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
Parking on site
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Classic Santa Barbara-area celeb hideout mixing beach bumming with wine tasting and a sprawling spa
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.