This sanctuary on the beach four miles east of downtown Santa Barbara is pure, laid-back Southern California chic. Don't miss the must-do'sloll by the pool with a strawberry daiquiri and spoil yourself at the spa with an avocado-citrus body wrap. You'll stay in the 1927 Spanish colonial hotel, with its 207 guest rooms, or one of 12 cottages concealed in a maze of red-brick pathways and gardens full of eucalyptus, jasmine, bougainvillea, and roses. Your on-site culinary options are twofold: Play it casual at the Patio, which serves local seafood, or dress it up at La Marina. Venture away from this refuge on the sea to deep-sea-fish for halibut, red snapper, and swordfish; boat to the Channel Islands to watch blue whales and dolphins; or take a sailing lesson. Better yet, get in touch with your inner oenophile in wine country, less than an hour inland. Doubles from $580; 805-969-2261, www.fourseasons.com
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