Alila Ventana Big Sur

California’s homage to natural luxuriousness

Like the majestic redwoods growing in California’s Central Coast region, Alila Ventana Big Sur is a marvel to the eyes. Ideal for those who appreciate exceptional views and attentive service, the 160-acre property was re-envisioned in 2017 as an all-inclusive playground packed with outdoor sights and indoor splendor.

Before you even set foot inside one of the 59 suites and villas constructed of weathered cedar, you’ll walk past an organic garden, stand along rugged cliffs and be awed by views of the crashing Pacific below. Things are slightly tamer at the three onsite restaurants and the seven-treatment-room Spa Alila, but time at each is still wildly memorable. But if you just have to take a closer look at the area’s natural wonderment, set up a luxurious overnight camping experience in one of the safari-style tents.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • With terraces overlooking the emerald forest and wood-burning fireplaces, accommodations (ranging from 414-square-foot guest rooms to the spacious Coast House) entwine you in the wilderness without being too far from creature comforts.
  • Experience glamping at Alila Ventana Big Sur’s campground. Rustic tents may be surrounded by live oaks and bay laurels, but a queen bed, padded Adirondack chairs, power outlets for your electronic devices and an instant hot-water tap make you feel right at home.
  • One of Spa Alila’s goals is to recharge your batteries by bringing you closer to nature. The fabulous facility does just that with a world of services, including a traditional Swedish treatment, a Balinese-inspired healing massage and a hot-stone therapy employing local stones. Experience your rubdown from one of the new outdoor cabanas for next-level relaxation.
  • While you’ll appreciate The Sur House’s take on California cuisine (squash frittata, Santa Barbara prawns), it’s the resort’s kitchen-curated picnic lunches and monthly Chef’s Series that will satisfy your hunger for unique culinary outings.
  • The luxury hotel is a place to immerse yourself in breathtaking nature, whether you overlook the Pacific from The Sur House’s terrace or the redwoods from the Meadow Pool’s infinity-edge hot tub.

Things to Know

  • The Alila Experience Program ensures that you make the most of your time at the Big Sur hotel. The always-rotating menu of activities includes everything from falconry and foraging to clay workshops and condor training. It all just depends on how close to nature you want to get.
  • Highway 1 is stunning. See the photogenic stretch for yourself through the property’s partnership with Monterey Touring Vehicles, a company that lets you take a vintage Porsche Spyder, a classic VW and other timeless cars out for a spin along the coast.
  • As much as you know your children would enjoy all the nice cars and nature walks, they won’t be able to experience any of it in person. Alila Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only resort. All guests must be over the age of 18.

24-hour room service
Adults Only
Fitness classes
House car
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, California 93920
MRY (55 min)   SJC (1 hr 50 min-2 hr 10 min)   SFO (2 hr 20 min-2 hr 40 min)  
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