At a Glance
With the Santa Ynez mountains as a backdrop and the Pacific in the foreground, Rosewood Miramar Beach welcomes guests to a front-row seat along the American Riviera.
The Standout: The Beach House Suites, with direct access to sand and sea Don’t Miss: Taking one of the resort’s custom Fiat Jolly cars into town for shopping and an afternoon stroll on Coast Village Road
- On-property shopping at both The Gatehouse, from James Perse, and Sundries from Goop
- The glamorous, adults-only Cabana Pool
- Having a drink at the Miramar Beach Bar while waiting for the train to pass by
Owner and first-time hotelier Rick Caruso tasked his personal decorator to create the resort’s residential feel throughout its 161 garden bungalows, beachfront suites and public areas. In the main Manor House, a graceful grand staircase nods to designs from Paul Williams, architect of the Beverly Hills Hotel and homes of Hollywood royalty, including Frank Sinatra. Out back, two idyllic pools flank the Great Lawn, which leads across railroad tracks to the south-facing beach for lounging, swimming, surfing and kayaking. About those tracks: rather than attempt to obscure them, Rosewood Miramar Beach openly embraces them. Bartenders at the Beach Bar ring a bell announcing a passing train, while guests—cocktails in hand—cheer and clap as the daily Amtrak Pacific Surfliner charges by.
One of the pleasures of dining at Caruso’s, the hotel’s main restaurant, is its expansive wine list with more than 50 labels from across California, including Santa Barbara vineyards and top international wineries. And now, the resort is opening up its cellars for the Miramar Wine Collective. Boxes curated around themes—Coastal California, New World Pinot Noirs, Secret Wines of Italy—showcase exceptional producers and can be delivered to you long after you’ve checked out.
Who Should Stay
Couples and friends in search of a home away from home, just outside L.A.
Written by Peter Schlesinger