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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 2613 Reviews
The Ritz Delivers Again
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great beach resort. My husband and I were visiting my family in southern California. My brother, his wife and kids who live in LA drove to this resort to have dinner with us on the beach. The hotel restaurant was fabulous and treated them and us like family. The kids were also entertained by the exquisite Ritz staff. Coloring books during dinner! Thanks so much for a lovely weekend!

Typical Ritz Charm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the property - it is quite large - I do wish they had some of the villas spaced out more - since they clearly have the acreage. In some parts it felt like you were walking through a nice apartment complex because of how close the 'villas' are.

Food and beverage options are ridiculous - like 5$ for a glass of milk. But that is to be expected.

Stellar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing facility. Great rooms for half the price of the Four Seasons. On the sand and hear the waves crashing in the morning. Great restaurant with extensive menu prepared perfectly. Our new SB place to stay.

I really wanted to like but did not deliver on 5 star resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately not up to the standards of a 5 star hotel and one major location issue.
I just list things you would expect to be perfect.

-Bathroom sink didn't drain well
-Only one bathrobe in the room (why not two and give guest the hassle to request 2 times)
- Only one size slippers. Men size 43 and larger won't fit into those slippers and you do need some on those cold tile floors
-Requests have been forgotten or slow to be delivered.
-First night great until guest next door checked in. You can hear every word and those guest weren't overly loud people. Stay away from any connecting rooms if they even have non-adjoining rooms.
-Parking and resort fee just add an additional $100/night
-Hotel needs a face lift. Although they try to keep it up its certainly doesn't have the newest and cleanest finishes.

Now the major issue I didn't like is that the resort sits on beautiful grounds but in-between some sort of oil exploration. When you walk the beach you see the refinery and the oil platforms out in the ocean. The long pier we wanted to explore I was explained is private and belongs to the oil refinery. The hotel says beach has natural tar ( which you have to clean off your feet with special oil after walking on the sand). Also the resort is a bit far from Santa Barbara and nearest town is a student town named Goleta.I am just mentioning this because it's advertised as "Ritz Carlton Santa Barbara".

Perfection is Ritz Bacara
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks to the Bacara Manager Jeanna and the staff at the Ritz our experience was nothing short of perfect.

This was a birthday getaway for my girlfriend and the added touches that Jeanna had done to our room including cake, balloons, flowers and champagne were beyond my greatest expectations.

The view from our villa paired with the incredible quality of the resort and room made this a must return destination for us.

Thanks for ensuring that our stay was nothing short of perfect!