With lush gardens and locally inspired cuisine, El Encanto is an enchanting getaway
El Encanto hotel features 92 individually-designed bungalows with their own private gardens or patios.
After seven years of restoration, Orient-Express has announced the opening of El Encanto in Santa Barbara, Calif. The restored hotel (said to have once been a favorite of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard) includes seven acres of landscaped gardens and includes 92 individually designed "California-style" bungalows with hardwood floors, plantation-style shutters, and bespoke accessories. All bungalows also have their own private patio or garden.
According to the release, the property offers both indoor and outdoor dining areas facing the Pacific coastline. Ingredient sourcing is a top priority for the hotel’s executive chef Patrice Martineau, who reaches out to the area’s "most responsible" farmers and food purveyors to create a "Californian Coastal" cuisine. In addition to serving local sea urchin, he sources a portion of the kitchen’s produce from his on-site garden. El Encanto even has its own personal Holstein cow, Ellie, who will produce customized cheese for the hotel’s restaurant.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara USA
Original opening date:1913 re-opened March 2013 after a 7-year restoration.
Hotel General Manager
Huther joined El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara in November 2019. Colleen has over 30 years of luxury hotel experience working for brands such as Hilton, Accor, and Marriott. She joins Belmond from the Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles, CA where she was General Manager. Prior to that, she was General Manager of the Hilton Santa Clara Hotel, CA.
Luxury Resort the only Forbes Five-Star Resort in Santa Barbara, CA and the Central Coast.
History & Story
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara sits high in the hills amid lush gardens, offering a dazzling view of Santa Barbara and the sparkling ocean beyond. An icon since the 1920s, its original architectural features have been lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa.
The Resortwas meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike.
True to its Californian roots, this luxury hotel combines glamour with laidback style.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara was closed for a property-wide renovation from June 2006 to March 2013.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort is an enchanting hideaway for those who cherish privacy and serenity.
Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
Nestled between lush mountains and the dazzling blue sea, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara sits high on a Santa Barbara hillside in a tranquil neighborhood. Just minutes away you’ll find exquisite restaurants, fine galleries, boutique wineries and the beautiful California coast. 9 mi (15 min) from SBA. 97 mi (1 hour and 50 min) from LAX.
Key sites/activities in the area
Miles of sandy white beaches below and meandering hiking trails above. Santa Barbara Mission,Historic El Paseo, Sterns Wharf, Santa Barbara Zoo, Maritime Museum, Museum of Art, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara Bowl and the Granada Theater for live entertainment, Urban Wine Trail.
State Street offers boutique shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries.
Over 125 San Ynez wineries are just 45 minutes north of the resort.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara offers guests electric bicycles to ride around town or zip down to the beach for a beautiful ride along the Pacific Ocean.
The resort once hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt and his famous “fireside” chats.
92 bungalow-styled guest rooms and suite
- 14 Superior Kings (410 average square feet)
- 18 Deluxe Kings (557 average square feet)
- 11 Terrace Kings (467 average square feet)
- 6 Premier King (593 average square feet)
- 7 Deluxe Doubles (558 average square feet)
- 10 Terrace Premier Kings (626 average square feet)
- 6 One Bedroom Suites (616 average square feet)
- 4 Garden Bungalows (622 average square feet)
- 7 Terrace Suites (511 average square feet)
- 5 Terrace Premier Suites (704 average square feet)
- 4 Specialty Suites (982 average square feet)
(63 with fireplaces, 40 with patios or terraces)
Resort amenities include:
• Guest transportation within five miles of the resort
• Motorized bicycles
• Heated zero-edge outdoor swimming pool with panoramic ocean views
• Full service spa: 4,500 square-feet with seven treatment rooms
• Fully equipped Fitness Studio and entrance to exercise classes
• 24-hour room service
• High speed wireless Internet access
• Daily local newspaper
• Bottle of local Santa Barbara wine
• In-room El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara roasted coffee and tea and bottled water
Restaurants & Bars
• THE DINING ROOM AND TERRACE
Dine in the elegant dining room, or delight in a romantic dinner under the stars on The Terrace. Either way you’ll be treated to a spectacular gastronomic experience, featuring locally sourced, artisanal ingredients.
An innovative menu offers contemporary California-coastal cuisine, complemented with gracious service and a side of stunning Santa Barbara views.
