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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Classic Santa Barbara-area celeb hideout mixing beach bumming with wine tasting and a sprawling spa

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 2666 Reviews
Outstanding Service at the Ritz!!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Santa Barbara over the weekend for a quick birthday getaway with the kids. The resort was well maintained, and the staff was fabulous! A simple dinner at the casual bistro was delicious- and the chef took time to make my gluten-free entree separately. The waitress knew it was my birthday and not only comp'd my cocktail, but served me dessert, and gave me a flower and a really nice logo coffee mug! (The staff signed a card too!) Our room was a nice size and we enjoyed the large soaking tub in the bathroom. The balcony was a good size and the seating outside was extremely comfortable! The large pool was very nice and always heated to 82 degrees. We spent two nights at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara and enjoyed it very much. A very nice touch when leaving was the valet gave us all bottles of water and a snack for the road! Would highly recommend for a special weekend getaway!

Be Treated like Kings and Queens
Reviewed 3 days ago

At the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, staff is not only trained to treat guests with the utmost hospitality, but they act on it. All employees have a good idea of what all other employees do, so they are able to understand their guests and their accommodations to the utmost degree. In a beautiful setting, guests may enjoy the pool, finest dining, beach walks, and luxurious rooms. A 1/4 nature trail emphasizes the significance of the Native American Chumash people alongside the hotel--the history of the place is as important as the hotel itself. Service is over the top. I write this with some credentials, that my daughter is the concierge there!

Awesome beach hotel, staff employees, and rooms.
Reviewed 4 days ago

Attended the weekend of World of Pinot event with my wife and friends.
Welcome Sangria drinks, awesome front desk service person name Candice, who make our check-in pleasurable and smooth. Grayson, hotel cart driver got us out of his way our sangria drinks after the happy hour time. He also gave us a tour around of the property before dropping is off in our villa room.

Beautiful awesome oceanfront view from our 4th floor room. Welcome bottle of Pinot Noir, fireplace and private balcony. Too bad weather did not cooperate during over visit until our last day.

Dined at Angel Oak restaurant, excellent wine list and all food our party ordered were all delicious.

Bianca front desk employee made our check-out fast and smooth, even gave me and my wife a compliment champagne. Bianca was very professional, friendly and attentive in getting our check-out experience.

We have visited other Ritz Carlton properties and this one rank of the best experience we've had.

Expensive, but worth it
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed at the Ritz on our way up the coast. Great stopping place between SoCal and San Francisco -luxurious hotel that is on a secluded, quiet beach north of Santa Barbara. We stayed in a std king room that was beautifully(and tastefully)decorated, with a gas fireplace and a spacious balcony that gave us a glimpse of the Pacific. Definitely worthwhile to get a room with a view, but all the rooms appear to be very nice,overlooking courtyards.

One watchout is that the resort is on a hillside which is rather steep and you have to walk between units to get to the lobby, bar, restaurant, etc., so folks who are aren’t so mobile will need to be requesting rides from the bell/concierge desk to get around the complex, which is quite spread out. We didn’t have any problems ourselves and loved the views and gorgeous landscaping around the hotel.

Some folks have written that this recently acquired hotel doesn’t live up to Ritz standards -they definitely are provided us Ritz level service and common areas like the lobby which have been upgraded are truly what you’d expect from a Ritz. Rooms are spacious, appointed well and maybe just a notch below the more luxurious Ritz rooms.

Not cheap to stay here, but a good value for a Ritz property in a very nice setting/location.

Wonderful Location, Amazing Service!
Reviewed 7 days ago

Stayed there with entire family while doing university visits with our daughter.

Location - Setting is next to cliffs overseeing beach. We had two suites on 3rd floor in building 17 that overlooked pool with slightly obstructed view of ocean.

Amenities - We were only there for one night but pools were all heated. Facility very well maintained. We had breakfast at bistro overlooking ocean. Food quality was great.

Service - Exceptional! What you expect from Ritz, but well delivered, none-the-less. Ryan C. went out of his way and made my 12 year old daughter’s day.

Ryan - She has been showing everybody your card and telling the story over and over to anybody that will listen. She even posted it on Instagram and has all her friends at home laughing about it. It was a wonderful way to connect. Thank you.

I am Ambassador level with Marriott but really think the great service I received would have happened regardless.

Joe