Was fortunate enough to stay at this beautiful colonial style paradise nestled in the hills above Santa Barbara as part of a Californian road trip. The staff are incredible and cannot do enough for you, service is sleek and the rooms are some of the most tastefully decorated in California, they just seemed to have got this place right. It is also worth noting that beacuse it is set high up in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, which is often shrowded in morning fog you can sit pretty on top of the cloud enjoying the sunshine. Some reports suggest bad food but we had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant enjoying some of the best scallops I have ever eaten. El Encanto is pricey but trust me it is worth even for just a one night splurge. The only downside is having to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond El Encanto, a Forbes Five-Star luxury hotel, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike. As part of Belmond, this is the company's first excursion to the American west coast. Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Original architectural features have been lovingly restored, including the historic, trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor zero-edge pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the journey for today's luxury-seeking guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas