FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE SANTA BARBARA SPA
A Relaxing Recipe for Health and Beauty
by Bonnie Carroll
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara opened in 1927 as a Biltmore property and then became the Four Seasons Biltmore property of today which went through a $340 million renovation over the past five years under the guidance of owner Ty Warner. The historic Spanish colonial treasure sits gracefully on the beautiful shoreline of Butterfly Beach, and is renowned as a leading destination for visitors seeking personal comfort and absolute pampering in the heart of the “American Riviera.”
The spa showcases the extraordinary talent of renowned senior design architect Peter Marino, who was also designer of the Chanel worldwide boutiques. Guests are directed to the dressing area to slip into a luxurious robe and slippers before savoring the pleasures of the sauna and steam room area. A short elevator ride takes patrons to a peaceful waiting room that offers a breathtaking view of the ocean and the newly renovated Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, which can also be enjoyed by guests of the hotel.
Fresh nuts & dried fruits, along with trendy hot and cold beverages can be sampled while waiting for a treatment, and on cooler days there is a burning fireplace that creates a cozy atmosphere for couples enjoying treatments together. Design architect Marino’s talent really shines in the four spa suites where couples can share a treatment room with an ocean view, a two-person whirlpool, a burning fireplace, a private bathroom and a balcony with a view to enjoy a private dinner together.
As well as a full menu of inspired body treatments and skin therapy options, the spa features an eighty minute signature adventure Four Seasons in One spa ritual. The fluid treatment designed to stimulate and balance the senses focuses on winter, spring, summer and autumn by implementing specific techniques and products associated with each season.
Individual seasonal therapies for this signature treatment include winter, consisting of an invigorating peppermint scrub on the back, hands and feet; spring, combining a facial pressure point massage with a floral and citrus aromatic body wrap; summer, coordinating Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and reflexology massage techniques for a blissful ending, and autumn, a soothing ayurvedic scalp massage featuring a scent of clove. This is a journey of joyful detachment that could easily become a habit not to be missed, and the therapists at the hotel are career warriors in their field. They know what they are doing and are concerned and sensitive to your comfort at all times.
Guests are invited to rest in the waiting area or spa following a treatment to fully benefit from their time at the spa. Beauty services for hair and nails are also available to guests at the salon, and on the way out products used at the spa, some great looking accessories and wearing apparel, as well as a variety of lovely designer body and skin creams to enjoy at home can be purchased at the spa shop. For additional information visit: www.fourseasons.com.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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