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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The crown jewel of Santa Barbara sparkles with lush gardens, a pool, spa and modern Cali cuisine

The Look

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

Belmond El Encanto
800 Alvarado Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States


Amazing Experience

The staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, the housekeeping was impeccable, the location was gorgeous, the room service was timely and delicious, and we could not have been happier. We would definitely come back again.

best ever

just stayed at belmond el encanto for sons wedding. it was perfect in every way. half guests from australia and rest from all over america. we all had the best time bonding by the pool during the day and drinking in the bar at night. the restaurant terrace is spectacular for every meal, no need to ever leave the hotel. the wedding ceremony and reception both at belmond and you couldn't fault a thing. the food was delicious. our room was beautiful and the house keeping some of best i have experienced in other 5 star hotels. we will definitely return, recommend and look foe other belmond hotels around the world.

A must stay

We thought the staff was outstanding. The views from the hotel were incredible and the room was beyond expectations. We very much plan to come back in the future. This is one hotel that exceeded our expectations which hasn't occurred too often.