Set back from downtown Santa Barbara on a hill overlooking the town and out towards the Pacific Ocean is the Belmond Encanto. A Forbes Five Star resort, it is quite possibly the most luxurious and private hotel in Santa Barbara.
The main building, designed in a 1920s Spanish style is set within seven acres of gardens. The outdoor lap pool looks out towards the city and ocean. At the boutique full-service Spa, there are seven treatment rooms and the menu also has water therapies on offer. At the end of your treatment, a detoxifying tea awaits.
At the Belmond El Encanto, dining takes place in the Dining Room, Lounge and Bar. From breakfast of a healthy granola and yoghurt with fresh fruits to delicious Eggs Benedict, afternoon tea and then a cocktail on the heated terrace – locally sourced ingredients are all used. These include cheese from the resort’s cow, Ellie, and herbs from the chef’s garden.
Superior Bungalows have a king-size bed, large desk, marble bathroom with heated stone floors (either a deep soaking or free-standing tub), an iPod dock and a LCD television.
Most Deluxe Bungalows additionally offer a patio with garden, or fireplace.
Many Premier Bungalows have a private patio or balcony with views of the garden or landscape. They are also larger than Superior and Deluxe Bungalow rooms.
Superior Bungalow Suite
Superior Bungalow Suites have a bedroom with a king-size bed, a separate living room with French doors and either a fireplace or a patio with beautiful views. There is a bathroom with a separate deep soaking tub or free-standing bath, as well as a rainforest shower.
Deluxe Bungalow Suite
Deluxe Bungalow Suites are set within the gardens and are two-room suites offering a king size bed and some also have a sofa bed.
Premier Bungalow Suite
Premier Bungalow Suites have a king-size bed, fireplace, separate sitting area and a private patio with a dining table for four people.
Luxury Suites have a king size bed, fireplace and a sitting area. There is a private terrace with coastline or garden views. The bathroom has a marble bath, heated stone floor, rainforest shower and two sinks.