Belmond El Encanto
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Comeback
- The spectacular views from the Channel Islands Terrace
- Free bicycles for guests are motorized to assist in getting back up the hill to the property
- Zero-edge pool with views of the Pacific (and poolside service), and a fitness center built under the pool
- Vegetables and herbs for the restaurant’s California cuisine are grown in the hotel gardens
What To Know
- The hotel reopened on March 18, 2013
- Although bike rentals are free, you’ll want to rent a car to really explore the area
- A $35 resort fee per night will be collected upon check-in at the hotel (and includes WiFi, bottled water, daily newspaper, coffee/tea, access to spa/gym facilities and shoe shining)
- READ MORE: 72 hours on Highway 1
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Nestled amid seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in Santa Barbara’s exclusive American Riviera neighborhood, this hideaway’s 92 suites and bungalows mix Craftsman and Mission styles, providing a secluded retreat for couples, solo travelers looking for tranquility, and (well-behaved) families. The meticulously restored gardens—plants and trees were stored and saved while the renovations took place and put back from whence they came—include camellias, tulip trees, begonias, roses and more amidst a lily pond canopied by a 100-year-old wisteria vine.
Bed & Bath
Belmond El Encanto’s California bungalow-style buildings feature two main interior styles — Craftsman or Spanish Revival Mission. All are light and airy with wood floors, and many feature fireplaces and patios or porches with space for dining al fresco. Mission-style furnishings are a mix of wood and leather couches, glass and iron tables, marble-topped minibars and wooden desks. Craftsman-style rooms are fitted with linen and wicker furnishings and wooden headboards hand-painted with cherry blossoms. The marble bathrooms are a treat, with separate rainfall showers, deep tubs, double sinks and organic amenities.
The chefs blend artisanal ingredients with rich flavors at Belmond El Encanto’s signature restaurant, incorporating locally-sourced seasonal produce of the Santa Barbara region into his inventive California Coastal cuisine. Expect herbs directly from the chef’s garden and Belmond El Encanto cheese, each block made from the milk of Ellie, the resort’s cow. No matter what you order, the Santa Barbara–specific wine list will wow any oenophile. Also on offer? A zero-edge pool, spa, fitness room, sundry shop and a book-filled library with a fireplace.
In the Area
Jazz crooner Luca Ellis entertains guests in the cozy, modern Lobby Bar several nights a week. Grab a cocktail and take a trip down memory lane with tunes from the Great American Songbook. Catch up on your West Coast history at the “Queen of the California Missions,” the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara. Be sure to listen for the ringing of the church bells. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the lovely Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are great places to take the kids. The Riviera Movie Theater, which shows first-run art films, is within walking distance.
How to Get There
Lovely hotel, we took refuge here with our beloved little pets, and felt so welcomed. Charming establishment where best of SOCal merges with charm of Europe.
It is modern yet rustic, a boutique establishment. Reminiscent of a European countryside perhaps in the region of Normandy France or some where in Tuscany. Highly recommend this hotel, it is not your typical high-rise box with long hallways and "cookie cutter" decor, and they truly pet friendly, not faux pet friendly, they treat the pets as well as they treat their human guests, providing a special menu, special welcome and private "weewee" proof bedding and dinnerware just for them!
Can't really fault this place - great service, terrace and poolside vibe. Service was great as one would expect from a Belmond hotel - the hotel made for a great base for this stage of our Californian trip.
If I had to nitpick:
1) the room was sumptuous, well-appointed and large. However it was the ground floor of a 2 storey bungalow and as a consequence there wasn't really a view to speak of
2) I had paid for a bottle of champagne on ice to be in the room for our arrival but it wasn't there.
Overall I would recommend this hotel wholeheartedly.
Loved my stay at El Encanto. The resort is beautiful, the service is excellent, breakfast on the porch overlooking the pacific and Santa Barbara is enchanting!
Got to love the heated floors in the bathroom and the turndown service as well...
Stayed on site for work which turned into an amazing get away and a special experience. The staff through and through were fantastic and accommodating. The entire property was amazing from every aspect. Everything about this place was unique and contains the best views of the beautiful city along with the mountains behind it. Belmond El Encanto is a must stay.
This was my first time staying at The Belmond El Encanto and from the second I pulled up to the property I was we were in awe. My boyfriend & I were in town from Montana to celebrate our 4th anniversary and were treated as royalty. When we walked into our beautiful suite (room 901, request it if you can!) we were greeted with champagne, treats, balloons, and a beautiful card to wish us well on our anniversary.
The rest of the stay with complete bliss, every evening the turndown service was impeccable with water and slippers near our bed. On our last night there we were welcomed again with treats, a card and beautiful bottle of wine.
I want to give a special thank you to Macy Weiser, the VIP Executive Assistant who went above and beyond to make us feel so special for our stay. Thank you so much Macy, we appreciated everything you did for us and cannot wait to visit again soon!