If you’re visiting Santa Barbara on business or at leisure, and are looking for a sublime retreat, then let Baroque Travel book you a room at the Belmond El Encanto
The El Encanto is the only Forbes Five Star resort in Santa Barbara, an enchanting, sumptuous retreat for those who enjoy the good things in life. Nestling in seven acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, just five minutes’ drive from the center of Santa Barbara, the hotel offers every luxury as well as a tranquil, idyllic setting. This magnificent boutique establishment is located high in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, offering breathtaking views of the city and the ocean beyond.
Belmond El Encanto was built in the 1920s, and its original Art Deco architecture has been meticulously restored to its former glory, while modern additions add an extra touch of luxe, such as the expansive infinity edge swimming pool and a state-of-the-art modern spa and fitness center. Guests enjoy every facility here to ensure a laidback, glamorous stay. Personal guest managers are on hand to cater to one’s every whim, and nothing is too much trouble – this personalized service is synonymous with every Belmond hotel around the world, including the sumptuous Cipriani where George and Amal Clooney recently married.
Accommodation is luxurious and spacious, all en suite, with flat screen satellite TVs, a fireplace, seating area, balcony or patio overlooking the lush gardens. Guests enjoy 24-hour reception, and for those who are visiting Santa Barbara on business, every facility is available, including a business center, fax and photocopying services.
Belmond Hotels are owned by the prestigious Orient Express Group, so guests can expect a sophisticated selection of food at the restaurant, which is renowned for its excellent Californian cuisine prepared using vegetables and herbs from the hotel gardens.
To really explore the area, it’s best to hire a vehicle. The hotel will arrange this for you, either with or without a chauffeur. There are numerous attractions close to the hotel, including Santa Barbara Mission and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, and the city’s Municipal golf course is just 10 minutes away by car. If you prefer to stay put and explore at leisure, the hotel offers free motorized bicycles for rental – a necessity as the establishment is located on quite a steep hill!