Rosewood Miramar Beach opens in Montecito, Calif.

The 161-room hotel offers access to suites, bungalows, guestrooms and an exclusive Manor House. Photo credit: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Rosewood Miramar Beach opened in Santa Barbara’s Montecito community as Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' first property in Southern California.

The hotel is owned and developed by Los Angeles-based real estate developer Caruso Affiliated, who also selected Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as the resort manager. Rosewood Miramar Beach offers 161 guestrooms and suites, as well as a Manor House. The Manor House is host to three signature suites: The Founder’s Residence, The Miramar Suite and The Ambassador Suite. These accommodations can be combined with king-sized guestrooms to form an entirely private, seven-bedroom retreat within the Manor House.

The Manor House also includes a curved staircase that serves as a nod to famed Southern California architect Paul Williams. His original drawings are on display within the property’s entryway, showcasing a number of sketches, including the inspiration behind this staircase.

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“Rosewood Miramar Beach is the culmination of years of hard work and dedicated service to the Montecito community. What makes Miramar Beach so special, beyond the incomparable setting, is its history as a beloved icon of hospitality—it’s simply embedded in the land,” Rick Caruso, owner of the Rosewood Miramar Beach, and founder/CEO, Caruso, said in a statement. “We’re honored to now usher in a new era of hospitality and welcome locals and travelers back to this cherished retreat.”

“Rosewood Miramar Beach is the pinnacle of design, setting and service,” Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group, said in a statement. “It is a true jewel not only in the rich hospitality landscape of Montecito and Santa Barbara, but across the globe. Guests will delight in the relaxed atmosphere of coastal California while enjoying Rosewood’s intuitive service and our modern, ultra-luxury approach to the resort experience.”

The hotel’s Manor House includes a curved staircase that serves as a nod to famed Southern California architect Paul Williams. Photo credit: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

In addition to the Manor House, bungalows and Lanai House guestrooms are spread across the property's 16 acres of land. Each guestroom accommodation offers a furnished balcony or patio, a dressing area and views of the garden, ocean or mountainside.

The property is host to two pools, one of which—the Cabana Pool—also serves as a nod to Paul Williams, with the pool’s serpentine-edge design drawing inspiration from the architect’s work for the now-demolished Arrowhead Springs Hotel in Central California. 

A curated art collection can also be found throughout the resort, with more than 600 pieces hand-selected by Caruso.

Anchoring the property are the resort’s 26 oceanfront Beach House suites, studios and guestrooms, which include private terraces directly over the sand. Rosewood Miramar Beach also offers seven restaurants and bars. The program is led by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini, who joins the property with experience leading a Michelin-starred restaurant.