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“Santa Barbara Perfection”

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Bacara Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Goleta
Certificate of Excellence
Dana Point, California
1 review
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“Santa Barbara Perfection”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

The Bacara Resort is the place to stay for a perfect Santa Barbara vacation. The staff is truly exceptional, attentive, professional and sincerely friendly without becoming too familiar. Few hotels ever find this perfect balance. Congratulations Bacara! The grounds are also so beautiful that you really don't want to leave the resort but you should consider a few outside trips. The resort is situated at the gateway to the Santa Barbara wine country while still being a quick drive to downtown Santa Barbara and UCSB. If you decide not visit wine country the resort has built a beautiful wine tasting room that rivals any that you will find in wine country. At the resort we also enjoyed the beach club, the clay tennis courts, and the great service at the poolside cabanas. If you’re a golf fan, the Sandpiper Golf Course is next door. Food choices include Blend, a coffee bar like Starbucks but better; the Bistro that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (we especially enjoyed their seafood buffet with crab, shrimp, halibut etc); the spa cafe and the upper bar off the lobby. They have multiple fire pit areas outside the upper bar that make for a family friendly and fun dining experience. There is also a sushi bar adjacent to the upper bar on weekends. Fine dining is at the Miro. Reservations for Miro are a must as the restaurant is hugely popular, so plan in advance. Room was gorgeous with a 180 degree panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. My wife even saw a whale from our balcony. Fantastic SoCal getaway experience!

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dera Dennis B,

It is wonderful to hear much you enjoyed your stay to Bacara. Thank you for commenting on the exceptional service you received. I am very proud of the staff at Bacara and how they understand the way to deliver the appropriate level of service depending on the needs of each guest. We are also very fortunate to have a great variety of high end food selections at the resort. It sound like like your were able to experience every venue. I will most definitely share your kind words the the team. I sincerely hope you will be able to visit Bacara again soon.

Warm regards,

Kathleen Cochran
General Manager
Bacara Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

The only thing we regret is not spending more time in Santa Barbara and more time at Bacara- time did not permit as we had to be in Temecula for a wedding. If you are leaving from Los Angeles, leave by 1 pm so you don't sit in traffic for an extra hour and a half. The resort is just lovely, the staff is lovely, the meals sitting outside overlooking the Pacific Ocean were wonderful. GREAT spot. Beautiful room, terrific spa. Can go on and on.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Dear Aleida S.

Thank you visiting us at Bacara. I appreciate you taking time to share comments about your recent stay. I wish that you could have extended your trip to Santa Barbara and truly enjoyed all that we have to offer at the resort. It was nice to read your kinds words about how our staff and the resort exceeded your expectations. I hope the wedding in Temecula went well and your travels home to Florida will be safe and comfortable. I look forward to your next visit to Bacara.

Warm regards,

Kathleen Cochran
General Manager
Bacara Resort & Spa
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Saratoga
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Bacara Resort is so beautiful and made our weekend the "most special" experience! The beautiful entry creates a European feel and fantastic welcome. The Staff seems to be ready to provide any request. Our suite was incredible with two patios and a wonderful sitting room. We hosted local friends for a cocktail hour before dinner, and it was like entertaining at home! The complimentary wine & cheese platter was the perfect addition to our special evening. The ocean views at the property and restaurant are stunning. We can't wait to return to this "most special" place!

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear Jeff H- What a delight to hear you truly experienced what Bacara is about! Life is important to enjoy and I am happy to hear your weekend was "most special" and Bacara is that special place for you. Thank you for your kind words and please join us again soon.
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Kathleen Cochran
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Bacara Resort & Spa
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Ventura, California
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

This was our first visit to Bacara. Our visit was both business and pleasure. Wow, what a surprise! The service was the best. The room what very comfortable. The spa facility included a high end fitness areas. Food was excellent, including the hors d'oeuvres at the business function. We hope to be back soon.

