Spring break doesn’t look quite like it used to! My husband and I used to lay on the beach in our swimsuits, tanning and drinking mai tais. Now, we’re chasing after a toddler and a baby! However, it’s a whole new kind of vacation, and we’re loving it. I cherish these memories we’re making with our kids, and I know it’s a luxury that we even get to experience these beautiful vacations with them.
My husband and I love to travel within California (like I recently mentioned in our wine country post), and Santa Barbara is one of our favorite places to visit time and again. This year, when planning our family spring break trip, we wanted to find a location that felt luxurious and relaxing, but was also family-friendly. When we discovered the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara we knew straight away that it was the perfect destination for our family.
This year, the hotel is celebrating its 90th birthday! It has a beautiful Spanish Colonial design and lovely gardens that make for gorgeous photo backdrops for family photos (which are always an ordeal to take!).
I really loved the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. There are palm trees everywhere and lining Butterfly Beach, which is right in front of the hotel! My husband and daughter loved watching the sunset over the water. There’s also an amazing fig tree that sprawls through the hotel that is a dreamy playground for the little ones.
We stayed in a suite located in the front of the hotel, which was very convenient when coming and going with kids. There was a ton of space for us to have a cot and crib for our babes. The hotel gave them Beanie Babies at arrival, which was a huge hit. The hotel also supplies Honest Company amenities in the guest rooms. My daughter was a big fan of the bathtub in our room and its water fountain feature. My husband and I relished in the heated tiles in the bathroom. Such a luxury!
My daughter is a major fish. Therefore, an awesome kid-friendly pool is a must for us on vacation. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has multiple options that are awesome. This was really the big selling point for us. The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club pool is breathtaking. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it! It’s a peachy heaven.
The diving board became my daughter’s favorite thing ever. It was her first time jumping off one, and once she did, we couldn’t get her to stop! The hotel’s Resort Jungle Pool is heated and has underwater music, which is so fun for kiddos.
So many pretty peach details
My pool boy and me lounging with a view of Butterfly Beach
We dined at Tydes our first night. This was a major highlight for me. It was sunset, we had an epic view of the ocean, and our wine and food was so delicious. Both our kids behaved, even though it had been a long day of travel and swimming. It’s a memory our family will cherish forever.
It’s not easy to dine out with kids, so on our second night, we picked up pizza at Lucky Penny and ate it in the room. My daughter ate an entire pizza to herself (except the crust). All that swimming gave her quite the appetite. We also ate at a favorite of ours, The Lark. We didn’t get out a ton with the kids and really tried to stay at the hotel as much as possible. However, we did go on the Chase Palm Park Carousel and we heard that the new MOXI museum is awesome (next visit!).
We’ve been talking about finding a hotel that we will visit every year with our family, and I think Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is going to be that place. While drinking a yummy smoothie by the pool after a full day of swimming, my daughter looked up at me with wonder and delight in her eyes and asked, “Mommy, how did you find this place?!”