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Beyond Topiary

Rosewood’s New Oceanfront Hideaway Brings Hollywood Glamour to California’s Central Coast


Nestled in Montecito’s picturesque stretch of sandy coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Mountains, the glamorous, newly opened Rosewood Miramar Beach is the latest project and first hotel by Caruso, a Los Angeles-based developer led by founder and CEO Rick Caruso. Caruso, known for iconic Southern California developments including The Grove in LA, the Americana at Brand in Glendale, and Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades, purchased the historic property in 2007 and reimagined the land—originally the site of Miramar by the Sea, a quaint inn that opened in the late 1800s—into an idyllic resort.

History plays an important role in the Rosewood Miramar Beach’s overall design, which was inspired by Caruso’s aspiration to create a resort that feels like a home, a tribute to the hotels of the late 19th century which were decorated with a distinctly residential feel to warmly welcome travelers after a long journey. To accomplish this, Caruso brought in Diane Johnson, his personal decorator, to transform the property. The result is effortless elegance, where glamour meets the relaxed luxury of the California coast, realized through a striking array of JANUS et Cie furnishings.

Duo Chaise Lounges line the Manor Pool, the collection’s crisp white frames punctuated by pops of goldenrod yellow cushions, while the nearby Malibu Farm at Miramar, the beloved farm-to-table restaurant from Helene Henderson, is home to the intricately woven Cannes II Armchairs. The resort’s breathtaking courtyard includes pieces from the stately Masters Aluminum Series: Quadratl Lounge Chairs, Quadratl Glass Top Side Tables, and Charles Dining Tables, and this grand sophistication of the Masters Aluminum Series continues through to the resort’s signature oceanfront restaurant, Caruso’s, where Artemis Dining Tables are surrounded by Savannah Side Chairs.

In addition to the stunning spaces pictured above, the Rosewood’s Cabana Bar is furnished using the iconic Amalfi collection, and the hotel’s charming Scoop Shop serves up ice cream and local favorites in handwoven Wing Armchairs.

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