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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 …

Komeneka at Tanggayuda

The Komenka at Tanggayuda is a great place. It isn't the fanciest hotel in Bali (that would probably be one of the Amans) but it's pretty damn nice and it may be the best value. I'd call it midrange luxury - with some amenities but not all. However, it's a remarkably well designed property and the service is superb. I had booked into a pool villa room and while it wasn't as spacious at the Royal Pita Maha, it was incredibly well designed with a desk behind the bed and a sitting area at the foot of the bed.

The pool was for plunging rather than swimming but, as you can see,  it had a lovely pavilion beside it  with views across a small gorge, unfortunately here's where things started to go wrong...Someone was wheedling a loud chain saw through the adjacent hillside. Each time it stilled we drew breathe and thought, it's finally stopped, only for it to start back up a few minutes later. All of a sudden it was much harder to appreciate the aesthetic details.
Despite the flower heart on the bed I wasn't feeling the love! At dinner I asked if they had any idea when the noise would stop? At breakfast they got back to us, explained it was on a piece of land across from the hotel and that they had no idea and no control over when it would start up again. 
I appreciated their honesty and that they got back to me, even if it was bad news. But they didn't stop there and before I knew it (and without any further complaint) we were touring the best suite they had available. We were welcome to stay here but the noise was persistent and  I while the suite was attractive it felt rather cold. I preferred the smaller room which had an organic modern feel that combined wood and stone effectively.
Here are some pictures of the suite, below. As you can see the pool is larger but it has less charm and a less Balinese aesthetic. The bathroom is very enormous but it doesn't have the lovely stone bathtub.
The bedroom is far larger but it felt rather soulless to me. Overall it's a cleaners, simpler modern design without the decorative organic elements that I loved in the other room. We said that we appreciated the offer of the suite but that we preferred the smaller room
Unsolicited, they offered to see if there was a pool room available in their Bisma property. I was bowled over by the effort they made, and their sincere desire to see  that we were happy. More on Bisma to follow....
Here are some pictures of the public spaces in the hotel.

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