Let the luxury hotel group arrange for unforgettable sailing adventures, gourmet picnics and more
In Partnership With BELMOND
Belmond has reopened two of its exceptional coastal properties — Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara and Belmond Charleston Place in South Carolina — with an array of exciting new offerings that let you soak up the outdoors in style.
Explore downtown Santa Barbara before returning to your accommodations and ocean views at BELMOND EL ENCANTO.
On the West Coast, let Belmond whisk you away on a 50-foot Catalina Yacht for a guided tour of the flora and fauna unique to the Channel Islands, a picturesque archipelago off the Santa Barbara coastline. Whether you’re a shutterbug, outdoor adventurer, wildlife enthusiast, or one who simply loves to answer the call of the open ocean, your vessel will afford all the comforts needed for a day at sea. Your capable crew can even prepare the catch of the day, inviting you to tuck into a gastronomic seafood adventure off the California coast before returning to your luxurious accommodations at Belmond El Encanto.
Or imagine departing your plush accommodations at Belmond Charleston Place for a private charter amid Charleston’s untouched coastal beauty, encompassing scenic estuaries and picture-perfect harbors. Feel the warmth of the sunshine mingling with the cool breeze coming off the water as you make your way to a private sea island where you’ll thrill at spotting bottlenose dolphins plus indigenous birds and sea turtles.
Guests are welcomed to BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACE by the property’s iconic bronze quadriga fountain.
Excursions closer to your home away from home also await. Belmond’s new, chef-prepared gourmet picnics packed with local and seasonal produce make for an attractive way to spend a lazy afternoon under an ancient oak tree in one of Charleston’s 10 picturesque parks, or at one of the historic port city’s tranquil beaches, with your toes in the sand.
In Santa Barbara, a new guided hike and hilltop picnic experience lets you revel in the area’s breathtaking vistas and culinary delights all at the same time. Have Belmond arrange for an expert who can design a trail route perfectly suited to your goals, plus transport your picnic so you can focus purely on enjoying the views.
After you’ve hiked to your perfect vantage point — and likely worked up an appetite — it’s time to unpack your hamper, relax and enjoy an indulgent spread paired with local wines while taking in the Santa Barbara coastline. Choose from four picnics: the Californian Coastal, complete with lobster rolls and lemon aioli; the Classic American, featuring luxury roasted turkey sandwiches; the Bento, proffering tuna tartare and salmon teriyaki; or the Italian Riviera, highlighting sumptuous treats inspired by Europe’s bel paese.
BELMOND can expertly arrange for a day of maritime adventures, followed by a chef-prepared gourmet picnic.
If you’re looking for more to do in Charleston or Santa Barbara following your sailing adventure or decadent picnic, both cities afford myriad reasons to amble around the charming neighborhoods or city centers. Discover Charleston’s hidden courtyards, lush gardens and photo-worthy pastel-colored homes, or meander the palm-lined cobbled streets to browse local artisan shops and boutiques.
Take one of Belmond El Encanto’s complimentary electric bikes on Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, savoring local vino and alfresco dining at your stops along the way; or immerse yourself in the unique shops and street art of the area’s famed Funk Zone. Upon returning to the property, you might choose to play lawn games by the lily pond or treat yourself to a movie screening on your own private terrace (complete with truffle popcorn and artisanal candies, of course).
With the introduction of the hotel group’s Stay a Little Longer package, now is an ideal time to vacation or staycation with one or both of these coastal retreats and enjoy exclusive savings when you stay for three consecutive nights or more before Dec. 23, 2020. Each incomparable property has its own timeless story to tell and an unrivaled location that will make you look forward to returning time and time again.
Belmond El Encanto, 800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara, 800-3939-5315. Stay a Little Longer package, midweek rates from $626 exclusive, $709 inclusive of taxes and fees.
Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., Charleston, 888-635-2350. Stay a Little Longer package, midweek rates from $297 exclusive, $341 inclusive of taxes and fees.
Feature image: BELMOND EL ENCANTO’s pool overlooks beautiful Santa Barbara.
Sept. 22, 2020
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