Santa Barbara resorts are legendary for their unsurpassed beauty and first-class accommodations. Discover why Santa Barbara County has become a favorite destination for travelers seeking nothing less than perfection.
A "resort" is a hotel property that attempts to be a one-stop shop for all your vacation needs. Special amenities often include fitness and spa facilities, golf courses, horse stables, restaurants and showrooms.
Two of the most luxurious Santa Barbara resorts are located in the affluent community of Montecito: San Ysidro Ranch and The Four Seasons Resort-The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Both are owned by Ty Warner, creator of Beanie Babies, who has recently invested millions of dollars in renovating these properties.
San Ysidro Ranch consistently ranks as one of the Top Resorts In The World. The Ranch began as a way station for Franciscan monks in the late 1700s. During most of the 1800s, San Ysidro Ranch was a citrus ranch. The Stonehouse Restaurant and Lounge is located in the old packing house, built in 1889. San Ysidro Ranch became a guest resort in 1893.
This luxurious bungalow-style retreat features 41 very private cottages. Hollywood celebrities discovered the Ranch in the 1930s. Famous guests include Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, and Audrey Hepburn. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married here. And in 1953, John & Jackie Kennedy honeymooned at this Santa Barbara resort.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara opened in 1927 as part of the famous Biltmore Hotels chain. This 207-room oceanfront property became a Four Seasons Resort in 1987, though remains locally known as the Biltmore.
The privileges of staying at the Biltmore include access to the exclusive Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. The Coral Casino is an elite social club, not a gambling house. The clubhouse combines dining, fitness, and beachfront relaxation in first-class style. Stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore and you'll feel like a million bucks!
The Bacara Resort & Spa is another exclusive oceanfront resort in Santa Barbara County. This property is located on a secluded beach about 15 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara.
Bacara accommodations include several large suites and a two-story villa with an ocean view. Be sure to ask for a renovated room when you make your reservations. The newer rooms have better soundproofing, flat-screen TVs and wifi access.
This Santa Barbara resort also includes: three restaurants, four bars, a full-service spa, a professional tennis center, two18-hole golf courses, swimming pools, a conference center, and a screening room. Who could ask for anything more?
In 1986, Fess Parker built his first resort hotel on 23.5 acres facing one of Santa Barbara's favorite beaches. Once the site of Southern Pacific Railroad's locomotive roundhouses, the design of Doubletree's distinctive Plaza Del Sol patio reflects the history of this site.
Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort & Hotel is pet friendly, has multiple on-site restaurants, a spa, a salon, and a tennis & fitness center. Ocean view rooms are within walking distance of Santa Barbara wine tasting, shopping and Santa Barbara night life. Check the availability and room rates at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort.
Yes! There IS gambling in Santa Barbara County!
Chumash Casino Resort is the only gambling casino in Santa Barbara County. Like most casinos, this 4-diamond resort features several restaurants, a full service spa, and an intimate showroom. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara's Wine Country, you'll have plenty to see and do when staying at this Santa Barbara resort.
© El Capitan Canyon
El Capitan Canyon qualifies as a resort by virtue of its on-site activities, spa and market/restaurant. Live music is performed outdoors on Saturday nights during the summer, too. This is rustic luxury at its best and is the perfect way to commune with nature without sleeping on the ground.
El Capitan Canyon accommodations consist of fully furnished cedar cabins and safari tents with all the comforts of home. Down comforters and hot showers included. Group facilities and El Capitan Canyon's proximity to Ocean Mesa campground, make this Santa Barbara resort a perfect place for a family reunion or corporate event.
Circle Bar B Guest Ranch & Stables began as a 60-acre children's camp in 1939. By 1941, the property had become a guest ranch. In 2003, the owners added a new lodge with a full bar, game room, dinner theater and meeting facilities This family owned and operated ranch is surrounded by 1100 acres of southern California beauty.
Circle Bar B accommodations range from Private Rooms & Cabins to Hilltop Homesteads. The overnight rate includes 3 meals a day. Horseback riding is available to guests of all skill levels. The melodrama dinner theater is now in its 40th season and shows run from April 1 through October 31.
© Alisal Guest Ranch
Alisal Guest Ranch and Golf Resort is a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. This Santa Barbara resort has been a favorite celebrity hideaway since 1946. Clark Gable married Lady Silvia in Alisal's old library. Doris Day stayed here frequently. The Alisal is one place where you can truly escape the crowds. Its western-flavored hospitality draws visitors from all over the world.
Guest amenities include two 72-par championship golf courses, a top-notch equestrian program with a string of 100-quarter horses, and a 100-acre spring-fed private lake. There is also a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center here, and many organized outdoor activities to enjoy. Breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate.
In my search for Santa Barbara resorts, I discovered several yoga retreats tucked away in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Though not opulent, these retreats provide basic comforts, delicious vegetarian cuisine, camaraderie, and a tranquil place to unwind.
The White Lotus Yoga Foundation was established in Los Angeles in 1967. Its founders are still among the leading yoga instructors of our time. Judging by this testimonial video, it looks like a great place to relax and learn yoga.
As you can see, Santa Barbara resorts can provide anything from 5-star luxury to rustic outdoor meditation. No matter what kind of getaway you're planning, you'll find the perfect resort somewhere in Santa Barbara County.
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