Santa Barbara, CA – (October 2, 2008) – Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara announces the re-opening of the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, signifying the completion of owner Ty Warner's three year, $65 million comprehensive rehabilitation of the legendary beachfront establishment.
Perched directly on Butterfly Beach, the classic beach club and registered historic landmark is a true haven for leisure and offers one of the most unique and exquisite Four Seasons guest experiences in the world. Registered guests of the Biltmore can take advantage of exclusive access to the "Coral Casino," a private membership club built in 1937 that has long served as a glamorous playground for Hollywood and Montecito's elite set.
"Between its stunning locale and remarkable cachet, the Coral Casino is a truly unique, special place that embodies the lifestyle of the American Riviera," said Karen Earp, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. "Mr. Warner's vision, relentless attention to detail and unwavering fortitude in the historic restoration of this luxury club has produced an amazing and authentically glamorous venue. We are proud to be able to share with our guests such an exclusive opportunity to relax and play here in one of the world's most breathtaking settings."
The project, led by renowned architect Peter Marino, has meticulously returned the beach club to its original splendor along with notable improvements that include a fashionable new second-story restaurant, Tydes. Its aim was to restore the original theme and purpose of the club while embracing the Coral Casino's most beloved feature—its spectacular setting on one of the most beautiful beaches in California.
The Coral Casino's main focal point is an entirely renovated Olympic-sized pool and deck area, bordered by 31 private cabanas and featuring a whirlpool, children's wading pool and rooftop sun deck. Historic photos were used in selecting the chaise lounges lining the pool and sun decks. Custom-recreated octagonal umbrellas offer a cool respite from the sun's rays, while transparent, low-reflectivity glass railing allows for uninterrupted ocean views from every vantage point within the club.
The poolside Coral Café and Bar serves up an enticing selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers and other classic items that can be enjoyed on the café patio or pool deck area. Guests can quench their thirst with cocktails like watermelon daiquiris and lemonade caipirinhas while soaking up a glorious sunset, or grab something to go from Fins snack bar, which offers smoothies, classic milkshakes and a variety of snack items. Intuitive Four Seasons service and hourly amenities—such as frozen fresh fruit skewers and Evian spritzes—complete the experience.
For those needing incentive to work out, the amply-sized fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment and panoramic vistas of the pool deck and ocean. Indoors, renovated expansive locker rooms include luxurious spa areas that consist of spacious, stone-clad steam rooms and red cedar saunas. The renovation also breathed new life into the club's iconic tower entrance and valet, lobby, loggia, and multi-purpose room. Its 4,600 sq. ft. La Pacifica Ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows that create the illusion of floating on the waves, along with its adjoining oceanfront Terrace, offers one of the West Coast's most striking settings for weddings and grand events.
Meeting key objectives during the renovation involved opening up sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara coastline, while honoring the original Modern Scandinavian architectural theme of the Coral Casino. For his role, Marino looked to the original architect, Gardner Dailey, for guidance.
"My concept was to faithfully restore the original design according to Dailey's principles," said Marino. "Comfort, elegance and restrained glamour of the original design were all paramount considerations in the rebuilding."
Keeping the original design themes intact, subtle and tasteful upgrades have been made throughout that will allow the soul and character of the Coral Casino to continue for many generations to come, such as Italian Falini fossilized marble pool deck tiling in soft hues of coral and salmon. Fully matured palm trees have been imported to frame the pool as they did in the club's heyday, so that the sounds of gently rustling fronds once again accompany the backdrop of breaking waves. A rebuilt access stairway guides guests to the sand and surf on Butterfly Beach, just steps below.
Initiation fees for new memberships – a limited number of which have been made available by Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts as part of its newly launched Connoisseur Club – begin at $250,000.
ABOUT FOUR SEASONS RESORT THE BILTMORE SANTA BARBARA
Situated on the American Riviera, this beautiful historic property, with its red roof tiles, ivory adobe and graceful archways, provides visitors a luxurious and intimate retreat. Lit by romantic gas lamps, brick walkways guide visitors through 20 acres of lush manicured tropical gardens surrounding the 207 guest rooms, suites and cottages. The 10,000 sq. ft. Spa designed by noted architect Peter Marino overlooks Butterfly Beach and features 11 treatment rooms, including four deluxe day suites with fireplaces and private ocean view terraces. At Bella Vista Restaurant, Executive Chef Martin Frost has created innovative seasonal menus that feature California cuisine inspired by the region's fresh local bounty and produce. Santa Barbara's only AAA Five Diamond resort, the property has received the coveted rating for three years running and a spot on Robb Report's "World's 100 Ultimate Escapes" since 2006.