• Travel: Hit the road
    From miles of coastline to clifftop drives and luxury hotels along the way, SOPHIE DENING picks the best routes for a road trip to remember

    Ventana Inn & Spa

    Big Sur, California

    Rugged, craggy and timeless, this stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway has a spiritual status, its clifftops and clean air attracting self-improvers and hippies since the ’50s. Nature-lovers come for the majestic scenery, soulful hiking and stress-busting hot springs; excellent retreats with good food and wine make it an indulgent experience, too. Stay at the chic, rustic Ventana Inn & Spa, set in 240 acres of meadow and woodland high over the Pacific Ocean.
    Insider tip: Book the Inn’s Cottage House, with views over the forest canyon and a huge deck. From $700; ventanainn.com

    WHAT TO PACK

    SERENE SCENE
    Retreat to a private hot tub in an enclosed garden

    RUSTIC STYLE
    A Pacific House Room with wood burning stove

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    Photograph: Robert Harding

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