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You're Glamping Like You've Never Glamped Before

A Luxurious Big Sur Hideaway Reopens This Fall with Secluded Suites and a Better Way to Sleep Outside

By Sam Eichner ·
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Somewhere, in the middle of a redwood forest perched above the iconic Highway 1, there’s a 160-acre oasis replete with Balinese massages, secluded hot tub suites and squid ink carbonara...

Also: glamping. Glamping the likes of which you’ve never experienced in your long, illustrious career of glamping...

So come, come, leave your miserable Twitter feed behind and cleanse your weary soul at the new-and-improved Ventana Big Sur. The over 40-year-old, 59-room institution is booking now for an October 1st reopening. This is what it looks like.

What happened here was, Alila, that international hotel group of great repute, took a look at this property and decided it needed some sprucing up. Millions of dollars later, the adults-only resort now boasts reimagined rooms hidden away in the redwoods, all of which feature private decks, many of which feature mountain views and some of which feature indoor hot tubs. Win, win and win.

Should you require some social interaction, you can head to the bar and library at the center of the resort. And if it’s sustenance you seek, you can try the Sur House Restaurant. It looms above the Pacific ocean and is all-too-prepared to ply you and yours with things like foraged mushroom-topped gnocchi, smoked pork chops and cookie-crusted profiteroles. So, you know. Be ready for that.

Alila has also revamped the spa here, outfitting it with traditional Balinese massages, detoxifiying coffee scrubs and the requisite astrological consultations, which is not really requisite at all. Then, of course, there’s the glamping...

Yes, it’s kind of an icky term. But when you’re out there in the middle of the redwoods, warming up by the heat of a roaring fire and gazing into a 20-acre canyon, don’t you want a custom-designed glamping mattress to fall asleep on at night and a bathhouse with enclosed showers, heated floors and marble vanities to wash up in come sunrise?

We dare you to say no.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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