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Activities in Big Sur


An Invitation to Inspiration

For centuries, the stunning beauty and powerful geography of Big Sur have beckoned artists, authors, musicians, thinkers and spiritual leaders seeking creative inspiration, personal transformation and inner well-being. Now, our Alila Experience programming extends a similar invitation to you, with experiences designed to help you develop a deeper connection to yourself, your partner and the natural world. 

Please note that Alila Experiences are private, must be purchased separately and are not inclusive of your stay. The following is a sample list—for the most current available experiences, and to book in advance, please contact guest relations at 800.628.6500 or email  For a listing of Signature Experiences included in your stay, please click here.

Private Excursions

When you immerse yourself in the diverse beauty of majestic old-growth redwoods, cascading mountain streams, and the rugged Pacific coastline, you are more than a visitor to Big Sur—you become a part of this region’s story. In turn, it becomes a part of you, leaving an indelible impression that changes you forever. These private hiking excursions afford you the opportunity to not only have new experiences, but gain new perspectives.

  • Private Hike 2.5 to 3 hours, $125 pp

  • Half-Day Excursion 4 hours, $175 pp

  • The Robinson Jeffers Hike 2.5 to 3 hours, $125 pp

  • Big Sur Discovery Tour (driving and light hiking) 2.5 to 3-4 hours, $150/$200 pp

  • The Jack Kerouac Experience (driving tour on the Old Coast Road) 2.5 to 3 hours, $150 pp

  • Night Hike 1.5 to 2 hours, $150 pp

  • The Big Sur Galleries Tour 2.5 to 3 hours, $150 pp

  • Spiritual Hiking Excursion and Hermitage Tour 4 hours, $250 pp

Cosmic Yoga

Celestial Infused Yoga: A combination of celestial exploration and attunement of the body and mind. This experience draws on the Bohemian roots of Big Sur connecting the individual with the land, the soul and the universe. It begins with an elemental journey and ends with a celestial infused yoga.

Wednesday & Friday: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost: $25 per person

*Private classes offered on demand for $75/hour

Axe Throwing

It’s pretty simple & deceptively fun! Our talented axe throwing coaches will provide a brief orientation at the start of the event. Our coaches will guide you throughout your session, helping to tweak and hone in on your technique so you can properly, and skillfully, throw an axe. End your experience with a friendly competition that might have you walk away with more than just bulleyes.

Duration: 30 min.
Price: $25 per person { excluding tax and service charge }

Please note that reservations for this experience must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Vinyasa and Vinyl Yoga

Music does more than soothe the soul; it brings balance to the mind, body, and spirit. Set to a curated selection of vinyl from Alila Ventana Big Sur, this vinyasa class will synchronize your movements with the music, open your senses, and relax the spirit, getting you ready to fully engage with this day.

Wednesday and Friday: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cost: $25 per person

*Private classes offered on demand for $75/hour

Get Buzzed Honey Harvest

Take your beekeeping experience full circle! Each class will begin in the Ocean Meadow, where you’ll suit up and go bee-hind the scenes for a closer look at these artisans in action! Taking what you learned from these un-bee-lievable workers, you will harvest your own Alila Ventana honey to bring home with you!

Monday & Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:30am

Cost: $90 per person { excluding tax and service charge }

A Forager's Compass - Wild Botanical Skincare

Journey with us through Alila Ventana’s wild and cultivated land. We will collect the herbs on a short nature walk, then infuse oils with herbs and turn them into a salve, using locally sourced beeswax. The class will introduce local native herbs and sustainable foraging techniques. At the end of this session, you will go home with an infused oil and salve you helped create.

Monday and Tuesday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm 

Price: $75 

Classic Cars, Classic Highway

The drive through Big Sur on Highway 1 is nothing short of breathtaking—and the grandeur is even greater when your trip down this historic road is in a vehicle with a rich history of its own. Alila Ventana Big Sur has partnered with Monterey Touring Vehicles to provide access to a hand-selected fleet of 40 classics, from vintage Porsche Spyders to classic Volkswagen vans, for you to embark on a journey of the senses and the soul.

