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The Four Seasons group acquired this Spanish-style 1920's hacienda during the Reagan era and restored the 22-acre property to make the most of its historic charm.
All the guest rooms are spacious, and have a light feel to them thanks to white plantation shutters, light-wood furnishings, and full marble bathrooms with deliciously deep baths. There are poolside rooms with streams running through their patios, and cottages scattered about the beautifully manicured gardens that are perfect for families.
The main dining room has wonderful ocean views and serves fresh Californian food and wine for lunch and dinner. The terrace next door is ideal for al fresco dining, and the Sunday brunch is the stuff of legend. Just across the street is the reopened Coral Casino Beach Club which adds two new restaurants, a beachfront pool and an impressive gym. The two dining options in the Coral Casino include a lovely poolside cafe with poolside service. Upstairs and overlooking the ocean, a Mediterranean venue provides dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
The pool adjacent to the main hotel building is set in small landscaped courtyard. The spa has 10 elaborate treatment rooms, four of which have sea views, and a long list of health and beauty treatments. In addition there are three floodlit tennis courts, a putting green, croquet, gym, sauna and steam room. Seasonal children's activities allow parents a little time to themselves.
Why we love it
Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn and Bing Crosby used to play croquet on the hotel's beautiful lawns and then head over to the Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club next door, now part of the hotel.
Will, Original Traveller