The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara

In Spa by Susan Watkins

To really unwind in the lap of luxury, be sure to include a visit to The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. After checking in to the spa, we arrive at a handsome living room to await our couples massage.  A toasty fire crackles in the fireplace, and we sink into big easy chairs in front of picture windows which display the rose gardens and Pacific Ocean beyond.  Dried fruit, nuts, a selection of gourmet teas and cranberry infused water are offered as we relax in anticipation of our massage.

When the masseuses arrive, we’re led to the most gorgeous ocean view spa suite, which features a fireplace, a claw footed bathtub and a view of majestic palm trees silhouetting the peaceful ocean.  The spa menu features a variety of restorative beauty treatments which incorporate the bounty of the sea or botanicals from the gardens of Santa Barbara.  My Hope Gillerman Organics massage was honestly one of the best I’ve ever had, and all of my cares literally melted away right there in that ocean front spa suite!  Afterward, I lingered in the spa’s sauna and steam room complimented by iced washcloths scented with lemongrass. Next to the Spa is another robust fitness center – the two facilities combine to offer the ultimate in The Four Seasons’ tribute to wholeness and body well being.