Some impressive spa resorts slated to
open in 2018 and 2019 have designed
experiences and amenities greater than
the sum of quarterly returns. Following is
just a sampling of the properties planners
can look forward to booking for groups
seeking a full-immersion retreat of the
“present”—and the future—kinds. So
who’s up for some forest bathing?
VENTANA BIG SUR
Big Sur, Calif.
Una ventana al alma…A window into the
soul. There are few places in the world
as cool and enchanting as Big Sur along
California’s coast. In 1975, the iconic film
Easy Rider motored its way into American
pop culture and provided the financing
for the original Ventana Inn that appealed
to the beatniks, hippies and stars like
Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw.
Recently, the property underwent a
multimillion-dollar reimagining and
has rebranded as Ventana Big Sur, an
Alila Resort, and reopened last October.
Despite the redux, Ventana still retains its
’70s charm, cedar wood and moonbeam
history. The highlight of the renovation
isn’t only the rustic luxury, it’s also the innovative, Asian design-inspired Spa Alila.
“Being part of Alila Hotels & Resorts,
Ventana Big Sur is home to the only Spa
Alila in North America, featuring signature treatments such as the Alila Massage
and private activities like movement yoga,
tai chi, qigong or meditation class, or the
astrology readings,” said Kristina Jetton,
general manager of the property.
Outside the spa, you will find 59 newly
refreshed rooms, suites and villas, along
with Redwood Canyon glampsites, as
well as two pools and 12,000 square feet
of indoor and outdoor function space,
including the 7,000-square-foot Ocean
For those meeting professionals old
enough to remember Easy Rider, they can
impress Millennials and Gen X-ers by tak-
ing them to The Social House. There, you
will find a game room, bar and the library
and music room, where you can casually
spin some analog Steppenwolf vinyl-style,
whisper “Born to Be Wild” and just walk
away for a guaranteed coolness factor.
“Our Social House, which is situated at
the heart of the resort, is designed to foster connection and socializing from the
moment of arrival—perfect for groups,”
Meanwhile, Ventana Big Sur has everything else today’s delegate craves at a retro mod wilderness retreat. Consider the
breathtaking vistas along with bonding
diversions like candlemaking, drum cir-
In the past, the main objectives of corporate retreats were to improve management style, motivate employees, brainstorm new initiatives, increase productivity and, as is the case with
incentives, reward star performers. Nowadays, spa
resorts are catering to an ever-present need for
attendees to live in the moment—to feel engaged,
inspired, locally connected, active and ultimately
“well” during retreats and long after.
VENTANA BIG SUR
Spa resorts of the future are
centered on the ‘present’