Four Seasons Santa Barbara By Suzanne Aaronson

Suzanne Aaronson, founder of, reviews the Four Seasons Santa Barbara in California….

Four Seasons Santa Barbara

How often do you find a stunning architectural structure, facing the ocean, with a jaw-dropping 50 meter pool/restaurant club, an intimate spa, pretty tennis courts, good food, top service, 5 minute walk to a cute village and biking/boating/vineyards at your doorstep? Tough one! This Santa Barbara institution, located directly in front of a pretty beach cove in Montecito, is one of the best Four Seasons in the US, from the grounds (20 acres of established manicured gardens) to the fabulous views and the special Spanish colonial architecture. They really don’t miss a beat — there is something for everyone of all ages and tastes here. Play it quiet or with family, friends and kids. I’ll return year after year — one of my worldwide favorite resorts.” – Suzanne.

Need To Know

Great For:
A family vacation, as a couple or solo for local sporty activity and calm. Request a bungalow room if solo or with your doggy; an adjoining bungalow with the kids is also a lovely option — step outside to the garden.

Go With:
The kids. The resort is particularly welcoming to families with children as it has a children’s pool, various kid-friendly activities, Kids For All Seasons programmes and babysitting. Make sure to check out the crooked-neck giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo. If you go solo or with a lover, there are perfectly fabulous options.

Santa Barbara

Memorable Moment:
The unbelieveable lap pool on top of the ocean at Tydes before a day of local wineries in the nearby Santa Ynez valley while the kids were entertained and well looked after by the Four Seasons staff.

Best Time To Go:
Gorgeous year round — except that June can be gloomy and grey here.

Be Aware:

Sunday brunch is highly popular, so reservations are strongly recommended!

From $425 per night.