Behind a driftwood-gray vertically slatted fence off of San Ysidro Road and Jameson Lane lies a framed structure, the beginning of the new Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito—the posh resort slated to open in 2018.
Sitting on the former site of the much-beloved Miramar Hotel, the new 16-acre resort will feature 124 guest rooms and 37 suites, many of which will be single-story bungalows and cottages. Amenities will include an oceanfront bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a Sense Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an exclusive membership-only beach club. Rental facilities include a 12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor event space and a 6,000-square-foot ballroom.
For locals, Rosewood Miramar has been a long-awaited arrival. More than 17 years ago, the longstanding Miramar Hotel closed its doors after being purchased by New York City hotelier Ian Schrager. Partially demolished, it stood vacant for years, ghostlike, while owners came and went. It wasn’t until Rick Caruso of Rick Caruso Affiliated purchased it in 2007 that plans for a new resort began.
Miramar’s history is a long and storied one, beginning when Josiah and Emmeline Doulton purchased the property in 1876. Originally named Ocean View Farm, it became Miramar (“behold the sea”) after a guest suggested the new name. By 1910, 29 structures dotted the property. Paul Gawzner purchased Miramar from the Doultons in 1939, and so began the era of celebrities, luminaries and conference attendees.
We eagerly await the beginning of the new era of this historic property.
Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.