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Savor the sun-splashed sights of Santa Barbara

Boutique wineries, coastal sailing trips, polo matches: there’s a vast array of things to do in Santa Barbara. Whatever your dream Californian adventure, El Encanto is the perfect gateway into the golden state.

Wellness Week: Indulge with intention

This November 7-10, cultivate an intentional lifestyle, achieve meaningful goals and flourish personally with notable practitioners at El Encanto. Embrace self-discovery through enriching and transformative experiences with wellness experts, where we'll learn how to live intentionally in all aspects of our lives, both in large and small practices...

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Experiences at El Encanto

Experiences at El Encanto

Boutiques and cafes in downtown Santa Barbara

Four-Day Santa Barbara Discovery

Experience the wonders of Santa Barbara from El Encanto. Our local experts have put together an unforgettable four-night itinerary to show you the very best of the American Riviera. Anticipate outdoor adventures, a toast to the Wine Trail and leisurely bike rides along the shore.

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Sound Bath Meditation

Bathe in sound waves in a tranquil, private location within our grounds. Join advanced sound practitioner and meditation guru Cristy Candler for a rejuvenating experience. Unwind through sound bath meditation and let life’s stresses wash over you in your choice of stunning location.

The location of your sound bath experience will be dependent on the weather conditions on the day.

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Virtual Mandala Sessions with Renate Hume

Regain balance and find your spiritual center with a virtual healing Mandala session with celebrated counselor, artist and author Renate C. Hume. Connect to your authentic self through mandala creation and readings, channel your creative energy and find a new path to self-discovery.

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Virtual Life Journey Coaching with Renate Hume

Take a personal journey inward and discover the answers to your questions on purpose, direction and overall wellbeing. Join our personal life coach, Renate Hume for this uplifting and clarifying experience. A unique opportunity for guided reflection, these virtual sessions are particularly powerful at times of transition and uncertainty. 

Choose from an individual online session with Renate, or a joint online session with Renate and your partner and prepare for a new look on life.

Available daily, 9am-6pm. Reserve at least 48 hours in advance.

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Gourmet Sail

Santa Barbara’s sensational coastline is best admired from the glittering Pacific Ocean. Glide away from the shore for a gentle cruise on the waves.

The only thing that could top the views is a heavenly four-course lunch or dinner, prepared by our executive chef. Take to the waves and tuck-in!

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Alfresco movie night

Here’s looking at you, kid: watch your favorite stars under the stars with an alfresco movie screening. Relax on your private terrace and tuck in to popcorn, artisanal candies and mocktails. A celestial atmosphere awaits.

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Hilltop Picnic

After working up a sweat on a scenic hike, it’s only right to celebrate with a gourmet hilltop picnic. Choose one of the many stunning trails in Santa Barbara, Montecito or Goleta for a three-hour experience with a skilled guide. Your delicious lunch for two includes a bottle of local Californian wine or bubbles.

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Artisanal picnic baskets

Whether you’re pining for a Maine lobster roll or Bento-style fare, El Encanto's gourmet picnic baskets are perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Take your delectable meal to the historic Santa Barbara Mission. Head to the California coast. Or enjoy an exclusive visit to Lotus land, a local hidden gem of botanical gardens in Montecito. In our grounds, pair your picnic with lawn games at the Lily Pond and Arbor. Sit comfortably by the wishing well, or on the terrace of your private cottage.

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