Lonely Planet Writer

Inside the luxurious new glamping site in Big Sur, California

A brand new glamping site in Big Sur, California will bring camping to a new level of luxury. The new Redwood Canyon Glampsites are part of Ventana Big Sur, an Alila resort situated in the heart of the Central Coast’s rugged landscape. The resort will re-open on October 20 following a multi-million dollar upgrade, and the glampsite is now available for bookings.

There’s a luxurious new glamping site in Big Sur, California. Image: Ventana Big Sur

Originally called the Ventana Inn & Spa, the resort was conceived in 1975 and operated by Los Angeles producer, Larry Spector, in its early years. Notable people who stayed there include Hollywood stars Steve McQueen, Ali McGraw, Joel Schumacher, Robert DeNiro, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey. Having been closed for extensive refurbishment, the new-look resort will feature 59 refreshed guestrooms, suites and villas under its new ownership.

There’s a luxurious new glamping site in Big Sur, California. Image: Ventana Big Sur

If you choose to glamp, you will sleep on a custom-designed mattress and luxury bed linen in one of 15 safari-style canvas tents nestled in an eight-hectare redwood forest. As you take in the views of a 20-acre canyon, you can light up the fire pit and enjoy connecting with the outdoors. There’s a daily housekeeping service, hot and cold running water, access to ice chests and custom-curated picnic baskets, handheld lanterns, reading lights and hickory walking sticks.

There’s a luxurious new glamping site in Big Sur, California. Image: Ventana Big Sur

There’s also a glamping bath house, which offers teak-enclosed showers, heated floors and marble vanities. Glampers will enjoy a nightly turndown service featuring hot cocoa and tea, along with a s’mores kit, stainless-steel Thermos and hot-water bottles to warm the bedsheets. For an additional resort fee, glamping guests will have access to to the resort’s Spa Alila, Social House, hotel pools and the fitness centre.

There’s a luxurious new glamping site in Big Sur, California. Image: Ventana Big Sur

The new Glass House Gallery will feature local artists and a programme of mindful activities, including candle-making, beekeeping and drum circles, will take place throughout the resort. Guests can also unwind by playing vintage records or board games at the Social House, while enjoying nightly wine tastings and cheese pairings.

For further information on Redwood Canyon Glampsites, see here.