Need to know
Fifty-nine, including 25 suites.
1pm. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from $850.00, excluding tax at 10.7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $2.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates usually exclude breakfast (à la carte breakfasts average around $30 a person), but include an afternoon wine-and-cheese hour, daily yoga or tai chi class, guided grounds hike.
Start your day off with activity and rejuvenation: each morning, a free yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi class is held in the library at 8am. Explore the 243 acres of Ventana’s land and learn about the history of the area with a free guided hike that leaves from the lobby each morning at 10am
At the hotel
Two swimming pools, Japanese hot baths, spa, hiking trails, gym, library and game room, gardens, DVD library, art gallery, free WiFi throughout. In room: walking sticks, binoculars, sensei sandals, bathrobes, flatscreen TV, DVD player, radio and iPod dock, minibar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, Lather toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
For honeymoon-suite-style privacy and the sounds of the woods as a soundtrack, opt for the Cottage House, with its cosy leather armchairs and oversized deck looking out over the hills towards ocean. Otherwise, we’d like to move into a Pacific House room, with its clean-lined modern look, wall of windows, two-person slate soaking tub, private hot tub and high vaulted ceilings with skylights.
The hotel has two swimming pools; one is close to the spa, and both have sunlounger- and umbrella-dotted decks for hours of basking. Attached to each pool area is a Japanese hot bath, a winding, wood-walled heated pool that is especially atmospheric at night.
The Spa at Ventana offers a range of natural treatments inspired by native herbs and plants in its seven rooms. Favourites include the Essence of Big Sur Herbal Massage and Advanced Renewal Facial. Technicians are trained at the nearby Esalen Institute.
Bring your hiking shoes for the miles of trails on the grounds and in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, but leave your walking stick and binoculars at home – each room comes equipped with both for your outdoor adventures.
Pets can stay at Redwood Retreats for $150 a pet. See more pet-friendly hotels in Big Sur.
Guests must be at least 18 years old.