Executive Chef Johan Denizot treats you to inspired California Coastal cuisine. Each dish is created with locally-sourced seasonal produce. Expect herbs directly from the chef’s garden and El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara cheese, each block made from the milk of Ellie, the resort’s cow.
• THE LOUNGE
The Lounge is the ideal retreat for light dining or an elegant afternoon tea with friends.
Delicately crafted breads and buns come filled with classic British combinations. Tempting scones and French pastries will sweeten any afternoon.
Afternoon Tea reservations must be made 24-hours in advance.
The full-service Spa offers an array of treatments featuring local ingredients that relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country, The Spa draws from the surrounding landscape to create signature soothing treatments. Set across seven treatment rooms, The Spa is a haven of peace and tranquility. The Spa also features a relaxation lounge, showers, steam rooms and private lockers.
Zero edge outdoor swimming pool with panoramic ocean views.
Cardio enthusiasts can choose from an array of Technogym treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals. Or switch to strength-building exercises with Technogym’s exciting line of Kinesis Stations.
Corporate & Celebration Events
• The tranquil, lush surroundings of El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara offer a unique venue for meetings and celebrations.
• We provide a combined total of 9,820 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. All indoor spaces make optimal use of natural light to be bright and airy. Other features include individual climate control and video conferencing facilities.
• An expertly-finished boardroom provides the perfect thinking space and offers inspiring ocean views.
• The flexible 3,000-square-foot ballroom serves large gatherings and can be divided into two smaller rooms when necessary.
• Take advantage of our special groups rates, and host an unforgettable event.
Extra notable features
• The newly renovated Riviera Movie Theatre is adjacent to the resort across Alvarado Place. One of only 26 theatres’ in the country with Dolby Vision and a Dolby Atmos sound system that features domestic and international films in an historic setting.
•Santa Ynez wine country featuring over 200 California wine producers featuring locally made vintages.
• Three golf courses within a 20 – 40-minute drive.
• Surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, scuba diving and any other water sport imaginable 15 minutes away.
• Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club (May – October) 20 minutes away.
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Forbes Travel Guide | 2019 World’s Best Rooms
• Forbes Travel Guide | 2019 Star Award – Five Star Hotel Rating
• U.S. News & World Report | Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
• Smart Meetings | 2019 Smart Star Awards – Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel
• Travel + Leisure | The Best Dog-friendly Hotels in the U.S.
• Forbes | The Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
• Shape | 2018 Healthy Travel Awards Winner
• Wine Spectator | 2018 Best of Award of Excellence for The Dining Room at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
• Conde Nast Traveler | 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards
• Forbes Travel Guide | 2018 Five Star Hotel Rating
• Afar | The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in California
• Afar | The Central Coast’s Best Luxury Hotels
• Monocle | The Travel Top 50 Awards – ‘Top-Dog Friendly Hotel’
• Forbes 5 Star Hotel Rating
• Forbes 4 Star Spa Rating
• 2017 Best Restaurant with a View – Independent
• U.S. News & World Report – “Best Hotels in the USA”
• Forbes 5 Star Hotel Rating
• Open Table – “Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America”
• Conde Nast Traveler – “Top 10 Hotels in Southern California”
• Santa Barbara Independent – “Best Restaurant with a View”
• Forbes 5 StarHotel Rating
• Forbes 4 Star Spa Rating
• Historical Landmarks Commission “Best Exemplary Design in Landscape Architecture and Non-Habitable Structures
• Open Table – “Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America”
• Hotels.com – “Outstanding Service Award”
• Forbes 5 Star Hotel Rating
• 2014 Best of the Best – Robb Report
• Andrew Harper 2014 Grand Award
• Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Comeback
• Open Table Diner’s Choice Winner: Best Overall in Santa Barbara – The Dining Room 2014
El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel
Located in the American Riviera, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel is Santa Barbara’s ultimate luxury getaway. This iconic early 20th-century property is situated atop a commanding hillside, offering ninety-two quintessential, California-styled bungalows and terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
Original architectural features were lovingly restored, including the historic, trellised-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor swimming pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the Belmond El Encanto journey for today&rsquos luxury-seeking guest. Sumptuous contemporary cuisine will also delight with organic and locally sourced ingredients.
In essence, El Encanto&rsquos charming setting offers the ultimate secluded retreat, creating an eclectic and authentic ambiance for romance and rediscovery.
