One of the splurge-worthiest hotels you'll ever meet, this historic 22-acre property has it all: a stunning quintessential Santa Barbara setting across from Butterfly Beach in Montecito, attentive service, impeccably appointed rooms, a standout spa, and Italian-inspired California coastal cuisine. You pay a price for all of this, of course, but in my opinion it's worth it. Designed by Reginald Johnson and opened in 1927, the place oozes Santa Barbara's Spanish Colonial style. (Fans of "The Bachelor" will recognize it as the venue for the January 2014 wedding of Sean and Catherine.) Now owned by Beanie Baby mogul Ty Warner and managed by Four Seasons, this grande dame had an extensive (and expensive) makeover in 2007. There are 207 oceanfront guest rooms and suites in the main buildings, 152 of which were remodeled in 2014. Pricey and private single-story cottages are tucked among the lush gardens. Room décor is conservative, with a Spanish Colonial accent—think gold and green hues, dark woods, and leather chairs. Lounge at the resort's jungle-setting pool (complete with underwater music) or at the historic Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club across the street. The prime location is five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and an easy walk to über-chic boutiques and cafés on Montecito's Coast Village Road. The property may be fancy, but it's also friendly—even to kids and pets. Light sleepers should beware of rooms at the back of the property near the train tracks, and note that steep fees apply for Superior and Deluxe rooms. One nickel-and-diming quibble: high parking fees, even for a luxury hotel.