Escape to Santa Barbara’s Belmond El Encanto

History and tradition meet modern comfort on the American Riviera

In Partnership With BELMOND


Throughout its storied past, Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara has been a retreat for locals, travelers and Hollywood elite seeking a quintessentially Californian getaway where they could soak up picture-perfect views of the American Riviera and an abundance of elegant offerings.


BELMOND EL ENCANTO features elegant 1920s-style architecture and design.


The same is just as true today as it has been for decades — perhaps now even more so, thanks to modern amenities and Belmond’s continued commitment to the comfort of its guests. Here it’s possible to fully reset and recharge while strolling through tranquil gardens, savoring California coastal cuisine or practicing self-care in a private fitness class or meditation session.

Nodding to the architecture and design of the 1920s — an era when it was popular with artists of the California Plein-Air School and a regular stomping ground for movie stars like Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard — the property features highlights of the original Spanish-colonial and Californian craftsman styles.


  BELMOND EL ENCANTO’s tranquil lawns and Santa Barbara’s pleasant weather invite outdoor leisure time.


Families, couples and solo travelers alike can find comfort in their private cottages, where they can unwind with a good book and a local wine or favorite cocktail, plus bites from the hotel’s vintage picnic menu, encompassing fresh fruit, artisanal cheeses, California-sourced salads, grain bowls and gourmet sandwiches.

Other pastimes include dining alfresco on The Terrace, visiting the beaches, roaming the hiking trails, traversing the cycling paths and exploring the city’s historic landmarks, such as Mission Santa Barbara and its stunning rose garden.


Modern amenities at BELMOND EL ENCANTO include its zero-edge pool.


Locals and past guests already know what makes this jewel of the American Riviera one of the most celebrated resorts on the West Coast. To other would-be visitors from far and wide: Your exclusive hilltop sanctuary in timeless Santa Barbara awaits.

Belmond El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara, 805-845-5800.


Feature image: Luxury resort BELMOND EL ENCANTO in Santa Barbara.


July 1, 2020

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