Tycoon Connoisseurs: Episode 2 – Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts

At Jetset, we keenly follow the passion projects of leaders who inspire us. When you follow the passion, you gain insight and a deeper sense of the person. Sir Richard Branson, Julian Robertson, David Copperfield, Chad Pike, and Ty Warner are all hotel connoisseurs at heart. They have experienced the very finest hospitality this world has to offer. Obsessed with getting it just right, their business forays into travel have yielded the most flawless hotel stays on earth. These gentlemen clearly enjoy the luxury of not trifling with the usual constraints of “the bottom line”, the only concern is perfection.

San Ysidro Ranch & Montecito Club

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, San Ysidro Ranch is a 550-acre haven of blooming gardens, canopied by eucalyptus and sycamore trees. Guests as wide ranging from Winston Churchill and John and Jacqueline Kennedy to Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Bieber have escaped to this collection of just 38 exceedingly private cottages. Interiors adorned with antiques and artwork collected from around the world make a bold impression. Unwind by the cozy fireplace and fragrant gardens, bliss out in the outdoor rain shower and sunken spa.

Award-winning restaurants, including Stonehouse and Plow & Angel, offer exceptional service, mouthwatering cuisine and an impressive collection of rare wine and spirits. Stonehouse is home to a 12,000-bottle cellar offering some of the most sought-after vintage varietals in the world, including a new 70-vintage vertical collection of Chateau Petrus, the most extensive restaurant offering of Petrus in the US.

Get a morning freestyle workout in or take a leisurely dip in the swimming pool, surrounded by lush hillside and gardens. Lose yourself in conversation over cocktails from the new Plunge Pool Bar. There is also a spot to practice your short game at the impressive new golf putting course. The Salon & Spa at San Ysidro Ranch is a storybook retreat with a new outdoor patio for pampering in a fresh lavender garden, under the shade of vine-covered pergolas. Best activities? Private yoga and sound meditation sessions overlooking the Pacific, and wine tasting with the resort’s sommelier team.

Exclusive golf access is a big draw for many; for an additional fee, guests have the opportunity to reserve a golf experience on the new Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at the exclusive members-only Montecito Country Club, with history dating back to 1918. The property, also part of Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts, recently unveiled a $119M renovation and has limited memberships available for families, couples and singles.

About The Author

Si Si Penaloza's first brush with unbridled luxury came when she was 18 months old, when she toddled from the lobby of Hôtel Ritz Paris into the adjacent Bar Hemingway – only to be busted 15 minutes later. After cutting her teeth as a curator, arts editor and cultural critic, she fell down the rabbit hole of luxury travel. A natural born flâneur, she thrives as a professional lounger – jetting to the world’s top destinations to review hotels and spas for top international outlets. Amid bouts of horizontal hedonism, she’s not immune to the lure of stunt journalism – interviewing Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the cast of Ocean's Thirteen in Cannes, reporting from Prince Harry’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean or racing the Top Gear team through the vineyards of Stellenbosch. She’s also been known to trek the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, track baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers, observe octopus at 80 feet below in Curaçao and frolic with frisky penguins on Cape Town's Boulder Beach. For editorial consideration please contact editor@jetsetmag(dot)com.

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