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
VERY disappointing stay... Staff is not to the same level as other Ritz properties. This is an average Marriott at best, far from Santa Barbara and in a micro climate that brings fog most days. Valets, bar stafff, housekeeping all lack proper coaching. Rooms are dated and unclean. Requests are ignored. We have stayed at over 10 Ritz properties - this one lacks in so many ways... Read other reviews on these topics - we unfortunately found out the hard and expensive way...
I have stayed at many Ritz Carlton properties all over the world and this is by far the worst. They shouldn't even be calling this a Ritz Carlton, it doesn't live up to the brand integrity. The property is run down, old, rooms are in desperate need of remodel. Only the main lobby is nice. The spa was so drab and old. Although my treatment was nice the overall facility was very poor and dirty.
The service was horrible, we asked for a ice bucket and champagne glasses (which they charge for...i made then waive the charge) took almost an hour. Room service was equally horrible, breakfast delivery time was quoted 35-40 min took almost an hour. The service at the pool is slow and poor. They charged us for a drink they never brought cause our server forgot probably. And the pool is so DIRTY!!
Also, our room was next to the main building, there was a wedding/events going on. The music was so loud and went on till way past midnight and the hotel did nothing about it. We got horrible sleep.
The food at the Bistro is overpriced and nasty. Angel Oak was good.
Also, I had contacted the hotel prior to set up some amenities for my daughter's bday. The concierge had no clue what child amenities were. They managed to leave a dinky box of chocolate (two pieces) and a tiny turtle stuffed animal. Just to give you an example, when we stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong and it was our anniversary, the staff went all out. Champagne, loads of treats...chocolates, macarons, cookies, balloons...a Ritz Kids goody bag filled with fun things, toys, Ritz Carlton lion stuffed animals...this was ALL complimentary. It is little touches like this that make a difference in the brand and this Santa Barbara property had no clue.
DON'T waste you money here, so not worth it. Biggest disapointment ever.
I've stayed here before and it's a gorgeous property! Susan McClenathan in billing also helped me with an accounting issue that was complicated and thoughtful. Fantastic employees throughout this organization so I try to stay at the Ritz wherever possible.