Rosewood Miramar Beach
What it is
An ultra-glam 161-room retreat on Miramar Beach with two cinematic pools and topnotch service (expect beach butlers).
What it isn't
Boring. On-site activities would appeal to both Indiana Jones (surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboard) and June Cleaver (shuffleboard, bocce ball).
What we think
Montecito is a California paradise, tucked in its own lush world some 80 miles apart from the frenetic L.A. streets. And it’s at its charming best here at Rosewood Miramar Beach, where guests are pampered like Hollywood kingpins at every turn. Rooms are ginormous (starting at 530-square-feet) and stocked with curated mini bars, private terraces and soaking tubs in the classically-lined bathrooms; book a bungalow suite for a gas fireplace and extra powder room. The resort’s Sense spa uses the ancient remedies of the indigenous people who once populated Montecito: chamomile flowers to lower inflammation, wind ginger to banish anxiety, sage to soothe. Though the fitness studio is as luxe as they come, with floor to ceiling windows looking out on the verdant landscape beyond, you may enjoy their guided hikes in the San Ysidro Mountains and swimming in the zero-edge, adults-only pool even more.
You're here because
When you unplug, you want to unplug...and that means not fretting about where you’re going for every meal. The resort has seven (seven!) on-site eateries, each so well-run and delectibly designed you’ll spot well-heeled Montecito locals dining at every other table. Don’t miss the pan roasted duck with pickled Rainier cherries at Caruso’s, where channeled leather banquettes peep out on the frothy Pacific Ocean.
You’ve taken self-care to a whole new level by sequestering yourself under a cabana flanked by magnolia and olive trees at the Manor Pool, with a beach read. In the heat of the afternoon, you volun-force your child to head to the adjacent Scoop Shop to pick up a few Rori’s locally-made ice cream options for the family...and they’re delighted to comply.
Restaurants & Bars
CARUSO'S - Coastal cuisine focused on local produce and ingredients with Italian influence
MALIBU FARM AT MIRAMAR - Farm-to-table
MIRAMAR BEACH BAR - classic cocktails and appetizers, light entrees, California oysters and Crudo and ahi poke bowls.
THE MANOR BAR - handcrafted cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and wine
SCOOP SHOP - gourmet burgers and ice cream in a playful setting
CABANA BAR - cocktails and light fare poolside
On Montecito’s immaculate Miramar Beach, a three mile drive from both the Santa Barbara Zoo and Lotusland, the famed 37-acre botanical garden on the former estate of opera singer Madame Ganna Walska.