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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Four Seasons Troon North - A Scottsdale Hotel Review

Before we started pulling our house apart we went to Scottsdale for a few days of summer sun. When I say sun I mean real heat,  up to110 degrees on several days.

Yes it was hot, but it was sunny and dry and I had nothing better to do than lie by the pool and read my backlog of New Yorkers! The Four Seasons was fun. Newly refurbished it was stylish and eclectic with an expensive,  contemporary looking, colorful, modern vibe. It's a fresh modern look without being a  cold,  W hotel clone and I was happy to see it. They still have to finish one of the restaurants which remains a heavier rather dated Southwestern style.

 I can highly recommend a couple of days around this pool, the frozen cucumber lemonade was fantastic!

The rooms are large and are identical , the only difference is their aspect, so think carefully, how much do you want to pay for that view?

Both the Boulders and the Four Seasons are beautifully landscaped with amazing desert plants and for me this is one of their strengths. This is so much nicer than some of the other resorts in the area which seem to be trying to recreate Hawaii in Arizona, which just doesn't seem like a good idea!

The hotel is built around three pools which are right next to each other, including an adult, family and toddler pool. However, though it's beautifully landscaped throughout  this is not expansive property with lots of alternative places to go 

The service was very good and we were impressed by the staff. This is certainly the higher end of the service you would expect in the US, though it doesn't compare with a Asian resort.

More pictures to come...