Fairways and beauty treatments are just the beginning at this refreshing, oak-dappled resort.
This gorgeous, golf- and spa-oriented resort sits just over the hills from Santa Barbara. It welcomes guests with Spanish-style red roofs and a massive health and beauty spa. The latter is a favorite with L.A. residents, although said guests come for more than just the massages. They're also lured by the peaceful surroundings, a relaxing bar and signature pampering. The landmark inn was built in the 1920s, and the resort's post-millennium, $90 million renovation and expansion made sure to stay true to the original design.
Accommodations have been redecorated in Spanish Colonial style, with four-poster beds, carved furnishings, restored hardwood floors and decorative period tiles. Many have fireplaces and private balconies or patios. Dining venues help maintain the resort's stellar reputation. Olivella serves creative Italian cuisine using ingredients from local purveyors, and the Oak offers a more casual experience with garden fresh fare and an al fresco setting beneath a vine-covered pergola. Throughout the grounds there are plenty of attractive spaces for doing absolutely nothing, as well as lots on offer for active guests, including a professionally staffed tennis center, children's playground, sports fields and two heated swimming pools. Note to golfers: George C. Thomas' original course has been reconfigured, reversing the front and back nine. Event spaces include two ballrooms and outdoor pre-function areas.
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