You’ll see coves painted in shades of inviting blues and greens, mountains plunging into the sea, and native cypress trees that have taken on otherworldly shapes as they bend to natural forces. It’s a wild, remote beauty unlike anything most have ever experienced, leaving you to ponder the mysteries of the universe as you feel the twists and turns beneath you.

Duration:Half Day or Full day
Price: Beginning at $400 { excluding tax and delivery charge }

Glass House Dinners

The exquisite Glass House and its breathtaking ocean views create a private dinner experience like no other. Perched on the edge of the continent, your party will enjoy a prix-fixe menu (modifications available by request) and memories to last a lifetime.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: $2250 location fee, $500 per person { excluding tax and service charge }

Please note that reservations for this experience must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

Big Sur Bike Tours

Available at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. daily by advance reservation only

There are few better ways to experience the magnificent beauty of Big Sur than cruising up the Central Coast on a bike. Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face while soaking in nature’s beauty on Ventana Big Sur’s e-bike tour in partnership with Big Sur Bike Tours. Guided by an expert, you’ll enjoy a backcountry adventure following the original wagon trail into Big Sur on the Old Coast Road, including a visit to the magical redwood groves along the Little Sur River, for an immersion into the area’s rich history and pristine environment.

Please note that this is not a smooth, easy ride, but it is suitable for all skill levels. While our e-bikes mean this is not a demanding activity in terms of fitness or endurance, the ride does include a fairly steep descent on loose gravel, and the trail can be muddy and/or dusty depending on weather conditions. Big Sur Bike Tours can tailor the ride based on the ability and preferences of group members.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $250 per person

This experience requires a minimum of two guests. Reservations must be made at least three days in advance.

Circle of Life Meditation Experience

Join one of our Meditation Facilitators and Big Sur residents on this inspiring journey for the spirit, body and mind. You'll experience nature's wisdom and the deep power of inner and outer peace as you gather for a centering practice and guided walking meditation. The Circle of Life is a natural ring of 100-year-old redwoods, a place that awakens awareness and revitalizes your connection with yourself and your surroundings. (The trail is a mild to moderate 10-minute walk. Please bring water and wear supportive hiking shoes.)

Duration: 1 hour
Price: $300 per couple

Falconry Experience

Join Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri for an exciting introduction to hawks, falcons and owls , where you'll learn about the role of raptors in the Big Sur environment, see a flight demonstration, have a meet-and-greet with the birds, enjoy photo opportunities and more. Private and group experiences include a "hawk walk," a short hike where you'll be accompanied by a special flying guest.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $200 per person (requires a minimum of two guests)

Movement - Yoga, Tai Chi

Create a new beginning, or enhance your current body program, with a private yoga, tai chi, qi gong or meditation class. Available in a group or an individual format.

Duration: 50/80 minutes
Price: $155/$235 per person

Astrology Readings

Since ancient times, astrology readings have explored one’s birth chart to define the essential stages of life’s journey. Readings bring clarity to areas of conflict, emphasizing one’s strengths and providing tools for managing life in new and creative ways.

Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $295 per person or $350 per couple

Exploration in Watercolor (Private)

Exploration in Watercolor offers a basic understanding of materials and techniques to let paint and creativity flow. We begin with basic sketching from observation, delve into washes and translucent layers, and experiment with color theory.

Materials Fee: $15 per person
Session Fee: $295 per person, $350 per couple

Touch Earth's Essence Workshop Playing Clay

Remind your senses of our connection to the earth with this class, a shortcut to getting your hands wet with clay under the guidance of a local artist. Using the provided toolkit and clay, you will learn simple slab-making techniques and form shallow bowls, with stamp molds available to create impressions of fish, hummingbirds, dragonflies, and more.

At the end of the class, you can choose to have the artist dry, trim, and glaze your bowl and ship it to your home when complete—a unique and lasting reminder of your time at Ventana.

Duration: 90 minutes
Session Fee: $295 per person, $350 per couple (glazing and shipping an additional $100 per couple)

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