Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Situated on the beautiful American Riviera this historic property, boasting Spanish colonial architecture and 22-acres of tropical gardens, was once the preserve of movie stars from LA.
Thankfully this wonderfully preserved and elegant 1927 beachfront retreat can now be enjoyed by guests from around the world looking for year-round sunshine. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains it is the perfect spot to indulge in activities ranging from tennis, golf and water sports to visiting the many stunning local wineries. With fantastic restaurants, a private beach and exceptional Four Seasons service we think this hotel, like Santa Barbara itself, epitomizes the casual sophistication of California.
Facilities & Activities
This is real ‘get out in the sunshine’ country and both the resort and the activities on offer in the local area offer plenty of opportunities to do just this.
Complimentary activities available at the hotel include tennis – there are 3 floodlit courts with ball machines – croquet, cycling, jogging tours, movies and a putting green. Horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing and paddle boarding can also be arranged for a fee.
The resort’s heated outdoor pool is located in a secluded garden setting, surrounded by palms and tree ferns and features wonderful underwater music. There are 2 separate whirlpools.
At the resort’s Spa, designed by noted architect Peter Marino, guests can enjoy treatments in 11 personalised rooms. There is also a hair salon for hairstyling, nail care and cosmetics.
For a daily fee, guests in Superior and Deluxe Rooms can enjoy access to the historic and exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club located adjacent to the resort. It has a pool and fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool deck, with a full range of cardio and fitness equipment. Yoga, aqua aerobics, meditation and swimming classes are on offer here.
Within the club and ideal for couples or families, Cabana 24 is available for full-day rental and offers everything you need for the ultimate day at the beach: 2 chaises longues, a table with seating for 4, a 42-inch plasma-screen television with DVD player and private dressing rooms. A retractable striped awning offers additional shade and the teak wood deck and furnishings, retro detailing and thoughtful appointments evoke the glamour of the Club’s 1930s origins.
Butterfly Beach, directly across the street from the resort is one of the best vantage points in Santa Barbara to watch glorious sunsets over the ocean and perhaps spot a few celebrities too!
Outside the resort are 4 excellent golf courses to choose from including the Sandpiper Golf Course, rated in the top 25 in America.
Culture vultures are well served with the Santa Barbara Bowl, a great outdoor amphitheatre, and Granada Theatre nearby.
Lastly try a tour of one of the many local wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley – the temperature is usually 10 degrees warmer here so a great trip when the weather is cooler on the coast.
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As you would expect with a Four Seasons resort the dining options here are varied, of an excellent standard and boast superior service.
At the Bella Vista restaurant guests can choose from imaginative and seasonal organic, Italian-inspired cuisine for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
The hip art deco Tydes restaurant is open to all guests for dinner and offers modern seafood Mediterranean coastal cuisine in either an indoor or outdoor oceanfront setting. We think you’ll love the speciality cocktails at the sunset happy hour.
An all-day grilled American inspired menu offers plenty of seafood options at the Coral Casino Café and Bar with panoramic ocean views.
Guests can also enjoy the luxury of complimentary coffee and tea each morning in the hotel lobby
The hotel offers a plethora of different room types. There are 207 guest rooms in total including rooms, suites and 12 secluded bungalows and villas. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a terrace, plasma TV with Spanish tiled bathroom featuring a rain shower and deep soaking tub. Exceptionally comfortable Four Seasons beds also come as standard.
Riviera Rooms are 350 sq ft and offer a king size or 2 double beds with garden or courtyard views. Garden Rooms offer a king size bed, are 350-450 sq ft and overlook the gardens. Please note a daily entrance fee applies to guests in Riviera and Garden Rooms accessing the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.
Jungle Rooms are larger still at 450-550 sq ft with a king size or 2 double beds and garden views. Ocean View Rooms are located in the main hotel building, 550-650 sq ft, they offer a king size bed.
The resort’s Jungle Junior Suites have views overlooking the pool, gardens or courtyard and are 550-650 sq ft with king size beds and pull out sleeper sofa. Garden Suites, with 600 sq ft of space, are located on the 1st and 2nd floor of the main building with garden views. Palm Suites are more spacious at 700 sq ft. with garden or courtyard views.
The Mariposa Suite offers 850 sq ft, a fireplace in the comfortable living room and features a small balcony with garden and partial views of the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Cruz Suite is of a similar size to the Mariposa and offers a fireplace in the living area and 2 balconies with partial views of the ocean.
The San Miguel Suite, on the second level with lovely pool views, offers 1,400 sq ft including a living room with fireplace and entertainment system and master bedroom with four-poster king size bed.
Finally, set amongst 22 acres of lush tropical landscaping, the Resort’s Bungalows capture the essence of the classic California bungalow. These one level, detached Bungalows feature private gated entrances, private patios and covered verandas. Interiors include solid walnut flooring, Persian hand-knotted rugs, custom walnut bed completed with embroidered bed crown, and a selection of antique wood inlay furniture befitting a private estate. Due to the historical nature and unique charm of the Resort, these rooms vary in size and layout.
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The hotel runs a complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme for children aged 5 – 12 years from Monday to Saturday offering activities such as arts and crafts, cookie making, painting and costume making. Horse riding can also be arranged nearby for a fee. Babysitting can also be arranged for a fee through the concierge.
The nearby Santa Barbara Zoo is a popular place for families to visit as is the Ty Warner Sea Centre where youngsters can pet starfish and learn about the wonders of the sea.
Children aged 18 years and under can be accommodated at no extra charge in a crib or rollaway bed in their parents’ room or suite. Some interconnecting rooms are available.
All Four Seasons hotels are committed to building upon the company’s strong history of supporting their communities and the environment.
Through their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program, they seek to preserve and regenerate the beautiful places in which they operate, and leave a positive, enduring impact on their communities.
Their program is centred around two pillars: Planet (environmental impact) and People (social impact). Each pillar is supported by specific activities and objectives, with a close eye to how their efforts will contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The hotel is located 3-miles from downtown Santa Barbara within the well to do neighbourhood of Montecito. Guests can easily walk to Montecito’s shops and cafes or cycle into Santa Barbara itself.
The area’s position between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains affords it a comfortable year-round climate meaning there is no ‘off season’ here with sunshine year round. July to October are, however, still the warmest months.
The hotel is a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles International Airport. Santa Barbara also has a small airport and train line.
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