Joie de Vivre

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In between the California coast and its rugged wilderness lies a resort ready to weave its own spiritual magic over its guests.

Ventana Inn & Spa brings luxury to nature, while embodying the peaceful essence that is Big Sur.

Whether you come to explore, to romance or to relax, you may very well leave a changed person.

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Guests Are Saying

  • My husband and I have been guests at Ventana for 4 separate stays over the past 7 years...it is our "go-to" vacation. We have never been disappointed. In fact, we have recommended it to 3 other couples who have also returned again and again -- which is no small feat considering we live thousands of miles away.  - snappycurtis, TripAdvisor
  • We stayed 2 luxurious nights two weeks ago (July 6&7) and are still floating from our experience. Wow, what a wonderful soup to nuts experience we enjoyed. Sean, at the front desk, is truly one of the most outstanding, professional, courteous and helpful reception representatives I've ever encountered in the world.  - 4Crabs, TripAdvisor
  • If you have a special occasion, or simply need to get away somewhere beautiful, I could not recommend this property more highly. GO!  - SFTraveler009, TripAdvisor
  • This hotel is really a series of small luxury cabins. The staff are welcoming (they greet you with a nice glass of wine) and the accommodations are luxurious. The spa is relaxing and the therapists are friendly and helpful. They do nice touches like yoga in the morning, organized hiking trips, afternoon wine and cheese and complimentary chair massages.  - HobokenNewJersey, TripAdvisor
  • We were treated so well at the Ventana Inn. We spent a few days here on our anniversary and had an idyllic experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the grounds were gorgeous. The path right past the main lobby had the most fragrant flowers - I want to grow them in my own garden.  - lmmcorp, TripAdvisor

Articles

The Beat Goes On C Magazine, October 2012
The Beat Goes On

C Magazine, October 2012

Road Trippin' Up Big Sur WestJet up!, Sept 2012
Road Trippin' Up Big Sur

WestJet up!, Sept 2012

Award: Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Hotels: 2011, 2010, 2008 & 2007 Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award: Travel + Leisure’s World's Best Hotels: 2011, 2010, 2008 & 2007

Travel + Leisure Magazine

Award: The World's Best Places to Stay - Gold List: 2012, 2011, 2010 Condé Nast Traveler
Award: The World's Best Places to Stay - Gold List: 2012, 2011, 2010

Condé Nast Traveler

Readers' Choice Awards 2011, 2010 Condé Nast Traveler
Readers' Choice Awards 2011, 2010

Condé Nast Traveler

Choice Gold Award Winner - Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels 2010 Fodor's Travel Guides
Choice Gold Award Winner - Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels 2010

Fodor's Travel Guides

Reader's Choice Award Winner - Top 20 U.S. Hideaways 2010 Andrew Harper
Reader's Choice Award Winner - Top 20 U.S. Hideaways 2010

Andrew Harper

World’s Best Trip: Big Sur, California Travel + Leisure, August 2011
World’s Best Trip: Big Sur, California

Travel + Leisure, August 2011

The Wild Coast Big Sur offers little pleasures Los Altos Town Crier, July 2011
The Wild Coast Big Sur offers little pleasures

Los Altos Town Crier, July 2011

The Road to Big Sur is Open: Go Now 7x7 Magazine, July 2011
The Road to Big Sur is Open: Go Now

7x7 Magazine, July 2011

The Essence of Big Sur, The Ventana Inn and Spa Nili Stevens Inspired Living, May 2011
The Essence of Big Sur, The Ventana Inn and Spa

Nili Stevens Inspired Living, May 2011

Press Releases

Joie de Vivre Hotels Among Conde Nast Traveler's Best in U.S.
Joie de Vivre's Hotel Vitale and Ventana Inn & Spa Named Travel + Leisure's "T+L 500" List