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Top – Diners at Tydes restaurant enjoy front-row seats to

the beach scene below, frolicking dolphins and a view of

the Channel Islands.

Middle – Sip a cocktail at the Coral Reef Bar and watch

colorful marine life in a stunning salt-water aquarium.

Bottom – The Coral Casino’s sparkling pool continues its

role as the club’s centerpiece.

1940s,” says the Resort’s general manager Karen

Earp. “It continues its unique social character, com-

bining dining, fitness and beachfront relaxation

and fun, complete with an oceanfront ballroom for

grand events, enhanced by Four Seasons excep-

tional service and experiences.”


Four Seasons Resort

The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Coral Casino Beach

and Cabana Club

Exclusive club and historic landmark

celebrates 80



in sleek new style

anta Barbara’s legendary Biltmore Hotel (the

original name) immediately attracted Holly-

wood’s Golden Age film stars and other celebri-

ties when it opened in grand style on the shores of

Butterfly Beach in 1927.

A decade later, Biltmore owner Robert Stewart

Odell opened the posh Coral Casino, an exclusive,

members-only private club across the street from

the Resort, just steps from the sand. A 51-meter swim-

ming pool and diving area was the biggest draw,

where Santa Barbara and SoCal elite families and

friends could hobnob over cocktails while gazing at

stunning ocean and island views.

Dozens of celebrities lounged at the Coral Ca-

sino over the ensuing decades, including Dinah

Shore, Lana Turner, Ronald Reagan, Steve Martin,

Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Michael Douglas,

Sigourney Weaver, Esther Williams and Jeff Bridges.

A $65 million restoration, completed in 2008,

restored the club’s original theme and historic ele-

ments. The project also modernized the pool, 31

cabanas, the glamorous ballroom and poolside

café, and added a second story restaurant and a

children’s pool.

The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club

remains one of Santa Barbara’s most private

playgrounds. It still has only a few hundred mem-

bers, but is also open to guests of the Four Seasons

Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara across the street.

Resort guests can dine at the club’s upscale

Tydes restaurant and the Coral Café and Reef Bar.

Sip a craft beer, cocktail or glass of wine while

watching tropical fish and crustaceans swim

through live coral in a freestanding, 275-gallon

salt water aquarium-bar built to support more

than 450 life forms.

Members and resort guests can rent the exclu-

sive, private Cabana 24, a spacious hideaway on

the second-story sundeck. Attentive Four Seasons

staff deliver amenities every hour — warm or chilled

towels, snacks and smoothie samplers — or guests

can opt for total privacy.

“This year, Coral Casino Beach and Cabana

Club celebrates 80 years of rich history as a fam-

ily club, frequented by many members and guests

who have been regular visitors since as early as the



Montecito Magazine

Fall 2017–Winter 2018