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The First Cohiba Lounge in the US Debuts at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Iconic resort and venerable handmade cigar brand join forces to unveil The Cohiba Experience, a world-class al fresco cigar lounge


SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 14, 2023) – The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara and Cohiba handmade cigars are pleased to announce the debut of The Cohiba Experience at The Bacara, the first of its kind cigar lounge in the US.


Following a launch event on August 11th, 2023, the Cohiba cigar lounge will be open to hotel guests, club members and the public, Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Overlooking the resort’s sprawling grounds and offering breathtaking ocean views, The Cohiba Experience is outfitted with hand-painted murals, comfortable seating, firepits and a walk-in, cedar-lined humidor, set against the backdrop of the hotel’s Spanish Mission architecture. An array of masterfully-crafted cigars from Cohiba and other respected brands come together with curated cocktails and a connoisseur’s assortment of fine wine and spirits, to create the ultimate coastal cigar lounge.


Cohiba’s Brand Ambassador Sean Williams will host quarterly activations, to include cigar pairings, handmade cigar seminars, exclusive cigar release parties and other special events.


Christopher Tarr, vice president of marketing for Scandinavian Tobacco Group which owns the Cohiba brand in the US said, “Cohiba has always been a brand that elevates tradition and our partnership with the Ritz-Carlton honors this commitment. Together, we have created a unique new take on the classic cigar lounge. By combining the utmost in ambience, indulgence and hospitality, The Cohiba Experience encourages the camaraderie of cigar smoking in an elegant and inclusive al fresco environment. This bespoke cigar lounge will provide memorable smoking occasions that cannot otherwise be replicated, and we are proud to mark thispivotal moment for Cohiba in partnership with Ritz-Carlton.”


“We are incredibly pleased to launch the first permanent Cohiba Cigar Lounge in the US. In partnership with Cohiba, we have curated The Cohiba Experience to provide guests a glimpse into what makes Cohiba the finest handcrafted cigar brand on the market today,” said Steven Janicek, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. “The mystique that surrounds Cohiba, and our signature, laid-back luxury vibe come together to create a rarefied experience for cigar connoisseurs and those who relish the good things in life.”


Meticulously handcrafted and proudly featuring the iconic red dot logo, Cohiba cigars are crafted by artisans who are passionately committed to producing cigars of the highest quality. Made from the finest, hand-selected, aged tobacco and blended to create rich, dimensional smoking experiences, Cohiba cigars have become synonymous with extravagant taste.


Just steps away from the Cohiba Cigar Lounge, guests and locals can enjoy some of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s most cherished dining venues. ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen offers a menu of coastal Californian comforts with fresh ingredients including fish pulled directly from the shores, and Latin flair that pays homage to the destination. Angel Oak–The Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s fine dining concept–offers a dynamic menu that displays local flavors of Santa Barbara, featuring dishes complemented by herbs picked directly from the property’s gardens.


Admission to The Cohiba Experience cigar lounge is complimentary to guests at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara and to the public aged 21 and over. Reservations are strongly encouraged.



About The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty, and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa Barbara. The iconic Central California resort spans 78 acres and features 358 guest rooms and suites, two natural beaches, lush gardens, and a collection of amenities including: a 42,000 square-foot spa and wellness center; three salt-water infinity pools; six culinary venues including the signature Angel Oak, housing the resort’s 12,000-bottle wine collection; robust activities program for guests of all ages; and 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The property is distinctly nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering easy access to the region’s best vineyards, and is just minutes from the center of charming and historic Santa Barbara. 


About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels and over 45 residential properties in 30 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at, for the latest company updates, visit and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit


About Cohiba Cigars

Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras and the U.S., Cohiba cigars are critically acclaimed for their meticulous construction and the refined smoking experiences they provide. With its iconic white box and red dot logo, the core brand of Cohiba is complemented by these super premium collections, each offering cigar connoisseurs luxurious and memorable smoking experiences: Cohiba Black, Cohiba Blue, Cohiba Connecticut, Cohiba Royale, Cohiba Nicaragua, Cohiba Riviera and Cohiba Macassar. In addition, the artisans of Cohiba produce special edition expressions featuring proprietary tobaccos and released in extremely limited quantity such as Cohiba Spectre and Cohiba Serie M. Visit for more information or follow Cohiba on Facebook @Cohiba, on Instagram @CohibaCigars and on Twitter @Cohiba.

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