Hotel Check: El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel
WHERE IS IT: In the hills above Santa Barbara, this resort offers a stunning angle from which to take in all of Santa Barbara and its Pacific coastline. Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara’s numerous entertainment and dining options are not far. A free shuttle takes guests anywhere within a five-mile radius of the resort.
WHAT’S IT LIKE? Blending Spanish Colonial and California craftsman architecture, this resort sprawls across the grassy lawns and verdant gardens of this elite area of town. Views of the Pacific Ocean from many corners of the grounds as well as the main building are stunning. Guests enter a main building to find a relaxed lobby and lounge that spills out to a bar and al fresco restaurant. A map shows guests how to meander the pathways to reach the rooms, which are spread around the resort. This is the kind place you escape to for privacy, and its outdoor areas would not be out of place in the south of France.
HOW MANY ROOMS? 92 rooms, bungalows and suites
ROOM FACILITIES: Depending on the category, the rooms, suites and multi-room bungalows have tasteful and understated interiors with beautifully appointing furnishings and hardwood floors. Outdoor patios, indoor fireplaces and plush bedding are all hallmarks here. But, as with all Belmonds, service is the most noticeable amenity with attention to detail in every area. Guest rooms welcome arrivals with a bottle of local wine, and simple and thoughtful amenities like lint rollers in the closet and turndown service with water and bookmarks. Refrigerators stock complimentary Evian water, and Nespresso machines help guests perk up in the morning (there’s also a courtesy coffee and tea area in the lobby in the morning). Bathrooms are enormous with beautiful marble, a stash of Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, thick towels and robes, and hand lotion made by a Santa Barbara business.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS: The Dining Room and Terrace serves three meals a day with panoramic views of the city and shoreline. Crafty cuisine uses local and organic ingredients, and I liked the little extras like the welcome smoothie at breakfast. A separate menu for children is another special perk for families. Afternoon tea in the lounge is a great way to kick back when relaxing in the California hillside, but the lobby bar is great for pre or post-dinner tipples. Guests can order refreshments by the pool or to their rooms for indoor dining, which is especially nice on the terrace. The resort can also pack an artisanal picnic basket if you want to explore a hillside hike or beachfront snack.
LEISURE FACILITIES: An outdoor pool with an infinity edge is the perfect spot for photos, but there is no shortage of gardens around the property. Outdoor meditation or yoga is easy to do here, and the well-stocked fitness center has modern equipment, plentiful towels and fridge of chilled water. Jogging around the hillside is another way to explore this residential neighborhood. Massage and beauty treatments in the spa plus a roster of outdoor activities, including bikes to borrow are available to guests.
BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES: Indoor and outdoor space for business meetings and social events is everywhere here and popular with groups that want to be nestled in the hills yet close to the beach. From modern boardrooms and ballrooms on the second floor of the main building to outdoor patio space and gardens, groups can decide from a variety of setups and privacy.
VERDICT: The privacy and views of El Encanto are among its best features, but the impressive accommodations and even more doting service give them a run for their money.
Belmond El Encanto
Located in Santa Barbara, California, Belmond El Encanto is a hotel wedding venue. It has recently been restored to include more modern amenities while paying homage to its original Spanish-colonial style of craftsmanship. Stretching over seven acres of garden, it offers stunning views of the American Riviera. Since opening in 1918, it has provided its guests with a combination of luxury and comfort. The resort exudes an air of peace and relaxation, ideal for easing any wedding stresses or worries before the celebration begins. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available for all stages of the wedding, from an engagement dinner to the reception. Elopements are also welcomed.
Facilities and Capacity
Belmond El Encanto offers several event spaces for couples to choose from. Due to its sunny location, it is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and receptions and provides naturally stunning backdrops for wedding photos. It can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests, whether that is outside in the Arbor by the lily pond or inside in the Riviera Ballroom. Ideal for a fairytale-feel, the Arbor offers a tranquil setting for guests to mingle and catch up with each other. The ballroom measures over 3,000 square feet and includes an elegant heated patio. The Channel Islands room and terrace is is a combination of indoor and outdoor event spaces. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking views from the terrace or relax in nearby gracefully decorated reception rooms. For a more intimate feel, the Fireside Room and Patio offer coziness alongside the hotel’s innate elegance. It also boasts incredible views of the Channel Islands across the waters of the Pacific, which guests can enjoy from the pool patio. An onsite spa offers the couple a chance to relax and be pampered for a few hours before their wedding. The hotel features 92 suites, bungalows, and rooms, and is located just nine miles from Santa Barbara airport, making it perfect for out-of-town guests.
