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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

  • 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, California, 93108, U.S.A.
  • OPENING DATE:

    December 1927
  • GENERAL MANAGER:

    Karen Earp
Physical Features

Total Number of Rooms: 207

  • Guest Rooms: 167
  • Suites: 40

Number of Stories: 2

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Design Aesthetic:

  • Spanish Colonial adobe building with red roof tiles and graceful archways
  • Brick walkways are lit by romantic gas lanterns set amidst lush tropical gardens
  • Historic and custom handcrafted furnishings, art objects and treasures throughout

Architect:

  • Reginald Johnson
  • Gardner Dailey
  • Peter Marino

Interior Designer(s): Peter Marino (Spa, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club)

History:

  • A favoured retreat of old Hollywood and America's elite since it opened in 1927, managed by Four Seasons since 1987

Location:

  • Situated on Butterfly Beach in Montecito near Santa Barbara
  • Cradled between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains
Spa

Opening Date: October 2002

Size: 10,000 sq ft / 929 sq m

Interior Designer: Peter Marino and Associates

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Design Aesthetic:

  • Spanish Colonial style with fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and French doors overlooking English rose garden and the Pacific
  • Forged wrought iron railings, cut metal chandeliers and handcrafted ceramic tiles
  • Tile-topped coffee tables, lamps and vases by renowned French ceramist Roger Capron

Number of Treatment Rooms: 11

Signature Treatment:

  • Grape De Vine (80 minutes)

Teens/Children: Temptations for Teens menu includes a Little Princess Mini Facial and a Junior VIP Relaxing Massage

Special Features:

  • Relaxation lounge with views of the Pacific
  • Chromatherapy couples' tub and private steam showers
  • Two large whirlpools, one containing mineral water drawn from the Resort's own well
  • Quiet English rose garden with fountain for peaceful meditation

Spa Director: Matt Turner

Dining

Executive Chef: Marco Fossati

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Examples of Locally Sourced Ingredients:

  • Santa Barbara spot prawns
  • Halibut
  • Petrale sole
  • Carpinteria lettuces
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • English peas, fava and romano beans
  • Summer squashes
  • Broccoli di Ciccio
  • Lemon cucumbers
  • California extra virgin olive oil

Restaurant: Bella Vista

  • Cuisine: Farm fresh California-Italian
  • Signature Dish: Spaghetti Neri with frutti di mare, fresh herbs, chili flakes
  • Indoor Seating: 124
  • Outdoor Seating: 92
  • Designer:
    • Thomas Bollay
    • Lenny Yates VanHoy Inc.

Restaurant: Tydes

  • Cuisine: Modern seafood-centric
  • Signature Dish: 10 oz. prime rib eye, broccoli di ciccio, creme fraiche, mustard seed, smoked dates, cashew butter
  • Indoor Seating: 96
  • Outdoor Seating: 62
  • Designer: Peter Marino

Lounge: Ty Lounge

  • Cuisine: Spanish-style tapas
  • Indoor Seating: 110
  • Outdoor Seating: 30
Recreation

Tennis:

  • Number of Tennis Courts: 3
  • Tennis Lessons: For a fee
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Golf:

  • Name of Course: Sandpiper Golf Course
    • Distance from Hotel: 20 minutes
    • Date Open: October 1972
    • Designer: William F. Bell
    • Par: 72
    • Yardage: 7,068
    • Number of Holes: 18
    • Green Fees: $80 – $120 (USD)
    • Additional Services:
      • Pro shop
      • Golf instruction available
      • Driving range
      • Putting green
      • Clubs rental
  • Name of Course: Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
    • Distance from Hotel: 20 minutes
    • Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
    • Par: 71
    • Yardage: 6,939
    • Number of Holes: 18
    • Additional Services:
      • Pro shop
      • Golf instruction available
      • Driving range
      • Putting green

Off-site Activities:

  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing

Pools:

  • Number of Pools: 2
    • Resort Jungle Pool: A hand-tiled heated pool located in a jungle setting, surrounded by Kentia palms and Australian tree ferns, featuring underwater music
    • Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club Pool: Over 50-metres (160-feet) long, year-round heated pool with lap swimming, free-swimming and diving board

Fitness Facilities:

  • Size: 540 sq ft / 50 sq m
  • Special Features:
    • Two fitness centres with floor-to-ceiling ocean views
    • Olympic-size lap pool with diving board
    • Croquet lawn
    • Putting green
  • Sample Fitness Activities:
    • Yoga: Fee applicable
    • Pilates: Fee applicable
    • Aqua aerobics: Fee applicable
    • Masters swim: Fee applicable
    • Bicycling: Fee applicable
    • Tennis: Complimentary
    • Beach walks: Complimentary
    • Aqua aerobics
    • Complimentary bicycles
    • Boogie boarding
    • Self-guided botanical walking tour of gardens
For Younger Guests

Kids for All Seasons: Supervised children's programme in a dedicated facility

Recreation Courtyard at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club

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Meeting Rooms

Total Size: 28,950 sq ft / 2,690 sq m

Largest Ballroom: 4,200 sq ft / 390 sq m

Meet and Feed Capacity: 350

Banquet Capacity: 350

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Outdoor Banquet Capacity: 400

Breakout Spaces: 10

Private Dining Room Capacity: 20

Unique Meeting and Event Facilities: Grand ballroom and terrace sit directly on the beach and offer panoramic views

Corporate Social Responsibility

Achieved rigorous ISO 14001 certification reflecting consistent improvement on eco-friendly standards and has been recognised by the EPA for its accomplishments

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Special Features

Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, dating from 1937, is an exclusive haven for fun and relaxation

Resort photographer/historian Hal Boucher has been documenting life at The Biltmore for over 50 years

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