Our travel spotlight shines on a luxury resort that has been offering guests a 5-star experience in Santa Barbara since 1927. The Four Seasons Resort, also referred to as The Biltmore Santa Barbara, is a breathtaking property with 207 hotel accommodations and fabulous Spanish Colonial architecture nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. A perfect oasis to be enjoyed by all who visit.
The Biltmore Santa Barbara was purchased by the Four Seasons group in 1987 and underwent a $305 million dollar renovation, restoring the original art-deco lighting and materials of the 1920’s and 1930’s that make this property so unique.
The dining options at the resort provide a range of atmosphere and fare that make eating every meal on site a very enjoyable option. Bella Vista, pictured above, offers authentic Italian food with a side of ocean views. The charcuterie board features meats that are cured in house, a rare experience in any restaurant. Tydes, pictured below, overlooks Butterfly Beach so diners can enjoy panoramic views while eating the high end Mediterranean fare of Chef Marco Fossati.
The Coral Reef bar at Tydes restaurant is a perfect place to enjoy a drink before or after a wonderful meal. The bar features a 275-gallon saltwater aquarium with 450 species of life including live coral, fish and crustaceans. For daily casual meals, the property also features a poolside cafe and a juice and smoothie bar.
Activities like biking, playing tennis, golfing, and surfing can fill your days with adventure while enjoying Butterfly Beach, the resort pool or a day at the resort spa, can fill your day with rest and relaxation. Over-the-top experiences like playing volleyball with Olympic champion, Todd Rogers, or surfing alongside World Surfing champion, Tom Curren, can also be enjoyed at the resort.
The resort’s intimate swimming pool, located among the palm trees, even features underwater music.
The grounds of this resort make it truly unique. It is 22 acres of lush jungle and tranquil gardens, making the bungalow accommodations feel private and serene. The groundskeeper, Zeke, offers guided tours introducing guests to 48 of the Resort’s rarest specimens, including Santa Barbara’s second largest tree, a Moreton Bay Fig dating back to the 1800s, and 75 different species of palm trees.
The beautiful grounds of the resort make it a picture-perfect place to host a wedding or event. This photo of Susan’s son and daughter-in-law was taken at a wedding at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. The ocean provides the most amazing backdrop for any event.
Of course we can’t help but mention our jewelry can be found at the resort shop. The items below are some beautiful example of the pieces they choose to carry at the Four Seasons.
So what about Santa Barbara beyond the resort? If you must wander, we highly recommend utilizing the Four Seasons bike rentals- or even walking- to the nearby town of Montecito for some local boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Go a bit further and you will find downtown Santa Barbara, a charming area as well. Their main road, State Street, hosts designers stores like Louis Vuitton mixed in with electic local boutiques to create a charming and fun atmosphere for visitors. You can also find many wine tasting rooms in the area. The Urban Wine Trail is a group of wineries all within blocks of downtown, pouring wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards.
So if you find yourself in Santa Barbara, consider staying or at least visiting the fabulous Four Seasons Santa Barbara Resort. You won’t regret it!
Susan Shaw Jewelry