To unwind, Belmond El Encanto features a new, zero-edge swimming pool where guests can unwind and enjoy the warm California sun. The hotel’s own wedding experts are on hand to support couples through the planning process, using their expansive knowledge of the venue and local area. Menus can be customized for each celebration, using locally produced wines. This hotel also welcomes couples on their honeymoon.
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Helpful Info & FAQs
Yes, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara has a hotel pool.
The checking times for El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara are between 4:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The minimum age to check-in is 18.
This El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara's check-out time is 12:00 PM.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara is a part of Belmond Hotels.
The address for El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara is 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, California 93103
Based on recent averages, the price for tonight can start at 800.
Based on recent averages, the room rate for this weekend can be as low as 800 per night.
The El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara was built in 1918.
The El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara has a total of 92 guest rooms.
This Santa Barbara hotel has 1 floors. The hotel has 32 building/tower.
Travelers find this hotel Good for Business Travelers, Pet Friendly, Good for a Romantic Getaway. Other themes include Luxury, Adventure sport, Beach, Spa, Spa, Romantic, Adventure sport, Winery, Boutique.
EL ENCANTO, A BELMOND HOTEL, SANTA BARBARA is within minutes from Mission Santa Barbara - 1.3 km / 0.8 mi , Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra - 1.4 km / 0.9 mi and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - 1.5 km / 0.9 mi
The preferred airport for El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara is Los Angeles Intl. (LAX). The airport is conveniently located when visiting this Santa Barbara hotel.
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Known for its iconic collection of small boutique hotels and resorts, Orient-Express knew just what it was doing when it acquired the property in 2004 for $26 million. At that time, the hotel was in serious need of renovation, and so it was closed in 2006.
The property first became the fashionable El Encanto in the 1920s, and over the years it hosted the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Hedy Lamarr, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Kennedy Jr., Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand, Wolfgang Puck and Leonardo DiCaprio. They often stayed in the Wishing Well suite (formerly the Presidential Suite), with its 1,000 square feet of space and its own front porch.
Working steadily with the Santa Barbara Landmarks Commission, Orient-Express spent $109 million to rebuild the El Encanto and completely refurbish its 92 rooms and suites. The hotel reopened its doors last March, reflecting a California splendor that is no longer easy to find.
Accommodations: El Encanto features California Mission and Craftsman-style bungalow accommodations, designed over the past century, with wooden porches and period décor. It offers 70 rooms and 22 suites, including 63 with gas fireplaces, 40 with private terraces, 21 with coastal views and 11 with garden views.
King and double rooms range from 350 to 600 square feet, while suites are mostly 600 to 650 square feet with the exception of six specialty suites that are 800 to 1,100 square feet. Rooms feature wood floors with plush and tasteful Oriental-style carpeting, large beds with soft, plump European bedding, comfortable craftsman lounge chairs and ottomans and an ample desk. Rooms feature large flat screen TVs and working fireplaces.
Bathrooms have heated marble floors, double sinks, gold-plated fixtures and deep soaking tubs. There is plenty of side space around the tub and a complimentary urn of aromatic bath salts to complement the Acgua di Parma bathroom amenities. There’s also a separate marble shower stall with a rain shower, a separate commode room, and dressing area with built-in wall closet, full-length mirror, drawers, safe and plenty of storage space.
Wi-Fi is complimentary, and there are plenty of contemporary outlets around the desk area to power all devices as well as an iPod stand with speakers. The Los Angeles Times is delivered early in the morning.
Public Spaces: The lobby building, located at the heart of the hotel, separate from the bungalows, opens up to a wide dining terrace with views of the Pacific. While this popular spot also received a facelift, very little has been changed over the decades while the venue has hosted Santa Barbara blue bloods and local celebrities.
The hotel’s reception area is easy and uncomplicated for guests checking in and is located just steps away from a library parlor with overstuffed seating, shelves full of art books, and a large fireplace. This is where the hotel serves afternoon tea, complete with homemade scones. Nearby is a grand piano and on weekends a Sinatra-like singer performs.
Just beneath the lobby, there’s a 3,000-square-foot ballroom with windows offering views of the Pacific. The function space is perfect for wedding receptions and events that seat up to 160 guests. El Encanto has a total of 12,460 square feet of function space holding 30 to 200 guests.
