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A romantic and relaxing getaway in a cliffside coastal setting.
When your need for solitude arises, it’s important to satisfy your yearnings in style. Do so by heading for the place where the Santa Lucia mountain range touches the Pacific Ocean, where steep bluffs plunge and redwoods soar, and where stunning vistas span the edge of the earth. Perched 1,200 feet above the sea, Ventana Inn & Spa is situated along California’s Big Sur coast. It is a haven of calm — its sense of isolation is so profound it’s difficult to believe this spectacular hideaway lies only 28 miles from the village of Carmel by the Sea. At Ventana you can truly clear your mind — if not for the rest of your lifetime, for at least a couple of days.
It was built in the 1970s by producer Lawrence A. Spector, who used the money he made from the movie, "Easy Rider." Once you check in, help yourself to a selection of complimentary wines and cheeses. Or prepare a plate to go and let a hotel escort whisk you away through lush landscaping to your temporary headquarters.
No two rooms are alike, and accommodations are spread out over a number of buildings. Accommodations range from modest-but-comfortable guest rooms to more luxurious suites, cottages and houses. Common amenities in all rooms include: oceanview terraces, wet bars and wood-burning fireplaces.
Though contemporary comforts like high speed Internet access are at your fingertips, it’s likely you won’t be compelled to connect. Ventana encourages the quiet activities of its honeymooning and homeymooning clientele. So go ahead … soak in your oversized tub all day, enjoy a DVD from the hotel video library, get cozy with a book in front of the fireplace or simply sway in one of the property’s hammocks at 1,200 feet above the Pacific. Your only disruption might be the song of the blue bird or the rustling of a deer on the woodland floor.
Around the property, there are romantic pathways, Japanese Baths, a spa, a fitness center and two swimming pools. The Restaurant at Ventana incorporates local ingredients into fresh California cuisine.
Reluctance may set in when you’re packing your things, but when you do leave behind this magical setting, Ventana will stay with you forever.
*Note: The Restaurant at Ventana is currently undergoing a renovation and is closed to the public, but still serving resort guests.