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Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, California

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Belmond El Encanto

A treasured landmark restored and re-imagined as an up-to-date boutique hotel in ever-popular Santa Barbara.

The Scoop

Built in the 1920s and lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail, El Encanto; meaning The Enchanted; is perched on seven eucalyptus-studded acres draping along Santa Barbara's Riviera. Recently named a Forbes Five-Star resort, the storied hotel featuring carefully curated works by Charles Arnoldi and commissioned pieces by Damien Hirst, has hosted presidents and a parade of glam Hollywood stars from Clark Gable to Leonardo DiCaprio. The terrace and poolside sundeck reveal magnificent sweeping views of the city and the ocean below. All Mission or Craftsman-style original bungalows have private gardens or terraces and shine in new splendor with 21st century added creature comforts like iPod docks, widescreen LCD TVs and heated bathroom floors. Stop by the beautifully appointed spa, which uses proprietary lemongrass-sage oils made from herbs grown in the hotel's garden. All that sea air whetting your appetite? Enjoy dinner at the on-site restaurant where chef Patrice Martineau cooks up modern California coastal cuisine with Asian and French touches such as Fricassée of local vegetables and Confit Jidori Chicken Breast.

Insider Tips

Make sure to taste the chef's version of El Encanto's legendary Floating Island meringue and crème anglaise dessert based on a recipe that dates back to 1920.

Worth the wait: Spa patrons are pampered with complimentary Prosecco while relaxing in the Serenity Lounge before treatment.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), which is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 20 minutes of travel time. You may also elect to arrive at Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR), which is about 90 miles (95 minutes) from the hotel.

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, California, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sun Deck w/ Loungers
  • Gardens
  • Spa on property
  • Relaxation Lounge
  • Fitness Studio
  • Guest Services
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Gardens or Patios
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wide-screen LCD TVs
  • iPod Docking Stations
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Rainforest Showers
  • Separate Bath Tubs
  • Large Writing Desks
  • Mini Bars
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Terrace Dining
  • Bar + Lounge
  • Private Dining
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Santa Barbara

Palm-lined beaches, impressive historic Spanish Colonial architecture and almost 100 wineries in the nearby vicinity topped off with 300 days of fair weather per year.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Palate-pleasing dishes made from locally sourced organic ingredients are Downey's signature trait. Tranquil surroundings allow you to focus on superb French-Californian fusion cuisine. Go with the seasonal 4-course prix fixe tasting menu. We recommend the chocolate cake topped with crème anglaise to round of your meal. Dinner for two $110.
1305 State Street, Santa Barbara.
1-805-966-5006
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Where to Drink: Finch & Fork serves artsy cocktails in a fuss-free environment. Order the refreshing Yellow Brick Road cocktail made with Bols Genever, tangerine, mint and cucumber. Pair it with one of the artisan flatbreads. Drinks for two $22.
31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara.
1-805-879-9100
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Where to Shop: Even if shopping doesn't rule your to-do list, walk down historic State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. 13 blocks of historic buildings, restaurants, bars and galleries share the boulevard with a mix of mainstream and small business retailers.
State Street, Santa Barbara.
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Outdoor Excursion: Discover the famed Central Coast wine country by bike with Santa Barbara Adventure Company. Pedal along the mostly flat terrain to the Foxen Trail or Santa Rita Hills. Both regions are replete with renowned wineries. The all-day tour includes lunch and all tasting room fees. $159 per person.
720 Bond Avenue, Santa Barbara.
1-877-885-9283
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Sun, sea+lush hills all the way to the horizon.

Sun, sea+lush hills all the way to the horizon.

Why Go Now

October 4, 2014
Great Grape Stomp
Santa Ynez Kalyra Vineyard's annual festival features barefoot grape stomping, incredible food, live music, vineyard hay rides, and, of course, lots of wine and reserve tastings by the winemaker.
343 N.Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez.

October 2014
epicure.sb
31-day food and drink celebration including gourmet prix fixe and surprise menus, tastings and events.
Various locations around Santa Barbara.

December 5 - 7, 2014
Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace
The largest folk art show in SoCal presents food and artisanal items sourced from more than 50 countries.
Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, California

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