Dining: Food at El Encanto is clearly a major draw. Chef Patrice Martineau’s resume includes stints at Peter at The Peninsula Tokyo, The Savoy in London, Daniel in New York City, mentoring by Christophe Cussac and plenty of television appearances on the BBC.
Dishes fuse Santa Barbara’s local fare with California contemporary cuisine and bring in influences from trendy French and classic Japanese food. Guests can enjoy such delicacies as abalone, along with risottos, creative California salads, New York cuts and even DB-style burgers. Entrees run $20 to $54 for dinner, a bit less at lunch, and desserts are $10.
Pool & Spa: A heated and very quiet pool faces the Pacific. The Spa at El Encanto, a full-service facility with seven treatment rooms, is located in the lobby building and contains a large steam room and a plush central waiting area complete with teas and dried fruit. Treatments run 50 and 80 minutes with a full menu, including four-hand massage, active organic facials and Pinot scrubs. For each season, a special spa package is created using local garden herbs, including basil, sage or peppermint. Sessions start at $160, although multi-treatment gift packages begin at $345.
Activities & Excursions: Guests usually come to the El Encanto seeking rest and quiet, but not far from the property is the old Santa Barbara Mission (circa 1786) as well as trails and parks through the old California oaks that surround the hotel. Downtown Santa Barbara is just 10 minutes away with stylish shopping, dining and walking on State Street to the beach.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art features an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings and photography from Europe, Asia and the U.S. Admission is $10. Great beaches lie just south in Carpentaria. Ojai, on the way to Los Angeles, is a quaint artists’ colony hidden in the mountains that makes for a memorable day trip.
Key Selling Points: El Encanto is the only Orient-Express (now Belmond) property in California and one of only four in the entire U.S. The level of luxury offered is evident in the service, which is subtle, hidden. Staff members instantly take care of any request without question or concern.
Bungalows are private and noise is not a problem. Indeed, guests rarely run into other guests. For those who like to wander, there are several magical places to see, such as the lily pond, which is a great spot for weddings, but is otherwise a quiet and meditative place to visit. There’s also the wishing well and its views of the ocean, the lobby terrace and the streets of the neighborhood that climb and wind to reveal Old California mansions high above the surf.
El Encanto is a sure bet for those who want a quick getaway or those coming from afar desiring a luxurious and refined property on the California coast. The property is also perfect for destination weddings and honeymoons. Couples enjoying their golden years also can appreciate the ease of El Encanto and its slow-paced, unintimidating élan. The property’s lower price points are not out of line with what hotels in Los Angeles charge, but rooms here come with spectacular views and magnificent grounds. In addition, Santa Barbara itself has its own charms, including eclectic galleries, boutiques and lots of great streets for strolling.
Rates & Commission: Rates range from $350 to $1,800 per night depending on the room selected, the day of the week and the time of year. Commission is 10 percent.
El Encanto also offers a number of packages. For example, the Monarch Butterfly Migration package celebrates when the Monarch butterflies migrate to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve near Santa Barbara. The package, which runs through March 15, includes seasonal rates for luxury accommodations, $60 daily breakfast credit per room, signature Monarch cocktails for two, and one healing cocoon spa treatment per room per stay.
A gourmet package targeting guests who appreciate seasonal Californian cuisine and an extensive list of regional wines, includes seasonal rates for luxury accommodations, welcome amenities, a $60 daily breakfast credit per room, and a $150 dinner credit per room per stay.
Location: El Encanto is less than a two-hour drive from Los Angeles International Airport. Alternatively, the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is just 15 minutes away.
El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara's most enchanting hideaway - Hollywood glamour in a modern classic.
Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic escape offers the 92 California-styled Bungalows and the best views of the American Riviera. Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara's social scene ever since.
The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. It's the kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.
Nestled between lush green mountains and a crystal blue sea, Belmond El Encanto sits atop a Santa Barbara hill just minutes away from exquisite restaurants, fine galleries, boutique wineries and the beautiful California coast. Santa Barbara’s reputation as the American Riviera is well-earned by the temperate weather and sophisticated ambiance of this Mission Canyon city.
92 Suites & Bungalows infused with the textures and hues of the West Coast, each Bungalow or Suite brings the best of the outdoors inside. Private Bungalows boast king-size beds, marble bathrooms, garden seating and soothing heated stone floors. Suites offer added levels of luxury, with charming open-hearth fireplaces or patios to unwind on in privacy.
