Ventana Big Sur

An iconic Big Sur hotel, Ventana Big Sur stands proud as a matchless, adults-only hotel providing peace and seclusion among rolling meadows and forested hillsides. Unique wooded décor provides the framework for this exclusive resort, whilst the 59 chic guest-rooms provide the views and the 15 canvas glamp tents provide the charm. This is California at its best.


Ventana is located in the famed Big Sur along California’s Central Coast, between Monterey and San Luis Obispo. 28 miles south of Carmel, and 2 and a half hours away from San Fransisco International airport, Ventana Big Sur boasts a secluded forest setting, making for a romantic hideaway among 243 acres of stunning scenery. Coastal vistas and hillside landscapes are abundant and can be admired all year round from this idyllic property. Make sure you’ve got your camera handy.

Your Room

High ceilings and spacious open rooms make for a luxurious stay in any of the 59 guestrooms, where, complete with elegant wooden furnishings and breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains from private balconies, you’ll get a feel for rustic-luxury. But for a real dose of the outdoors, burrow away in one of 15 safari-style canvas tents and glamp in style. Handheld lanterns and gourmet picnic baskets are just a few of the added extras you’ll be treated to – but turndown in the outdoors has always been our favourite part of the day. Piping hot cocoa and a s’mores kit? It’s the perfect excuse to put the fire pit to use.

Why we like it

Whilst exploring the beautiful surroundings is a must, The Gallery at Ventana Big Sur is also well worth a visit and adds that something extra to the hotel’s already boundless charm. Showcasing a unique collection of superb paintings, sculptures, jewellery and photography by some of the most famed artists in California, The Gallery is one of the largest displays of Californian impressionism.