Four Seasons resort to undergo revamp amid Covid19 uncertainty

by | 31 Aug 2020 | Projects, Refurbishments

A Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts property in California will remain closed to allow for a comprehensive upgrade, with its owner approving the project after taking into consideration the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is set to look very different when it finally reopens next year. We consider what will change at this iconic property.

Making the most of a challenging situation

While much of the hospitality industry tries to get back up and running around the US, a prominent Californian resort has decided to take a markedly different approach. In light of the Covid19 crisis, the owner of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has chosen to delay the property’s reopening, and will instead use the unplanned interruption to carry out an extensive renovation and upgrade programme.

This high-profile resort is located in a secluded enclave that makes it a favourite with the rich and famous, who come to escape the mania of the city and experience a breath of fresh air. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s bungalows and villas are spread over 22 acres, which include verdant gardens, private courtyards and quaint meandering pathways.

A new lease of life

The proposed work involves an extensive transformation of this sprawling resort, which will stay closed for at least six months before reopening at some point in 2021. The refurbishment will apply to many areas across the property and see the rolling out of an upgraded design, facilities and general ambience.

When the resort finally returns, its guests will no doubt be able to indulge in an array of exciting activities once again. For example, visitors could idle along Butterfly Beach, play a spot of golf on the putting green or take a tour around the landscaped gardens while learning about the area’s indigenous flora and fauna. They might also go on wine tours and tastings at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery, or even take volleyball lessons from former professional player Todd Rogers.


Four Seasons is a Canadian-based company that manages an international portfolio of luxury five-star hotels and resorts.