The Spa and Fitness Center
The Spa at Belmond El Encanto is a serene 4,500-square-foot oasis featuring seven spacious treatment rooms, including a couples room and a wet treatment room. Guests revive with an assortment of seasonal, organic and specialty body and facial treatments that enchant as thoroughly as our lush setting. The serene, co-ed relaxation lounge invites surrender. Lavish mens and ladies lounges offer steam rooms, showers, private lockers, vanities and dressing areas. The pampering concludes with a selection of detox teas enjoyed on the outdoor patio.
Those seeking nail services will find expert professionals along with manicure and pedicure stations that merge fun and primping for your whole party. In essence, The Spa at Belmond El Encanto offers a charming setting for releasing your stress or spending an afternoon with friends.
Complimentary access to the fitness center includes:
- Cutting-edge cardio equipment
- TRX training system
- Kinesis fitness products
- Complimentary daily fitness classes and stellar personal training
Best of the Best
Health & Safety
We have outlined the main procedures regarding your stay below. For more information on Belmond’s commitment to safe travel, please see https://www.belmond.com/legal/coronavirus
Please bring your own face covering or mask to the Hotel. The Santa Barbara County Health Department requires masks to be worn in almost all Santa Barbara public areas, restaurants, grocery stores, shops, and parks.
Please be aware that we may ask you to undergo a contactless temperature check on arrival.
As you would expect, we remain uncompromising in our approach to cleanliness. We have collaborated with leading health and hygiene authorities to ensure our guests, employees and community are protected.
Please request the following services if you would like them: turn down amenity, mini-bar, complimentary tea, laundry service, magazines, and other additional housekeeping services.
Our restaurant and outdoor terrace have been spaced according to the latest state and local guidelines regarding social distancing.
Unfortunately, at this time, our spa and fitness center will remain closed during your stay.
There will be limited availability at the pool to meet physical distancing requirements. In addition, we are asking all pool guests to shower before and after using the pool. For more information, please visit or call the Front Desk.
Belmond El Encanto has dreamed of Zero Waste, an achievement not reached by any other Santa Barbara hotel. We replaced disposable items with earth-friendly, compostable ones. We incorporated compostable food waste, increased our recycling and decreased our regular trash. As of November 2019, we accomplished our goal of ZERO WASTE, WHICH IS 90% LANDFILL DIVERSION!
We've hosted blood drives, donated to multiple animal shelters, had successful food drives, supported Breast Cancer Resource Center, Toys for Tots, and the SB Natural History Museum. Over Thanksgiving we provide meals to Girls, Inc. of Greater SB, our local Fire Station 7, and Boys & Girls Club.
We've planted shrubs and trees for the areas devastated by the Thomas Fire, we spent Earth Day doing habitat restoration work at the SB Botanic Garden, we hosted a beach cleanup for Kids to Parks Day, and we made multiple trips to Channel Islands National Park to help repair their natural ecosystem.
- Free newspaper
- Coffee/tea maker
- Daily housekeeping
- Soundproofed rooms
- Hypo-allergenic bedding available
- Individually furnished
- Turndown service
- Individually decorated
- Free bottled water
- Towels provided
- Free local calls
- Bed sheets provided
- Pillow menu
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Espresso maker
- LCD TV
- Hair dryer
- Iron/ironing board
- Portable bathtub seat
- Premium TV channels
- No rollaway/extra beds
- Deep soaking bathtub
- Heated floor
- Heated floors
- Wardrobe or closet
- Connecting/adjoining rooms available
- Toilet paper
- In-room safe (laptop compatible)
- Free cribs/infant beds
- Satellite TV service
- Room service (24 hours)
- Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
- Free WiFi
- Access via exterior corridors
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- Designer toiletries
- Laptop-friendly workspace
- In-room climate control (air conditioning)
- In-room massage available
- Premium bedding
- Pay movies
- iPod docking station
- Separate bathtub and shower
- Pet-friendly room
- Down comforter
- Shower/tub combination
- Roll-in shower
- Accessible bathtub
- Visual fire alarm
- Doorbell/telephone notification
- Lever door handles
- Wheelchair-width doorways
- Telephone accessibility kit
- Bathroom grab bars
- Wheelchair accessible
- Separate sitting area
- Separate dining area
- Furnished balcony or patio
- Paper towels
- Fitness facilities
- 24-hour front desk
- Poolside bar
- Business center
