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
- 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
My wife and I did a two day midweek getaway at the Bacara. The prices are high but our room matched the best time in Crete. Really hard to leave the balcony overlooking the ocean and with the sound of the surf. The resort was 90% full but with the spreadout of buildings and rooms, it never felt crowded. We would go back but just for that room or equivalent. The top restaurant, Angel Oak, was terrific in food, drink and view. The Bistro was unfortunately not a match in menu though the buffet breakfast was great. The downside was the spa where the massage was very pricey and a B- compared to the A+ of the Ojai Inn and spa south of the Bacara. Stay but get your spa elsewhere.
The rooms were in small little villas. Some are quite far from the main lobby. They do offer rides to your room, but husband and the kids prefer to walk. Room was spacious and clean. We had a big balcony with 2 lounge chairs. If you want a quiet place to relax this property is ideal. It's secluded and far from tourist area.
Property has access to the beach, but the beach is not appealing. Property warns you regarding tar and they even provide you with tar removal wipes. However the pool was amazing, it was warm and pool side staff were very friendly. At night they weren't much activities for the kids. It's also very dark to walk around the property.
This is a huge hotel on the beach but service was excellent and friendly. Our suite was very comfortable. Overlooking the ocean, it is actually a 15 minutes drive outside Santa Barbara. We had a car so that was no problem. I would recommend it for a two night stop off on the way down the coast. Decent buffet breakfast.
I spent a few nights in this magnificent property. The gardens, the pools, the restaurants, the nature walk, the beach side and the cliff provide a wide range of experiences and entertainment.
We were positively surprised by the professionalism and the cheerful spirit of the young hires. The guys in the Valet area are fantastic and so those with the bell-cars. I encountered issues during my stay, more affecting my wife's mood than mine, but the management of my little claim was fully satisfactory.
I care to state that even at the easy-going pool-side restaurant the quality of the food option is Ritz-Carlton-fit.
The are many, many corners where you may want to sit and let time go-by: don't make your stay just a pool-thing or use the Bacara for daily trips to Santa Barbara or you'll miss its magic eco-system.
Was a guest at a destination wedding , it was fabulous. Elegant and relaxed at the same time! Event spaces and food were great! Rooms very nice.(a little dark). Coffee was sometimes available in the lobby in the morning, wine in the afternoon.
The manager was outstanding! Very proactive and attentive.(Anna?it's been a while).
Spa and that pool were outstanding.perfect temperature, staff very professional- kept on finding places for people to sit when it got crowded- I have never seen that. Great stay!!