Belmond El Encanto

5* out of 5 stars

A former artists’ retreat, it is easy to see why Belmond El Encanto and its beguiling surroundings has captured the imagination of visitors for decades. Lovingly-restored to shed light on the resort’s Spanish-colonial and Californian architectural styles, a calming environment with a taste of the exotic has been established here. Welcoming yet sophisticated interiors are elegantly scattered with unique design touches: delicate light features, floral adornments, sensitively-curated artwork. Meanwhile, the outside space remains the hotel’s crowning jewel. Take a dip in the panoramic pool, or watch as seven acres of landscaped gardens unfold around you, revealing sweeping views of Santa Barbara.

Belmond El Encanto Rooms & Facilities

A true sanctuary, perched on the lofty Santa Barbara hillsides, each of Belmond El Encanto’s 92 suites, bungalows and rooms project an ambience of relaxation. Underfloor heating and fireplaces add a feeling of cosiness and comfort, whereas large windows let in all the sun-laced natural light you might expect from a holiday in California. Treat yourself to a superb culinary experience at the Dining Room or Lounge, where seasonal ingredients are expertly prepared to create innovative and delicious dishes. Top off your luxury holiday experience at Belmond El Encanto with an indulgent massage in one of seven tranquil treatment rooms at the resort spa, or take a guided tour around the garden.

Things to do Nearby Belmond El Encanto

Take advantage of the bicycle hire facilities at Belmond El Encanto and investigate the resort’s surroundings. Embark on a picturesque ride over to the Santa Barbara Mission, or wind down to the waterfront, where you can try sailing, windsurfing or paddle-boarding. Should your Santa Barbara holiday fall within the right season, you may even be fortunate to encounter some of the local wildlife with a whale-or-dolphin watching excursion. Regardless of time of year, the waterfront restaurants and bars are also well worth perusing. If you’d like to sample some of the regions finest wines, you may also like to make use of the Belmond’s courtesy local transportation service, which will deliver you to any destination within a 5 mile radius of the hotel for free.