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Belmond El Encanto is a beautifully restored hotel combining cool glamour with a laidback style. A landmark since the 1920s, this is one of the most iconic hotels in Santa Barbara, sitting proudly amongst the hills and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Ninety-two bungalows and suites come with a sophisticated and romantic feel and offer all mod cons and snazzy bathrooms, including heated stone marble floors. Many have private outdoor space with views of the lush landscape.
The infinity-edged swimming pool is the perfect spot to stop and get back to nature. Seven acres of landscaped gardens will please those who love a leisurely stroll, and the spa offers some wonderful signature treatments.
The hotel’s restaurant serves dishes using French classic techniques with a California-coastal edge and can be savored in the dining room, lounge, wine room, bar, or on the terrace. We recommend sampling the Belmond El Encanto cheese crafted from milk provided by Ellie, the resort’s resident cow.
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Location & Getting There
The property is a 16-minute drive from Santa Barbara Airport or a 1 hour and 30 min drive from Los Angeles International Airport.
There are 92 suites, rooms, and Spanish Revival bungalows in furnished in a California Craftsman-style.
Surrounded by the peaks and valleys of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the area is a hiking enthusiast's dream. Aquatic lovers will also relish the large waves at Rincon Point, cave-diving, and paddleboarding along the coastline. Choose to explore the downtown Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, and the Santa Barbara Zoo is always a hit with families as well. There are 3 golf courses in Santa Barbara with some of the best views in the country.
While there are no specific facilities for childcare, children are welcome at this property.
Belmond El Encanto is well placed for visiting Santa Barbara, where you’ll find an array of fantastic restaurants, art galleries, wineries, and the Californian coast. When you’re after some downtime, enjoy the infinity pool, gym, and spa at the hotel. As for rooms, the Premier Bungalow is a sumptuous choice with a myriad of loungey options and a king-size bed with beautiful blue ocean views.
We won't take you to the usual tourist traps, instead we'll introduce you to people that show you the true side of a country. With our contacts in each destination, we can arrange for you to meet locals away from the crowds and ensure an authentic experience.
You can rely on our extensive first-hand knowledge and years of experience in the country you’re visiting. We use only the best expert guides, and provide insider tips on the local customs, and everything from vibrant festivals to hidden Himalayan monasteries
Your holiday will be as unique as you are. By getting to know you and what makes you tick, we fuse our wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of our destinations to create unique day by day itineraries that are built around you.