The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
What We Love
- The only Santa Barbara area resort directly on the beach
- Tee times available at Sandpiper Golf Course, adjacent to the resort
- It is paparazzi-free and thus popular with Hollywood celebs wanting to sneak away for the weekend
What To Know
- Guestrooms will be given a fresh face during a renovation from May to July 2015; Miró restaurant is closed and will be replaced by a new eatery opening in early 2016
- Bacara is in Goleta, which is about a 20-minute drive west of Santa Barbara. You will need a car to sightsee
- A note in the room warns visitors they may encounter “naturally occurring tar” on the beach; baby oil/tar-off is available
- A $25 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Santa Barbara and its scenic coastline, backed by the Santa Ynez Mountains, attract well-heeled travelers from around the globe, as well as Southern Californians looking for a quick escape. Nestled on 78 gently sloping beachfront acres, Bacara Resort & Spa is the only luxury property set directly on the Pacific. The decor mixes Mediterranean materials with East Coast sensibilities; Spanish tile is ubiquitous, complemented by deep blues and golds with crisp white and blue striped linens and warm wood furnishings.
Bed & Bath
The resort’s 354 guestrooms and suites are scattered among more than a dozen multistory Spanish Revival buildings spread over 78 acres. Each unit has an attractive courtyard with gurgling fountains or lush landscaping. All rooms and suites have patios or balconies; half the rooms and all suites have fireplaces. The marble bathrooms are ample, with deep soaking tubs, separate showers and Frette robes and towels.
This is a retreat as grand as the landscape; in the span of a single day you can explore a wild beach, kick back in the 42,000-square-foot spa, relax in the three saltwater pools and take in a flick in the 211-seat screening room. Onsite shopping at the three boutiques features the likes of Prada, Diane von Furstenberg and Twill Twenty Two. Then there are the two restaurants—the Bistro for casual bites; Blend for a cup of joe and grab-n-go snacks; and, for the diet and health-conscious, the seasonal Spa Café. The resident sommelier is both nice and knowledgeable, expertly helping you navigate the 12,000 labels on their list at the Foley tasting room.
In the Area
Sample wine at 18 of the region’s best wineries, from the Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara and Summerland. Or, walk the adjacent Haskell’s Beach, a wild, bluff-backed public beach named for a local surfer, and get out there and ride your own wave. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum covers the region’s history from Native Americans to surfers and is set in an earthy yet elegant adobe building with a picturesque courtyard complete with fountain.
How to Get There
You totally feel like you’re on vacation when you stay at The Ritz Bacara. The setting is idyllic and the service is great. The food is exceptional although expensive...they know they have you because the town of Santa Barbara is a 15-20 minute drive.
The beds are really comfortable. And while I understand that the decor of the rooms is reflective of the historic and quintessential Ritz ‘way’, they could use a little bit of an update and modernization.
Great on-site gym and spa.
Bacara is an exceptional hotel and resort. The views are stunning and the rooms are as well. The service is perfect with highly trained staff that care about their guests bring happy. Customer service is a thing of the pst. Not at Bacara!! It you want to stay at a beautiful resort with exceptional service this is your place. It's very very expensive but it is the best.
This property is beautiful but not for everyone. All of the villas (rooms) are on a very steep hill. You have to walk down from the lobby to your room, the pool and the restaurant. To get back to your room or the lobby, you have to climb up the very steep hill. If you are older or if you have health issues, this is not the hotel for you. The rooms are lovely and the staff was very efficient.