Get ready for an exquisite vacation that’s a world away from the ordinary right here in SoCal! Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara welcomes families to an elevated experience thanks to attention to detail, thoughtful amenities and a first class, friendly and accommodating staff. A stay at this extraordinary resort, which is just steps away from one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, is something every clan should indulge in. Read on for 11 among countless reasons you must book a stay at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

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A Gorgeous Setting That's Idyllic During All Four Seasons

Thanks to southern California's ideal weather and year-round beach vibe, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is truly a destination you can visit any day of the year, throughout all four seasons. This Spanish colonial hideaway is nestled within 22-acres of lush jungle and boasts serene gardens and the largest planting of Kentia palm trees outside of Australia. The relaxed setting has a tropical feel akin to Hawaii––but you needn't fly anywhere when this phenomenal resort is so close to home.

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Oceanfront Swimming at Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club

Guests of the Resort's Jungle Rooms and higher categories have access to the glamorous and wow-worthy Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club. Here you can dive in to one of the world's largest swimming pools, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. There's also a smaller pool for young kids and a large whirpool you can relax in while soaking up ocean views. Private Cabanas are also available that come complete with staff to attend to you.

Seamlessly enjoy both the pool and the beach via the Club's private, gated stairway to Butterfly Beach. Plan on heading up to the sundeck to watch the sun set over the ocean each evening.

Get your workout in at the fitness centre that offers an array of equipment and fitness classes as well as spa areas with stone-clad steam rooms and red-cedar saunas.

Dining options at the Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club include poolside dining at Coral Café and Bar and fresh-pressed organic juices and smoothies from Fins during the day. For dinner, head to Tydes to dine on local seafood and seasonal dishes with Mediterranean flair.

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Direct Access to Butterfly Beach

As mentioned above, it's a truly priceless experience to be just footsteps away from the pristine Butterfly Beach during your stay. Surf, swim, watch the sunset and stroll the beach at your leisure. There's no need to pile in the car or navigate to find the best stretch of sand, because it's right there at your feet.

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Welcoming Amenities Especially for Kids

Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara welcomes kids upon arrival by letting them choose from an adorable selection of Beanie Babies. Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies owns the Resort, and this thoughtful touch makes kids feel comfortable and special right from the start. Kids will also love the "Fun in the Sun" toiletry kit waiting especially for them in their room. Made exclusively for the Resort, the kit contains dreamy-scented, soothing and natural bubble bath, conditioner and body wash.

You can also take advantage of the complimentary Kids for All Seasons program. Available for kids ages 5-12, the professionally run program keeps kiddos entertained and happy while you're on a date, at the Spa or enjoying some me-time. Hours: during the festive season, 7 days a week 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Off-season, Sat. only, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., peak season, 7 days a week, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Luxurious & Comfortable Rooms

The guest rooms are impeccable, equal parts luxurious and cozy, and decorated with a combination of modern elegance and Spanish colonial style. We loved the spacious Jungle Room that includes a furnished outdoor terrace in a garden setting with soothing fountains. Some Jungle Rooms come with additional connecting rooms to accommodate families who need more space. Suites, bungalows and villas are also available, depending on the size of room you need and your budget.

 

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Bike Rentals on Property

For a nominal fee, you can rent bikes from the Spa right on property and take one (or more) of several scenic and memorable bike paths from the Resort. We recommend the 3 mile coastal bike path that runs from the Resort to the harbor and downtown's State Street. They offer an array of bikes and beach cruisers to suit your whole family, from kid-sized to adult-sized, and they include helmets, bottled water, bike locks and bike maps.

Also good to know: the Resort offers complimentary, continuous shuttle service on Fridays (4-9 p.m.) and Saturdays (1-9 p.m.) to and from downtown Santa Barbara, with drop off and pick up service from any location within a five-mile radius of the Resort. Go enjoy shopping on nearby State Street without having to worry about parking. 

