Ventana Inn & Spa Named One of 'World's Best Hotels'

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Travel + Leisure Magazine singles out Big Sur, Calif. resort for excellence on global scale

like a New Age camp for adults: a crunchy collection of cedar lodges on 243 wooded acres that offers nature excursions a clothing optional pool, and, after an $18 million renovation, one of the area's top spas (Allegria).

Ventana Inn & Spa, a rustic, luxury resort located in Big Sur above the Pacific Ocean on California's Central Coast, has been named to the list of 2009 "500 World's Best Hotels" by Travel + Leisure magazine.

The January 2009 issue of Travel + Leisure, now on newsstands, features the seventh annual listing of the highest-rated hotels, resorts, inns and lodges on a global scale. (See this link for a complete listing, http://www.travelandleisure.com/tl500/2009/).

According to the magazine, Ventana Inn & Spa is "like a New Age camp for adults: a crunchy collection of cedar lodges on 243 wooded acres that offers nature excursions a clothing optional pool, and, after an $18 million renovation, one of the area's top spas (Allegria)."

Earlier this year, Condé Nast Traveler magazine named Ventana Inn & Spa to its "2008 Gold List, The Best Places to Stay in the World."

Ventana Inn & Spa, founded in 1975, recently underwent the $18 million property-wide renovation carried out by its new owner, Walton Street Capitol and Joie de Vivre, its hospitality management company. The renovation included the rebuilding of six suites; restructuring of 26 original guest rooms with open floor plans; expanded bathrooms; new furnishings and amenities; and restoration of the pools and famed Japanese Baths

For more information on Ventana Inn & Spa call 831.667.2331 or visit http://www.ventanainn.com.

About Ventana Inn & Spa
Ventana Inn & Spa, a Joie de Vivre-managed hotel, is situated on 243 acres in Big Sur, 30 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea just off Central California's famed Highway One. Sitting 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Ventana is renowned for its tranquil setting, rustic sophistication and romantic allure. The resort features the renowned Allegria Spa and award-winning cuisine, with 50-mile views of the rugged Big Sur Coastline.

Media Contacts:
Kristen Hunter                        
Hunter Public Relations - West                
831-375-1747                        
khunter@hunter-pr.com    
http://www.ventanainn.com

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