Development and Overview
Reopened in March 2013 after an extensive refurbishment, Belmond El Encanto carried out construction work in accordance with a strict waste management program, controlling run-off from the site to preserve city streets, sewers and ultimately, the ocean.
The work incorporated the reuse of salvaged timber and roof tiles, the installation of energy saving air conditioning systems, use of low VOC adhesives, sealants and paints, and the exclusion of all CFC based refrigerants.
The bungalows and main building have been refurbished in accordance with stringent historical regulations.
Sustainability initiatives continue to be embraced comprehensively; they include strict recycling procedures, electricity and water conservation initiatives, and alternative transportation programs for employees.
Santa Barbara is facing a severe drought and Belmond El Encanto is an active supporter of water conservation measures. Our seven-acre gardens have been designed around drought-resistant trees and plants, and strict water usage measures are in place.
Tactical examples include:
- Limiting the filling and cleaning of our fountains and arbor ponds; instead, we replace the water and utilize eco-friendly chemicals to keep the algae down and promote clean/clear water
- Toilets are equipped with low flow regulators
- The porte-cochere central water feature/fountain was “planted” with drought resistant plants
- We utilize a "drip" irrigation system; all pipes are located underground to minimize evaporation