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El Encanto

Hollywood glamour in a modern classic

Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic hideaway offers the best views of the American Riviera

Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara’s social scene ever since. The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. The kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.
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Glamour in the great outdoors

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The Road Less Traveled

They say the best view comes after the hardest climb. Hike one of Santa Barbara's stunning trails and greet the panoramic views with a gourmet picnic.

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Unwind in luxury aboard a private 50’ Catalina Yacht, expertly helmed by Sailing SB. A leisurely sail along the California coast is the perfect way to appreciate Santa Barbara’s charm.

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Stay a Little Longer

With Santa Barbara boasting limitless natural beauty, extend your stay with us. Enjoy great savings when you book three consecutive nights.

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El Encanto

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Infused with the textures and hues of the West Coast, each room or suite brings the best of the outdoors inside.

Rooms boast king-size beds, marble bathrooms, garden seating and heated stone floors. Suites offer added levels of luxury, with charming open-hearth fireplaces or inviting patios.




Escape to the comfort and privacy of your own personal sanctuary, and experience some of the most indulgent spaces Santa Barbara has to offer. Charming interiors are accented with top-of-the-line modern amenities. These elegant rooms offer an intimate retreat, perfect for your dreamlike southern California vacation.


Suites & Bungalows

Suites & Bungalows

Spacious yet cozy, our suites and bungalows are an ideal retreat after exploring Santa Barbara. Sprawl out on plush king-sized beds, step out and soak up the atmosphere, or curl up in front of the fire with a good book. Each one is an inviting haven, at the heart of one of the top luxury resorts California has to offer.


Speciality Suites

Speciality Suites

These beautiful suites echo the tranquillity of our resort. Inside you’ll find a spacious sitting area, exquisite fireplace, kitchenette and an inviting dining room. They also include marble baths with separate rainforest showers. For additional space, each can be connected to form a two-bedroom, self-contained residence.

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    Within Our Walls

    From the locally carved furnishings of each luxury bungalow to the endless views from our horizon-edge pool, every detail will take your breath away.

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    The Spa

    Sensory journeys inspired by nature

    The Spa at El Encanto

    Santa Barbara’s most serene secret

    Set across seven spacious treatment rooms in the hotel’s verdant gardens, The Spa promises to transport body and mind. Open to hotel guests and non-residents alike, visit the wet room to indulge in a little hydrotherapy. Or indulge in a bespoke treatment packed with healing botanicals from Californian soils.

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