- Express check-out
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Outdoor pool
- Limo or Town Car service available
- Valet parking (surcharge)
- Computer station
- Food and water bowls
- Conference space size (meters) - 855
- Number of meeting rooms - 5
- Luggage storage
- Hair salon
- Mountain biking nearby
- Concierge services
- Gift shops or newsstand
- Shopping on site
- Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
- Pool umbrellas
- Fireplace in lobby
- Free bicycles on site
- Couples/private dining
- Private picnics
- Coffee/tea in common areas
- Rooftop terrace
- Full-service spa
- Private winery tours
- Conference space
- Spa treatment room(s)
- Tours/ticket assistance
- Electric car charging station
- Steam room
- Free WiFi
- Pool sun loungers
- Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
- Smoke-free property
- Hiking/biking trails nearby
- Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
- Free area shuttle
- Breakfast available (surcharge)
- Number of restaurants - 2
- Conference space size (feet) - 9200
- Laundry facilities
- Wheelchair accessible path of travel
- Accessible bathroom
- Roll-in shower
- Wheelchair accessible parking
- Wedding services
- In-room accessibility
- Assistive listening devices available
- Wheelchair-accessible van parking
- Braille or raised signage
- Valet for wheelchair-equipped vehicle
- Multilingual staff
- Wheelchair-accessible spa
- Wheelchair-accessible pool
- Free newspapers in lobby
- Year Built - 1918
- Total number of rooms - 92
- Number of floors - 1
- Number of buildings/towers - 32
Mission Santa Barbara - 1.3 km / 0.8 mi
Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra - 1.4 km / 0.9 mi
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - 1.5 km / 0.9 mi
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum - 1.6 km / 1 mi
Alice Keck Memorial Garden - 1.6 km / 1 mi
Alameda Park - 1.7 km / 1.1 mi
Santa Barbara Bowl - 1.9 km / 1.2 mi
Arlington Theater - 2.2 km / 1.4 mi
Granada Theatre - 2.2 km / 1.4 mi
Santa Barbara Public Market - 2.3 km / 1.4 mi
Santa Barbara County Courthouse - 2.3 km / 1.4 mi
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park - 2.3 km / 1.4 mi
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - 2.4 km / 1.5 mi
La Arcada - 2.5 km / 1.5 mi
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum - 2.5 km / 1.5 mi
The nearest airports are:
Los Angeles Intl. (LAX) - 156.4 km / 97.2 mi
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) - 16.7 km / 10.4 mi
Santa Ynez, CA (SQA) - 46.5 km / 28.9 mi
The preferred airport for El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara is Los Angeles Intl. (LAX).
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Gaze out across the Pacific while soaking up the sun in our lavish zero-edge swimming pool. It’s the perfect setting to unwind and acclimatize to El Encanto’s easygoing lifestyle.
Social distancing rules are in place for our swimming pool.
The pool is open from 6am to 10pm.
It is attended from 7:30am to 6pm, with service from 11am to 6pm.
Seven acres of gloriously landscaped gardens offer sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Drift through the rare flora and make the most of the balmy West Coast evenings.
The Best Hotels In Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara is all about the Pacific Ocean and unique places to take it in, like the Coral Casino . [+] Pool at Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, Santa Barbara.
With gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, palatial Spanish-style architecture and famous residents like Oprah Winfrey, it’s no wonder Santa Barbara is often referred to as The American Riviera.
Home to historic landmarks including the Santa Barbara Mission, this coastal California city is also a mecca for art lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and foodies. Add nearly perfect weather, and it becomes a great year-round destination, especially if you’re looking for a little upscale R&R. Or a B&B.
Here are some of Santa Barbara’s most pampering properties.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
The gorgeous gardens at the iconic Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, Santa Barbara
This iconic luxury hotel has been attracting celebrities since it opened more than 90 years ago. The 22-acre property is an unparalleled mixture of California history and impeccable Four Seasons’ service. Settle in to one of the casually chic Spanish Colonial villas or bungalows filled with custom handcrafted furnishings, original artwork and beautiful objets d’art. Whether you stroll along Butterfly Beach, take a guided botanical tour or park yourself at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club or in the award-winning Spa, you’ll want to wind down by the fire in Ty Lounge with an Original Moscow Mule.
