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Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur

4.5-star4.5 stars
48123 Highway OneBig SurCA93920United States of AmericaGreat location! See map

Adults-only resort in Big Sur with 2 outdoor pools, spa
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Rather comfortable
Great amenities
Fantastic service
Food is all right
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Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur

from $745
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  • xBig Sur Suitex
  • xVentana Fireplace Roomx
  • xSuperior Fireplace Roomx
  • xBig Sur Spa Suitex
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  • Single Room
  • Superior Room, 1 King Bed, Fireplace
  • Single Room
  • Single Room
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  • Suite
  • 0B
  • Single Room
  • Single Room
  • Big Sur Suite
  • Big Sur Spa Suite
  • Pacific House Room
  • Superior Suite, Hot Tub
  • Superior Room, Fireplace
  • Ventana Room, Fireplace
  • Ventana Room
  • Room (Ventana)
  • Ventana Room, Accessible
  • Ventana Room, Accessible, Fireplace

About Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur

Secluded Big Sur resort with ocean views and a spa

Tucked along the hills

This rustic luxury resort puts you in the middle of Big Sur among the dramatic hillsides that line up against State Highway 1. It's surrounded by thick forestry and affords a full view of the Pacific Ocean surf as it pounds into rocky outcroppings.

A drive along the coast

The white sands of Carmel River State Beach are 27 miles away, and the coastal-hugging scenery along the way is worth the drive. If you want to get even closer to nature, a 5-mile hike along North Coast Ridge Road starts at the resort and winds through the local wilderness.

Indulgent spa treatments

A seaweed body wrap or hot stone message at The Spa at Ventana are just 2 more ways to get in touch with nature. Big Sur’s earthy vibe also shines at The Restaurant at Ventana, where seasonal American cuisine and Central Coast wines are served in a lodge-style setting.

Surrounded by ocean

The 60 cabin-like guestrooms at Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only feature terraces with panoramic views of the ocean or the woods. All rooms feature amenities like high-speed Internet, deep soaking tubs, and Egyptian cotton bedding.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 60 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 4 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 1 PM
An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum guest age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (17 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

  • Pets allowed *


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Free self parking


  • Free area shuttle within 5.00 mi

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Fitness facilities
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Spa tub
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Meeting rooms 5
  • Conference space size (feet) - 8403
  • Conference space size (meters) - 756
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 8
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


The Restaurant at Ventana - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.


On Site

  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa tub
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site


  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Awards and affiliations

  • Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only is listed in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay and the 2012 Travel + Leisure 500.

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur’s small print

Also known as

  • Ventana Inn Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
  • Ventana Inn Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel Big Sur
  • Ventana Joie de Vivre Boutique
  • Ventana Joie de Vivre Boutique Big Sur
  • Ventana Inn JdV Hotel Adults Big Sur
  • Ventana Inn JdV Hotel Adults
  • Ventana JdV Adults Big Sur
  • Ventana JdV Adults


Construction is underway at a neighboring building and there may be noise disturbance from the construction work.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

Optional extras

Breakfast costs between USD 10 and USD 30 for adults, and USD 0 and USD 0 for children (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 150 per accommodation, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur


  • Big Sur Spirit Garden - 14 min walk
  • Big Sur Station - 34 min walk
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - 8.9 mi / 14.3 km
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park - 3.2 mi / 5.1 km
  • Pfeiffer Beach - 3.5 mi / 5.7 km
  • McWay Falls - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km
  • Andrew Molera State Park - 6.9 mi / 11 km
  • Partington Cove - 7 mi / 11.2 km

Getting around

  • Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula) - 53 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free area shuttle

Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort - Adults Only, Big Sur

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