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Rosewood Miramar Beach
America   The property features 161 guestrooms and suites

Rosewood Miramar Beach opens as the first luxury resort in Southern California to offer guestrooms set directly over the sand.


Located in Santa Barbara's picturesque Montecito community, Miramar, meaning 'to behold the sea,' takes its name from its remarkable location on one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in California, a fitting setting for Rosewood's first property in Southern California.

Owned and developed by Caruso, the company behind some of the world's most acclaimed shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations, Rosewood Miramar Beach embodies the brand's commitment to creating properties that reflect the unique fabric of the communities in which they live.

Caruso hand-selected Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as the resort manager, in large part due to its guiding A Sense of Place philosophy, wherein the history, culture and sensibilities of the location are woven into the property. The result is a truly authentic and inspired experience that serves as a world-class gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Rosewood Miramar Beach provides guests a truly unique experience – as if being hosted in a private home – across all guest touch-points; the resort is residential in style, service and sentiment.

The property, which features 161 guestrooms and suites, was manifested from Rick's idea of a sprawling Montecito estate that grew over time, in tandem with the growth of a family – an homage to the genesis of the original property.

At the heart of the property is the magnificent Manor House where a dramatic stone-paved driveway leads up to a striking single-entry, solid-wood front door that opens into the home's grand foyer.

The centerpiece of the residence is its luxuriantly-curved staircase – a tribute to an original design by esteemed Southern Californian architect Paul Williams, remembered by many as an architect to the stars.

Williams' work and vision is distinctly Southern Californian and has influenced residential and hospitality design worldwide. His original drawings are on display within the property's entryway, showcasing a number of sketches, including the inspiration behind the resort's spiral staircase.

Three signature suites reside in the Manor House including The Founder's Residence, The Miramar Suite and The Ambassador Suite. Each provide the utmost in luxury, space and style, infusing distinctly residential design details throughout the resort – the product of collaboration with Rick Caruso's personal interior designer, Diane Johnson.

Boasting spectacular views and distinct décor and design, the signature suites can be combined with king-sized guestrooms to form an entirely private, seven-bedroom retreat within the Manor House.

Complementing the grandeur of the Manor House, spread over 16 acres of lush landscaping, are the Bungalows and Lanai House guestrooms.

Each guestroom accommodation is light-filled and spacious and offers a furnished balcony or patio, a roomy dressing area, and awe-inspiring views of the garden, ocean or mountainside. Lavish bathrooms provide every indulgence with elegant marble finishes, freestanding soaking tubs and separate his-and-her vanities.

A focal point of the estate is the Cabana Pool, one of two pools on property. Another nod to Paul Williams, the pool's distinctive, serpentine-edge design draws inspiration from the architect's work for the now-demolished Arrowhead Springs Hotel in Central California.

Nineteen luxurious cabanas, each topped with a stylish black and white valance, complete the pool's polished yet playful footprint.

A carefully curated art collection beautifully bolsters the residential quality of the resort, with over 600 pieces hand-selected by Rick himself thoughtfully placed throughout the property.

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