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Kimpton Canary Hotel
The views are stunning from the rooftop of the Kimpton Canary Hotel.
Kimpton hotels are renowned for providing a quintessential local experience, and the Canary’s highly coveted location lets you take in 360-degree views from the largest rooftop pool in Santa Barbara or take a short walk (or ride on a complimentary bike) to State Street, Funk Zone or the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This Spanish-style boutique hotel indulges guests with four-poster canopy beds featuring cushy pillow-top mattresses, Frette linens and Atelier Bloem bath products. You probably wouldn’t even leave your room except for the fact that Canary hosts a daily wine hour and houses Finch & Fork, where executive chef Peter Cham, a Santa Barbara native, creates California cuisine “to dine for.”
Santa Barbara Inn
The Santa Barbara Inn's lovely lobby.
The views are the real stars at the Santa Barbara Inn, an oceanfront gem where each of the 70 rooms and suites offers a private balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Stearns Wharf, the Channel Islands or the Santa Ynez Mountains. All rooms have recently been redesigned to reflect an elegant Spanish-Mediterranean style, and a brand-new fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment and inspiring ocean views. Start your day with complimentary breakfast on the outdoor terrace at Convivo Restaurant and come back later to watch the sun set over the Pacific while you dine on wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood and homemade pasta.
Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto is Santa Barbara's only Forbes Five-Star hotel.
With some of the best views of the American Riviera, the glamorous Belmond El Encanto has been a center of Santa Barbara’s social scene since it opened more than a century ago. Perched high in the hills and surrounded by seven acres of secluded gardens, this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hideaway (the only Five-Star hotel in Santa Barbara) features 92 suites, bungalows and rooms that fuse California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial style to create serene sanctuaries. This year, to commemorate its milestone of “101 years on Highway 101,” the Belmond El Encanto is taking things up yet another notch with movie nights under the stars, lawn games, limited edition picnic hampers and exclusive celebration cocktails.
This stunning guest reception area welcomes you to Hotel Californian.
Welcome to the Hotel Californian—such a lovely place and the new center of the Santa Barbara waterfront. Incorporating the façade of the original 1925 hotel, this 121-room seaside destination boasts a rooftop pool and event deck with panoramic views of the coastline and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Located just steps from the beach, the hotel features Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with Moroccan influences and unexpected custom furnishings from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Ballard. Rooms and suites are named after the Moorish Troubadours of medieval Spain and turndown service includes unexpected touches like poems or quotations. Be sure to book a spa treatment at the blissful Majorelle and dinner at the L’Assiette Michelin-recommended Blackbird.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offers breathtaking ocean views.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Set on 78 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara is all about the water. Escape to the tranquility of two beaches, three infinity pools and a 42,000-square-foot spa where you’ll be pampered with unique treatments like the Spirulina Wrap, which uses live spirulina algae to revitalize the skin. Or just take a long, relaxing bath in the deep soaking tub in your room. Each of the hotel’s six restaurants pairs ocean views with delightful dishes celebrating local flavors, from certified Kobe beef and seasonal sides at Angel Oak to sustainable seafood at Bacara Bar to wine flights at Foley Tasting Room.
A whimsical room at The Wayfarer.
A recent addition to Santa Barbara (it opened in 2014), this downtown boutique hotel sits on the Urban Wine Trail in the trendy Funk Zone neighborhood. With 27 private hotel rooms (and 4 shared dorm-style rooms), The Wayfarer is geared toward social travelers and features a fully-equipped community kitchen and dining room where complimentary breakfast is served every morning, onsite games like corn hole, ping pong and Giant Jenga, and a heated pool overlooking State Street. With its colorful décor and welcoming staff, the feeling is warm and the vibe is oh, so cool.
Rosewood Miramar Beach
The terrace of the Beach House Suite at Rosewood Miramar Beach is an ideal retreat.
This property just opened earlier this year, but Rosewood Miramar Beach is already making a splash as one of those rare California luxury hotels that truly warrants its “beachfront” description. The 124 guest rooms and 37 suites have a breezy yet sophisticated California coastal style, with private balconies or terraces, inviting tubs and coffee tables piled with art books. In fact, there are more than 600 pieces of art on display around the resort, which is a work of art in itself: Lush gardens, two pools, a healing spa, beautiful dining spots and, of course, the ocean and beach, make Rosewood Miramar Beach a very special place to relax and rejuvenate.