"Activity" at Ventana is not merely about staying busy or filling your days with diversions. It's about discovery, self-reflection and a deep awareness of your place in the world - all of which represents different things to different people. For some, the agenda might include nothing other than sitting on a mountaintop and staring at the ocean. For others, those looking for something more, Ventana offers myriad ways to connect with yourself and everything around you.
Begin each day with a morning yoga class or a guided hike around the property. Join us for one of the workshops and activities offered through our Alila Experience Program - from photography hikes and Glass House Art classes to personalized astrology readings and essence portraits. Get a workout in our fitness room or go for a swim, and follow it with a Japanese hot bath. Take a day to venture out and explore Big Sur. Ease into the evening with our daily wine-and-cheese reception. It's all up to you - and it's all designed for you.
Falcons and other birds of prey have long captured the imagination of humans—especially in Big Sur, which has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society.
And Ventana’s Falconry Experience, let by Master Falconer Antonio Balestreri, allows you to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures.
There’s truly no substitute for seeing a falcon for yourself, but you can still learn plenty about them without even going outside. Just be warned: After reading these four fun facts about falcons from the Smithsonian and other experts, you might find yourself a bit obsessed! (We sure did.)