Ventana Big Sur Reopens After Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

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Ventana Big Sur has reopened as the first Alila Hotels & Resorts property in North America after a multimillion-dollar, resort-wide renovation. The reopening of the resort follows on the heels of last month’s debut of the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which restored roadway access through Big Sur.

The enhancements include:


The resort’s 59 each have a private balcony or patio with either mountain or ocean views, as well as soaking tubs and fireplaces. Select suites will have outdoor hot tubs and outdoor couple’s rain showers. Accessories such as walking sticks, binoculars and lanterns are all included, inviting guests to discover the great outdoors.

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Social House

Social House, located at the center of the resort, has three different lifestyle spaces:

  • The Library & Music Room: A ’60s lodge-inspired setting where guests can relax with a book by the stone fireplace, sip a drink and flip through a collection of vinyl records
  • The Game Room: A lively setting where guests can meet new friends and join in the fun with a pool table, game tables and board games
  • The Bar Room: An intimate lounge with a communal table that serves as the focal point for the resort’s nightly wine and cheese pairing

Other Social House amenities include an experience coordinator available to arrange activities and an outdoor patio and lounge with a fire pit.

The Sur House Restaurant

The Sur House restaurant received a new, elevated ocean-view terrace and outdoor bar. Executive Chef Paul Corsentino uses Pacific-sourced seafood, free-range meats from local farmers and homemade accoutrements.

Glass House Gallery

Opening in December, the Glass House Gallery is perched atop a cliff in a steel shipping container with windows overlooking the coastline. It will showcase artwork and photography by artists from California’s Central Coast.

Spa Alila and Resort Pools

The Spa Alila has treatments rooted in both traditional and modern methods from around the world, as well as products that meld the healing properties of earth and sea.

New spa amenities include an outdoor barrel sauna, wooden relaxation decks with ocean and forest views and two outdoor spa cabanas with massage tables and hammered copper soaking tubs that overlook the redwood forest. Refreshed interiors offer new lounge furnishings and black-and-white photography.

Guests can enjoy two outdoor pools, the Meadow Pool, which has a new, infinity-edge hot tub, and the clothing-optional Mountain Pool with adjacent Japanese hot baths.

Alila Experience Program

The resort’s new Alila Experience Program includes activities such as a falconry experience, culinary and beverage journeys, photography hike workshops and others that encourage discovery.

Redwood Canyon Glampsites

This new glamping program offers a rustic-luxury twist on traditional camping. Fifteen safari-style, canvas tents each have cabin-style décor, a custom-designed plush glamping mattress with luxury hotel linens and other comforts. Glampers still daily housekeeping service, morning coffee and tea, handheld lanterns and natural timber walking sticks, fully-stocked bath baskets, a s’mores kit and more. The brand-new glamping Bath House has teak-enclosed showers with subway tile, heated floors, full hotel amenities, granite vanities and restroom facilities.

Weddings, Meetings and Events

Framed by the ocean and forest, the new 7,000-square-foot Ocean Meadow Lawn has space for up to 200 guests. Other venues include the intimate Redwood Cathedral, The Loft and more.

"Explore the Big Sur Wilderness" Package"

The new “Explore the Big Sur Wilderness” travel package includes a surprise arrival amenity, private guided hike with picnic lunch for two, evening wine and cheese tasting, daily yoga, access to the Japanese hot baths and a daily newspaper. It starts at $775 per night.

Ventana Big Sur room rates start at $675 per night; Redwood Canyon Glampsites start at $325 per night. For an additional resort fee of $100 per night, glampers can enjoy access to the Social House, Spa Alila, the resort’s two pools and the fitness center.

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