Belmond El Encanto

Location: California | USA

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Luxuriating on the hillside above Santa Barbara, surrounded by verdant greenery and with the glistening Pacific Ocean forming the horizon, Belmond El Encanto is one of the most private retreats in the area and ideal for a bit of time out on the Californian coast. With outstanding views, this is a wonderful, stylish and intimate hotel for those who prefer not to stay by the bustle of the beachfront.
Perfect forA quiet, private retreat for couples.
In the knowAlthough Belmond El Encanto looks brand new and ultra-modern, this private hideaway once acted as the favourite bolthole for the Hollywood Brat Pack.

Recommended for...

  • Food & Wine
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic
  • Service & Hospitality

Hotel Overview


In the hills above Santa Barbara, California.

Rooms at Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto has a choice of Luxury Suites, Bungalow Suites and Bungalows. With king-size beds, fireplaces and private terraces, the accommodation is comfortable and chic, with heated stone floors in the bathrooms. The Premier Bungalow Suites have private gardens or patios and the view from the rooms is fantastic – especially the ocean view options, which look down the hillside towards the Pacific.

Food & Facilities

The Dining Room and Terrace has a gorgeous view from the hill towards Santa Barbara and the coastline, and you can eat al fresco on the terrace in the summer. Californian cuisine is on the menu, with an Asian and French fusion twist. All the food is made with locally-sourced produce as far as possible – and the cheese is even made from the milk of Belmond El Encanto’s cow, Ellie! The Lounge serves lighter bites and you can quench your thirst in the bar, which serves American and Japanese bar snacks. The pool is a real selling point for Belmond El Encanto and is situated in a stunning position atop a hill overlooking Santa Barbara, the beach and finally the sparkling Pacific. Chill out and unwind in the spa; lounge by the pool; or take advantage of the gym.

Activities at Belmond El Encanto

Onsite, you can wander through the pretty gardens of Belmond El Encanto, take an exercise class or two at the fitness studio, or do a few laps in the gorgeous pool. Heading down the hill to Santa Barbara, you can visit the zoo or the sea centre, explore the beach, or do a spot of shopping in the city. Why not cycle down to Santa Barbara to make the most of the stunning scenery?

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