19 years was a long time to be closed for renovation but it was worth the wait. The Miramar Hotel in Montecito, which closed in 2000, then changed ownership a few times, and survived a gauntlet of design reviews and public hearings, has opened as the Rosewood Miramar Beach.
Owned and developed by Los Angeles-based real estate developer Rick Caruso, the company behind many acclaimed shopping, dining and lifestyle destinations, Rosewood Miramar Beach was eagerly awaited by the community. “Rosewood Miramar Beach is the culmination of years of hard work and dedicated service to the Montecito community,” said Caruso. “What makes Miramar Beach so special, beyond the incomparable setting, is its history as a beloved icon of hospitality – it’s simply embedded in the land. We’re honored to now usher in a new era of hospitality and welcome locals and travelers back to this cherished retreat.”
Rosewood Miramar Beach features seven distinctive restaurants and bars. Helmed by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini – who joins the property with experience leading a Michelin-starred restaurant – the resort’s culinary program is characterized by locally and sustainably sourced produce. The new food and drink destinations include:
- Caruso’s, the oceanfront restaurant, features al fresco seating over the sand with views only the South Coast can offer. Chef Massimo introduces a taste of Southern Italy to coastal Montecito through signature dishes. Caruso’s hopes to become a dining destination that locals and visitors will seek to experience time and time again.
- Malibu Farm at Miramar, a farm-to-table concept by Helene Henderson, offers all-day dining in a “refined yet laid back” setting. The restaurant serves simply prepared plates crafted from fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.
- Miramar Beach Bar, the Miramar’s oceanfront oasis with a sailing vessel theme, invites guests to enjoy an array of craft cocktails and snacks
The Miramar Beach Bar. Courtesy photo.