Located in Santa Barbara’s picturesque Montecito community, Miramar means ‘to behold the sea,’ and is named for its beautiful location on one of California’s most pristine beaches.
Rosewood Miramar Beach is owned and developed by Caruso, the real estate company behind some of California’s most beautiful shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations.
The same strip of beach is the former site of another resort, Miramar by the Sea, which was operational from the late 19th century until 2000.
“Rosewood Miramar Beach is the culmination of years of hard work and dedicated service to the Montecito community. What makes Miramar Beach so special, beyond the incomparable setting, is its history as a beloved icon of hospitality – it’s simply embedded in the land,” said Rick Caruso, owner of Rosewood Miramar Beach, and founder and chief executive officer of Caruso. “We’re honored to now usher in a new era of hospitality and welcome locals and travelers back to this cherished retreat.”
The 161-room resort remains true to Rosewood’s signature residential-style, providing guests with a unique experience that feels like being hosted in a private home.
“Rosewood Miramar Beach is the pinnacle of design, setting, and service,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “It is a true jewel not only in the rich hospitality landscape of Montecito and Santa Barbara, but across the globe. Guests will delight in the relaxed atmosphere of coastal California while enjoying Rosewood’s intuitive service and our modern, ultra-luxury approach to the resort experience.”
At the heart of the property is a magnificent Manor House. The centerpiece of this is a luxuriantly-curved staircase, which pays homage to an original design by esteemed Southern Californian architect Paul Williams, who designed homes for Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Barbara Stanwyck. The Manor House houses three signature suites: The Founder’s Residence, The Miramar Suite, and The Ambassador Suite. Each provides the utmost in luxury, space, and style.
Bungalows and Lanai House guestrooms are spread over 16 acres of lush landscape. Each of these is spacious and full of light, and offers awe-inspiring views of the garden, ocean, or mountainside. Rosewood Miramar Beach also boasts 26 oceanfront Beach House suites, studios, and guestrooms, which feature private terraces directly over the sand. Guests in these Beach Houses enjoy several exclusive services, including access to a complimentary evening cocktail trolley, monogrammed pillowcases and robes, and personalized amenities.
There are two pools on the property, and resort activities include open-air bocce and shuffleboard, and evenings around a firepit.
Rosewood Miramar Beach features seven restaurants and bars, including Caruso’s, an oceanfront restaurant featuring al fresco seating over the sand. Another of these dining options is Malibu Farm at Miramar, the first California resort location of the laid-back farm-to-table eatery.
At Sense, A Rosewood Spa, guests enjoy unique treatments and rituals inspired by local healing traditions and plants native to the surrounding area. The nearly 8,000 square-foot spa features men’s and women’s relaxation rooms, men’s and women’s steam rooms and saunas, a common relaxation area for couples, a hair salon and nail salon, and fitness and yoga studios. There are six treatment rooms, one couples suite, and one private social suite for 8-10 guests. Select Sense services, including foot reflexology, are available poolside.
Standout treatments include the following:
The Montecito Sage Purification is a 90-minute experience that begins with a wellness tea “to aid in the calming experience from the throat to stomach chakras.” After that, “Earthly salt minerals are combined with indigenous sage, pine and juniper in a rejuvenating body scrub and a warm cocooning wrap. Following is a full-body massage with balancing organic Sage oil and warm healing stones to leave muscles renewed and spirit connected to the earth.”
Another highlight is the Alkaline State, a 150-minute treatment that begins with a foot bath ritual using magnesium-rich salts. “You’ll then become enveloped in an Alkaline Marine Cocoon and conclude with the Alkalizing Clarity Facial to detoxify the body from head to toe. To conclude enjoy an alkaline infused beverage to round out the experience while your expert therapist will test your pH levels and make recommendations based on the results.”
And the Lights of the Season is a 120-minute “holistic care ritual that begins with a purifying fig, bergamot and rose full-body exfoliation rinsed with hot towels, then a short reassuring head, face, hand and foot massage, followed by cold perfumed towels application and invigorating leg massage. Finally, a stimulating stomach, upper-chest, back and arm massage will leave you feeling invigorated with fresh citrus and musk scented body cream or the broom flower and honey scented dry oil.”
Sense is a tranquil oasis welcoming both overnight guests and members of the local Montecito community.
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