Belmond El Encanto is Santa Barbara's dreamiest luxury hotel


If Hollywood glamour juxtaposed with modern additions is your dream hotel, look no further than this iconic hideaway. Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto is perched high in the Santa Barbara hills and offers the best views of the American Riviera.

This Santa Barbara luxury hotel opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara’s social scene ever since. The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. It's the kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.

And don't worry about getting around- you can enjoy a ride to the beach on the resort's complimentary Faraday electric bicycles or hop in their Mercedes sprinter to taste premium wines at El Paseo in the historic Presidio neighborhood. In fact, courtesy transportation will take you to and from any location within a five mile radius at no charge, which conveniently includes the nearby Amtrak train station.

There are so many moments to relish at Belmond El Encanto. Dine on the ocean-view terrace, indulge at the sumptuous spa, stroll through the gardens, uncover Santa Barbara’s wineries, restaurants and shops, and of course, enjoy VIP treatment through Cadence.

As a Virtuoso member, we're delighted to offer exclusive VIP treatment for your stay, including:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant or room service
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay. Valid on food, beverage and spa treatments. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

In addition to our special amenities, we also can give you access to exclusive promotions: enjoy 10-15% off advance bookings of 7 night stays or enjoy a 50% discount on every fourth consecutive night.