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September 11, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Celebrate the Holidays Santa Barbara Style at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – This festive season, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is spreading seaside holiday cheer with a variety of great values, lavish traditions and unforgettable experiences.

Stay. There’s never been a better time to spend the holidays basking in the warm sunshine of the American Riviera. With unprecedented room rates starting as low as $375 per night and a variety of enticing value package offerings such as a free third night, Resort credits and more, ‘tis the season to enjoy Santa Barbara’s gorgeous beaches, magnificent wine country and world-class golf. Call 1 (805) 565-8099 or visit for rate details and reservations.

Play. A historic wonderland at this special time of year, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has been creating cherished memories for generations. This festive season, the Resort is offering an array of holiday experiences to make the season merry and bright. In December, guests can sip on a hot toddy or spiced apple cider while “dashing” along scenic Butterfly Beach and through the quaint village of Montecito on a romantic and exhilarating “sleigh” ride in a horse-drawn carriage. At Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Santa Barbara, exclusive VIP gift shopping offers an opportunity to check your list twice.

Children can take part in engaging experiences like complimentary cookie baking and decorating workshops led by Mrs. Claus, or creating their own ornaments in the Kids For All Seasons Program. On select evenings, they can gather around the cozy fireplace for storytime with Santa, complete with milk and cookies. On Christmas Eve, all children will receive a personalized stocking amenity – delivered to their doorstep by Santa’s elves – to ensure an extra joyful holiday experience.

Relax. Treat yourself to everything nice this holiday season in The Spa, with their “Sugar & Spice” menu of holiday treatments. Relieve holiday stress with a relaxing full-body organic Sugar Scrub featuring extracts of chamomile, myrrh and passionflower. The deeply moisturizing organic sunflower oil based scrub will leave your skin with a delightfully spicy scent (50 minutes, $160). Pamper yourself with a Spice Massage, which combines any full-body massage with a deliciously aromatic massage oil made exclusively for The Biltmore. An enticing blend of orange, patchouli, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pine and rosemary essential oils, it’s sure to spice up the season (50 minutes, $160 / 80 minutes, $225)! For a true holiday treat, enjoy Sugar & Spice – featuring both services together in an indulgent scrub and massage combination treatment (80 minutes, $225).

Family-style Thanksgiving – You’ll feel right at home with a home cooked Thanksgiving feast served in your very own guest room or private terrace.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner – Bella Vista offers its annual Thanksgiving dinner, featuring all the traditional favorites. Choose from a four-course plated dinner or expansive buffet.

Christmas Eve Dinner – Enjoy a four-course dinner menu at Bella Vista, where guests can savor an extensive selection of seasonal items and holiday dishes.

Christmas Day in Bella Vista – Each Christmas, Bella Vista presents an elaborate buffet spread featuring traditional favorites and seasonal specialties – including fresh seafood, hot entrées, a carving station, and an array of salads and desserts. Or, choose a four-course menu boasting many lovingly prepared seasonal and holiday specialties.

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New Year’s Eve Gala – Ring in the New Year in Four Seasons style, where the midnight moment is spectacularly anticipated. The perfect place to celebrate with friends and family, Bella Vista will host an all-evening affair, including a set five-course gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, late night dessert and champagne toast. In Ty Lounge, guests can toast to the New Year with festivities until 2:00 am, including DJ sounds and champagne.

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