An enchanted resort with great food, immaculate gardens, a lovely staff and welcoming atmosphere, it’s not a place you’ll soon forget
On our visit, this 22 acre resort owned by Ty Warner delivered the perfect stay. Landscape manager Ezequiel Gil’s immaculate gardens anchored by a massive 19th century Moreton Bay Fig tree are offset by views of neighbouring Butterfly beach. At Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club across the street, normally a members’ only club (guests have access to this property) the quirky aquarium bar at Tydes Restaurant is a showstopper. It is the details though like handcrafted Italian ceramic tables, impeccable service and privacy that makes this one of the great California hotels.
Like much of the area, Spanish colonial style dominates at this resort. Our grand premier room features a private terrace, green and white colour scheme, wooden furniture and a bathroom that while it stays true to the theme offers modern conveniences.
Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini offers Italian-inspired California coastal cuisine at Bella Vista. Breakfast on the patio overlooking the ocean is a must. For dinner carrot Caprese features buffalo mozzarella flown in from Europe, while the pizzas and pasta are a delicious delight. The staff is well versed in the menu details and offer helpful advice and insight.
Fountains and foliage decorate the path toward the spa where we enjoyed an excellent massage. Take time to relax in the second storey spa lounging area with some of the most impressive views on property.
This is a peaceful resort that excels at providing the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara
Read more about the hotels from CSL’s roadtrip to California. The original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine