A Hideaway for Hollywood's Elite in Santa Barbara
The Coral Casino, a beachside landmark since 1937, underwent a major, and meticulous, renovation after current owner Ty Warner purchased the property in 2000.
Warner’s $65 million restoration project, completed in 2008 and overseen by architect Peter Marino, included importing full-grown palm trees to frame the swimming pool as they had in the club’s heyday and studying historic images to source the most authentic Scandinavian-modern loungers.
The pool itself—a larger-than-Olympic-size giant in which Esther Williams once performed water ballets—was entirely retiled to return it to its sparkling blue glory. This attention to detail, along with Warner’s historically sensitive upgrades, means that today the Coral Casino feels more glamorous than ever.
Originally envisioned as a playground for Hollywood stars and Montecito socialites (which it remains), the Coral Casino has a famously strict door policy. But it’s not completely a members-only affair: The club is open to guests of the adjoining Four Seasons Santa Barbara. Access is included in the price of rooms from the Premier level up—an unbeatable perk