Lean back and relax. This is what real holidays are all about. The Ventana Inn understands; so your poolside peace will not be disturbed by children playing, and the restaurant caters purely for adult palates. In fact, the Inn takes care of everything. Including details like putting binoculars, hiking sticks and umbrellas in your room, so you can enjoy Big Sur to the max.

Immediately outside your door you’ll have 243 acres of private estate, including rolling Californian meadows, a fragrant forest climbing up the hillside and stunning views down plunging canyons. A little further afield lies the Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – making Ventana Inn a perfect location for exploring California’s Big Sur landscapes whilst taking a luxury, tailor-made holiday to the USA.

Ventana Inn, at a glance

  • Iconic Big Sur hotel set in 243 acres of rolling meadowland and forested hillsides
  • Choice of upscale guestrooms, luxury suites, villas and cottages in weathered cedar
  • All with private decks or patios presenting terrific forest, ocean, meadow or canyon views
  • En suite bathrooms and soaking baths
  • King-size beds and a wealth of details, like binoculars, umbrellas, flashlights and walking sticks
  • Signature restaurant serving creative dishes using locally-sourced and sustainably grown ingredients – complemented by an exemplary wine list

For leisure and pleasure

  • Two fine outdoor swimming pools – one of them clothing-optional
  • Rustic but chic spa offering the opportunity to relish a range of rejuvenating and pampering treatments
  • Two Japanese hot baths and a dry sauna
  • Fitness facility
  • Ideal place for exploring the Big Sur hinterland
  • Guided walks around the estate
  • Cycling trips into the countryside
  • Kayaking voyages
  • Specially designed romantic excursions
  • Carmel River State Beach, Hearst Castle and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park within easy reach
  • What was particularly impressive was the way in which Catherine listened to what we like to do and combined all of this in a destination we would not have considered - a truly terrific effort.

    OL, Caribbean, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7