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"Big Sur is one of the most enchanting places we’ve ever been," says Laura. "We absolutely love the dramatic scenery and rustic environment. The smell of the redwoods on the way down gets us every time." They decided on Ventana Big Sur, an outdoor venue nestled above the coast with the "most spectacular views," for both their ceremony and reception. But the priceless seascape wasn't the only aspect of Ventana that made the venue an easy choice for the couple: It also happened to be right across the street from where Evan proposed!
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...There’s also Ventana Big Sur, which emerged from a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2017 with new villas and glamping tents spread out over 160 acres of redwood forest, a restaurant overlooking the ocean, and a pampering spa. As you sip your morning coffee with views of the Pacific, you might never want to leave.
Ventana is already well-known as one of the most luxurious places to stay in the region, however, its glamping experience truly takes comfort and style to an entirely new level. At Ventana, guests can book a stay at one of its bespoke glamping sites, which includes a safari-style tent complete plush bed covered in premium linens. Each site also comes with its own fire pit and s’mores kit (yes, it’s filled with Hershey’s) as well as full bathrooms available at the campsite’s bathhouse.
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A land of sweeping views known for its mind-body-soul getaways and retreats, Big Sur has towering redwoods, whimsical meadows, and the Pacific coastline. To indulge in the quintessential (and romantic) Big Sur experience, head to the Ventana Big Sur, for its infinity-edge hot tub, clothing-optional Mountain pool and adjacent Japanese hot baths.
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Ever since the Ventana Inn opened in 1975, it has been a quintessential stop on any road trip through Big Sur. But when landslides damaged the only bridge into the coastal California town from the north in early 2017, Ventana’s new owners decided to use that time to give the iconic property a refresh. While the essence of this peaceful retreat—now called Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort—hasn’t changed, the multimillion-dollar renovation introduced several elements that are worth stopping by to see the next time you drive down Highway 1 now that the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is officially open again.
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Big Sur is back on the scene in a big way after last year's massive landsliders closed a good portion of the coastline to the public for several months. The Ventana Inn took the downtime to revamp and rebrand, reopening its doors to visitors as Ventana Big Sur (the first North American property for Alila Hotels & Resorts), just as the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was unveiled in October.
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The Carmel, California, poet Robert Jeffers once stated, "The noblest thing I have ever seen is Big Sur," and we have to agree: Windswept cliffs and towering redwoods hover above the mighty Pacific Ocean.
Last winter’s heavy rains may have been a boon for the drought, but the downpour also wreaked havoc across the state, including the collapse of Big Sur’s Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along Highway 1. After an eight-month closure for repairs, the iconic thoroughfare reopened in October, at the same time VENTANA BIG SUR debuted its multimillion-dollar makeover.
Ventana Big Sur celebrated its grand reopening and re-imagination after being closed as a result of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure. This Alila Resort property—including 12,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space—is more luxurious than ever.
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Why we’re excited: After a rocky start to 2017, the otherworldly stretch of land on California’s central coast and one of its most iconic hotels are back in action. A revamp by Alila Hotels and Resorts includes a glamping program with fifteen safari-style canvas tents, Japanese hot baths, and the addition of private balconies or patios to guest rooms.
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The Ventana Big Sur in California has reopened along the Pacific coastline as the maiden North American property from Alila Hotels and Resorts, part of Two Roads Hospitality. Following its closure in February 2017 in response to heavy rainfall and mudslides, the resort has returned with updates to each of its 59 guestrooms and suites along with new amenities following a refresh from San Francisco-based BraytonHughes Design Studios.
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Perched in the hills overlooking the Central California coastline, this 59-room resort was scheduled to reopen on Oct. 20 following a multimillion-dollar renovation - and after a new bridge restored roadway access following mudslides earlier this year through Big Sur.
Earlier this year, a series of landslides in Big Sur forced the closure of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and made that famously scenic section of California’s Central Coast nearly inaccessible. But John Pritzker, founding partner and director of Geolo Capital and cochairman of the board of Two Roads Hospitality, didn’t despair—despite having good reason to.
After a series of landslides and storms, Big Sur found itself blocked off from the rest of the world. And those who call it home suddenly had one of California's most scenic destinations all to themselves.
Where there blessings - disguised or otherwise - following the wrath that nature unleashed on Big Bur last Winter? Could someone really find silver linings in those dark clouds that dumped torents of rain and misery on a close-knit community?
Big Sur’s majestic coastline, with its con- fluence of sea, sky and mountainous redwood forest, has long lured the curious and creative, beckoning travelers from around the world. But that all came to a standstill last winter when mudslides transformed the rugged paradise into an inaccessible island of sorts.
And the beloved Ventana Big Sur reopened last month as America's first reosrt by Alila, the high-end brand known for its dreamy retreats in Bali.
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