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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 …

Alma Sevilla Hotel - Palacio de Villapanes

We started our trip with four nights in Seville. It was a place to recoup from the jetlag and ease our way into our Spanish trip. We were very happy with our hotel pick, the rather grandly named Palacio de Villapanes. Well located out of the main tourist area, the hotel was very attractive, with excellent front office staff who coordinated with  Iberia when our bags were delayed for a couple of day. Yes, this is the unfortunate reason I'm wearing the same outfit in so many of my photos! It was an inconvenience but even this experience wouldn't encourage me to travel with a carry on alone.
The heart of the restored palace with Moorish arches
Lovely modern garden which we enjoyed.

The hotel, with its colonnaded courtyard and outdoor areas, was reminiscent of the inward facing riads in Morocco and Beit Salahiah  which we visited in Aleppo last year. It was emblematic of  much that we would see in  southern Spain with a skilled blending of old and new combined with multiple stylistic influences from both the east and the west. 
Stylish modern rooms.
All of the bathrooms had separate showers and baths.
Highly recommended, the basic rooms have great bathrooms but they are fairly compact. I would suggest one of the larger rooms for the most comfortable stay, we upgraded on arrival.
Trendy modern tile work.