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Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara, California

Overlooking idyllic Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto is a restored landmark hotel with luxurious bungalows and suites nestled in seven acres of lush gardens with hilltop views of the Pacific Ocean, complete with infinity-edged swimming pool.

At a Glance

  • Newly renovated bungalows and suites

  • Complimentary electric bikes to borrow

  • Stellar concierge service

  • Incredible spa facility and infinity-edge pool

  • Secluded spot with views, but a long walk to downtown

Honeymoon, Family, Spa & health

Insider's View

To explore the wine country, we can organize private drivers and guides to take you to boutique wineries, larger pinot or chardonnay producers, to meet master sommeliers or to some chosen wine-tasting bodegas complete with picnic lunch.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Belmond El Encanto or take a look at our itineraries to California


Built in 1915 during the Hollywood golden days, this iconic Mediterranean-style hotel has undergone full renovation to thrill a new generation of guests with its relaxed bungalow rooms, landscaped gardens and infinity-edge swimming pool facing out towards the Pacific Ocean. The luxurious bungalows and bungalow suites nestled in the hotel's tropical grounds ooze romance and sophistication.

Guests have access to a full service spa and restaurant focused on cuisine prepared using classic French techniques with a California-coastal twist. Executive Chef Leo Andres Ayala uses locally sourced produce to create a delightful menu to be savored by guests in the dining room, lounge, wine room, bar or even under the stars on the terrace. The resort even makes its own Belmond El Encanto cheese from milk provided by Ellie, their very own resident cow.

Downtown Santa Barbara is just minutes from Belmond El Encanto’s secluded perch. This charming city offers an array of leisure activities from cultural pursuits and historic landmarks to leisure sports and outdoor adventures. Wander around the shops and galleries. Admire the gardens and zoo. Indulge in gourmet dining. Stroll through the wine country. Take a boat trip out to the Channel Islands to see dolphins and kayak azure waters in secluded coves.


Accommodation is split into four categories at Belmond El Encanto, there are Bungalows, Bungalow Suites, Luxury Suites and Speciality Suites, creating 10 options from which to select your perfect residence.

All accommodations feature a king-size bed, large writing desk, marble bathroom, heated stone floor, deep soak or free standing bathtub wide screen LCD HDTV, iPod dock and honour bar.

Superior Bungalow

Luxurious king-size bed and garden views.

Deluxe Bungalow

King-size bed and most offering a furnished patio with garden or panoramic views and a fireplace to sit by in the evenings.

Premier Bungalow

The largest non-suite accommodation that El Encanto offer. Many feature a private patio or balcony with views of the garden or the Santa Barbara Landscape.

Superior Bungalow Suite

Feature a separate living room, bedroom and the choice of a open-hearth fireplace or a patio with wonderful views. These suites also sleep up to four with the addition of a sofa bed.

Deluxe Bungalow Suite

Located in gardens these private suites have two rooms, one king-size bed and some with a sofa bed for extra guests.

Premier Bungalow Suite

These suites feature a king-size bed, fireplace and spacious sitting area. Outside space is also included via a private patio with a dining table for four and incredible views of the local landscape.

Luxury Suites

Each luxury suite is different from the next but all are romantic retreats. Each comes with a king-size bed, fireplace, lounge area, private terrace and accompanying magnificent views over the coastline or surrounding gardens. The amply proportioned bathrooms feature a marble bath, heated stone floor, separate rainforest shower and dual washbasins.

Speciality Suite - Camellia Suite

As its name suggests, this suite is located amidst camellias but with sweeping ocean views and is a spacious 1,100 square feet with a cozy fireplace, dining room and the option of connecting to a superior suite for more space.

Speciality Suite - Oak Tree Suite

Inspired by the magnificent oak trees that pepper the grounds at El Encanto. This suite is 1,100 square feet of sophisticated space with French doors that open up to a spacious garden courtyard complete with decorative fountain and the option to connect to a Deluxe Room for additional space.

Speciality Suite - Wishing Well Suite

Slightly smaller than the other two speciality suites at 900 square feet the Wishing Well Suite features a private terrace covered in bougainvillea, a kitchenette and fireplace and can be connected to a Deluxe Room to create a self-contained residence with two bedrooms.


Whilst El Encanto does not offer any child specific facilities, bungalow suites with pull out sofa beds lend themselves to families with younger children and babysitting can be arranged through the concierge.


Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country, The Spa draws from the surrounding landscape to create signature soothing treatments. Set across seven treatment rooms, guests can take advantage of soothing water therapies in the special wet treatment room, or unwind together in the romantic couples' room. The Spa also features a relaxation lounge, showers, steam rooms and private lockers and each treatment concludes with a selection of detoxifying teas on the patio.

For wellness, whether you’re into Pilates, yoga, core fitness or boot camp, the Fitness Studio features a variety of classes to ensure that you stay in shape. You’ll also find cutting-edge cardio equipment, a TRX training system and Kinesis fitness products.


Santa Barbara is home to magnificent mountains and beaches perfect for hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving and golf. Venture into the Santa Ynez Valley, home to Santa Barbara's wineries of which there are over 90 to choose from. It's always around 10 degrees warmer in the Valley, making it an excellent day-trip if waking up on a foggy morning on the coast. In the valley is Los Olivos, a quaint arty community with galleries and charming wine tasting rooms, whilst Solvang offers a delightful mix of tree-lined roads and has plenty of stores for gifts as well as wonderful bakeries.

Location & Directions

Santa Barbara, California

15-minutes from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport and 1-hour and 50-minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.

When to go

The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always a enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months – roughly from October through March. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that it implies. A short drive into the Santa Ynez Wine Region (some 40-minutes out of town) the temperature is always around 10 degrees warmer without the ocean breezes.

Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 degrees, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 degrees.

All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara with sunshine all year round but the warmest months without morning fog and with higher temperatures July through October are often the best months.

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