|Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara|
|Stairway to a romantic suite|
Normally I like to get off the hotel property and explore, but the Four Seasons Biltmore gives you plenty of reasons to stay. The property is huge, with winding paths with overgrown tropical foliage that provide enough privacy to make sure you forget where you are for a moment or two. There is a fitness center, pool, Spa, a bar, restaurant, tennis courts, golf, and plenty of quiet courtyards, which could only have been more enchanting had there been a guitar plucking swashbuckler sitting in a corner, composing musical poetry. Scrolling iron balconies and splashes of color from the abundant flowers added to the romantic appeal of the hotel, and for one of the very first times in my life, I felt my camera could not capture what I saw.
Across the street, guests are invited to visit the private Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club with a pool overlooking the Channel Islands and Butterfly Beach. There is also a restaurant upstairs...a nice place to watch the sunset. If you prefer to put your sand in the toes, public access to the beach is just across from the hotel and is a peaceful place for a morning walk.
|Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club|
The small village of Montecito is just a mile a way and there you'll find shops, some good restaurants and bars, and plenty of real estate offices whose inventory boggles the mind. The Four Seasons Biltmore is pricey. Room rates start at $350 and soar from there. Count on expensive menu items, and drinks too, and my pet peeve in hotels these days---a charge for internet access (archaic). But for a special occasion or celebration, or if you just need to take a break from your superhero life for a while, nothing beats a siesta at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara. The invisible yet omnipresent staff will take good care of your cape.
Just don't be surprised if you see a black mask on the table beside you, and find a "Z" carved into your beach towel.
|Palm trees and balconies|
|Butterfly Beach across from the hotel|