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Delicious Dining with Ocean Views

Dine on local and fresh, organic, Italian-inspired California-coastal cuisine and soak in opulent ocean and island views at the Resort's Bella Vista restaurant, where kids ages 5 and younger eat free. You may get extra lucky and spy seals or dolphins splashing about in the distance as you enjoy your meal.

Whether you're in the mood for the Santa Barbara Harbour Seafood Platter, the fresh house-made pasta dishes or the Portobello Piccata, there's a dish to delight everyone and to accommodate any dietary needs on Bella Vista's menu.

Young diners will surely find their perfect meal on the extensive kids' menu (for ages 5-12) which includes items ranging from waffles, pancakes and breakfast burritos to start the day to all day offerings like a kid-spin on a steak salad, fried chicken sandwich, veggie burger or skinless salmon. Eye-popping dessert options for kids include a decorate your own cupcake platter with assorted toppings and an ooey-gooey brownie sundae

We appreciated all of the delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options that were available on both the kids' menu and regular menus.

Bella Vista is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 

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Food Prepared Especially for Kids & A Heavenly Buffet

Treat the fam to the Biltmore Champagne Sunday Brunch and you'll all think you're in heaven. This buffet-style brunch includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys as well as endless decadent dessert works of art and savory options at sushi stations, omelette and soup bars and so much more. At $85/person, it's worth every penny. There's even a table dedicated to kid diners that's full of fare like chicken tenders, fruit skewers, PB&J sandwiches, grilled cheese and Jello.

Don't miss the Little Chef Experience! Offered daily, kids ages 5-12 can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Resort Kitchen, enjoy a meet-and-greet with the chefs, cupcake decorating, and they'll get a chef hat and apron! $40/per child––perfect for young foodies.

photo: Beth Shea

Pickleball & Tennis Courts

Get sporty with your crew and reserve a complimentary pickleball or tennis court via the Resort's concierge. If your kiddo's can't quite swing it for tennis yet, pickleball is a super fun option on a smaller court with larger paddles that make it easier to get the ball over the net. 

Additional Resort activities to keep you all entertained include croquet and a putting green.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
805-969-2261
Online: fourseasons.com/santabarbara

Nearby Spots to Visit During Your Stay

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MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation is a unique and wonderful wonderland of learning that combines science and creativity in unprecedented activities that will make a memorable impact on kids. The MOXI's interactive "powerfully playful" exhibits constantly engage kids in experiencing the environment. From creating a wind-, sun- and human-powered symphony with the Weather Orchestra on the rooftop Sky Garden while taking in amazing views of Santa Barbara, to creating giant digital mosaics using personal photographs, building your own race car and sending it speeding down a track, strumming a gigantic guitar to learn more about music and countless additional activities that encourage curiosity––from the moment kids step into The MOXI until long after they leave, young minds will be inspired this visit.

125 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-770-5000
Online: moxi.org

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Consider The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's temporary exhibit, Garden Casitas: Playhouses Designed with Nature in Mind (running now through Feb. 29, 2020) a must-see! Kids will love exploring six playhouses created by local designers that are constructed using plant-based materials. Shown above is the Big-eared Woodrat House. Each house has an informational plaque by it with fun facts such as: "big-eared woodrats (Neotoma macrotis) are nocturnal and forage for leaves, plants, and seeds during the night. If they come across anything shiny or cool-looking, they will carry it back to their nests for display." Kids will delight in all of the playhouses they can climb through and explore. It's an unbeatable way to spend an afternoon.

Even if you don't make it in time to catch this exhibit, a visit to this Botanic Garden is a peaceful family outing that's not to be missed. Here you can roam through towering Redwoods, follow the Canyon Trail across Mission Creek, enjoy an array of family-friendly programming and so much more!

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara CA 93105
805-682-4726
Online: sbbg.org

––Beth Shea

This trip was partially paid for by Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and Visit Santa Barbara, but all opinions here belong to the writer.

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