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GuestRelations M, General Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Dear theOneJD- I am pleased that you were able to enjoy both business and pleasure during your time with us. Thank you for your mentions on service, your guest room, spa and food. I am glad you enjoyed your time and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Cochran
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Bacara Resort & Spa
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El Segundo, California
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

This was my 3'rd visit to Bacara . I had a wonderful time.. relaxing quiet comfortable.. . great food and drink..
The staff as always friendly and willing to help. My event was in the heart of Santa Barbara , and i was able to UBER into town in 15 minutes. I'll be back for sure.

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear bob g,

Thank you for being a loyal Bacara guest. I hope, that with each visit you are able to feel more and more like you are part of the Bacara family. The staff here is very genuine and committed to fostering a welcoming friendly atmosphere. I will most definitely share your comments with the team. I sincerely look forward to your next visit.

Thank you,

Kathleen Cochran
General Manager
Bacara Resort & Spa
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La Mesa, California
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

The Bacara is a first class getaway! The Resort and staff made my stay an experience I will not soon forget. This was my second time here with my family and will be coming back soon. You feel like you are at a Resort in every sense of the word. Beautifully landscaped throughout with King Palm trees, beautiful bougainvillea and colorful flowers everywhere. On the coast there were incredible views overlooking the ocean and the most picturesque one was overlooking the two grand swimming pools and the ocean in one breathtaking sweep. Driving up to the grand entrance with a venti sized fountain you are greeted by a line of porters and valets. Something you would see in a James Bond movie. If you would like VIP treatment this is the place to go. My whole experience from the beautiful suite, relaxing at the pools to the dining experience was amazing. James our waiter, at the Bistro Restaurant explained the menu and our dishes with such beautiful linguistic eloquence it was as if he was reciting Shakespeare. Even the chef came out to our table and gave us a taste of one of his new delicious creations! The whole staff made our stay a memorable experience and even the maid service left a warm hand written note to ensure a comfortable stay. I have to say that the pool side service was exceptional also. The Bacara, a five star stay for a five star Resort!

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1 Thank Jamie M
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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Jamie M,

Thank you for returning to Bacara. I was elated to hear about the memorable experience our staff was able to create for you and your family. It is truly our desire to create a five star atmosphere for all of our guests. Our team is very committed to service excellence that compliments the unique grounds at Bacara and all we have to offer. Your kinds words about the Chef and staff will most certainly be shared with the team.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Cochran
General Manager
Bacara Resort & Spa
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California
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Bacara is a unique, out of the way resort that is a hidden gem. It is quiet, private, and provides anywhere from a luxury romantic getaway to a kid friendly vacation. My children and I love it here. You can take a great walk on the ocean shoreline, swim in one of the two fabulous pools, or have a spa treatment if that is what you are looking for. There is an outdoor restaurant, Bistro, with an ocean view, that is heavenly as far as atmosphere is concerned. This is a place where memories are made.

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GuestRelations M, Guest Relations Manager at Bacara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Dear Voyager 310,

Bacara is truly a unique gem that offers the best of many choices to our guests. It was great to hear that you were able to take advantage of the family getaway, kid friendly vacation atmosphere. The ocean shoreline walks and ocean view from the Bistro are truly beautiful. The Spa at Bacara, and the pools make for a truly relaxing experience. Thank you for your kind words, I hope you and your family will have a chance to return this summer.


Warm regards,

Kathleen Cochran
General Manager
Bacara Resort & Spa
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Property: Bacara Resort & Spa
Address: 8301 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
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Region: United States > California > Goleta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Goleta
#1 Business Hotel in Goleta
#2 Family Hotel in Goleta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Bacara Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 358
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along the bluffs and beaches of the Gaviota coast lies a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury. With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, Bacara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. The resort's innovative and artful design is in keeping with the intimacy and aesthetics of a Mediterranean village. Unwind at an award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. The resort's 358 newly-renovated guestrooms and signature suites artfully infuse luxurious interiors with modern technologies for a true sense of comfort. Additional resort amenities include a new oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, four Har-Tru clay tennis courts, a Foley wine tasting room, and the adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club. ... more   less 
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Santa Barbara Bacara Resort
Bacara Spa Resort Santa Barbara
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