,200 feet above one of the most dramatic stretches of the state’s Central Coast, this adults-only, rustically romantic resort has just completed a multimillion-dollar transformation. Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort has 59 guest rooms and suites on 160 acres of redwood forests and meadows, each with a private balcony or patio (book a Big Sur Spa Suite for a private hot tub). Executive chef Keith Potter works with local farmers to create coastal cuisine from sustainable ingredients for The Sur House restaurant. Relish the essence of this iconic region.

Hotel Tip

Take advantage of the wine and cheese hour, held each evening around sunset. Enjoy the great view with a glass of red or white; featured vintners change daily. –Deborah Trevino Naperville, Illinois

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Virtuoso Amenities

For 2020:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom (up to $30 per person credit daily)
  • $100 USD 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

Reviews and Recommendations for Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort


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lovely hotel

By: ag13

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2015

This property is one of two luxury hotels in Big Sur it has lots of cool amenities: hot japanese baths , personal ensuite outdoor hot tubs, several pools etc breakfast buffet is included and very good also 4 oclock wine and cheese is another guest favorite. my only regret is not staying longer
Travel Advisor:  Robert Merlin

I want to be here everyweekend.

By: Lsquared

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

Have stayed here 2 times now. The second time was just as great as the first. The accommodation is spectacular and the staff extremely warm and inviting. They quickly helped us with every little detail. Can't recommend it enough.
Travel Advisor:  Stacy Weigant

tranquil getaway

By: shihfan

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

A very tranquil, beautiful resort. Just across the highway from the ocean but just as enjoyable. Staff are genuine and pleasant.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Schmit

Ventana Big Sur

By: Heather J

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2018

The hotel and property are gorgeous, staff is very friendly. We would highly recommend Ventana.
Travel Advisor:  Carol Brant

california 2019

By: teddy

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2019

a glorious spot for relaxation and rest--the staff was very informative and helpful
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Beautiful Property - Great Views

By: EDH Customer

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2019

We found Ventana Big Sur to be a pleasure. It is a beautiful property, easy to locate and the service is excellent. We enjoyed an upgraded room, thanks to Coastline Travel and Jeff Mutnick. Impeccable wood and leather interiors made the room deep and inviting. The ocean view from the balcony was rejuvenating. Excellent room service, a deep soaking bath and an in-deck spa made the room its own little mini getaway. Ventana Big Sur has a lot of inviting features. The common area is large and well-appointed, with games from chess to scrabble, and it is just a pleasure to spend time inside socializing. The panoramic views from the front lawn are wedding-photo ready, and there are myriad nooks and hideaways where you can read a book, enjoy a soak, or both. Resort atmosphere is very casual. Management is very responsive. The in-room food is excellent. The nearby restaurant is accommodating and beautiful, and the dining is classic. I highly recommend the Ventana Big Sur.
Travel Advisor:  Jeff Mutnick

Glamping at Ventana Big Sur

By: Lesley

Reviewed on: 02 May 2019

Glamping was a real treat! The surroundings beautiful and we had all we needed for a relaxing night! Ventana Big Sur's restaurant was also delicious!
Travel Advisor:  Laura Epstein

Ventana - excellent resort for an unbelievable setting

By: Zach

Reviewed on: 13 May 2019

The resort is amazing and fits well with the setting of Big Sur. We were warmly greeted by all of the staff. The rooms are big and also decorated to extend the essence of Big Sur. We ate at Sur House which was nice but would have been better if the outdoor seating were available. Will definitely return to Ventana next time I am in the Big Sur area.
Travel Advisor:  Ourisman Travel

Relaxing Adults-Only Experience

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2019

Our stay was very relaxing. The property is very in tune with nature - ocean, redwoods surround you at every turn. Having three young children at home, I especially appreciated escaping to the adults-only tranquility that is Ventana. Most of our stay I just marveled at how quiet it was! The service and room were both top notch too.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan
Not Recommended


By: Kristi

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2020

Glamping was expensive and no views and very little food.

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