Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Location: California | USA

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

On almost 80 acres of seafront on the Pacific coastline, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is made up of luxurious villas leading onto two miles of pristine beach. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate and the scenic nearby wine country, the best of Southern California is easily explored from here – if you can tear yourself away from the beach.
Perfect forWine lovers and water babies.
In the knowSanta Barbara has a deep-rooted Spanish heritage and the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta in August is a colourful five-day celebration of Spanish and Mexican food, dance and tradition.

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Beach
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Water activities

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara sits on the Pacific coastline, flanked by pristine beaches and lush mountains. It is just outside of Goleta, and 20 minutes from Santa Barbara.

Rooms at Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara's rooms and suites are housed in individual villas, each with their own private patio or balcony, overlooking the ocean, the hotel’s gardens and the Santa Ynez mountains. The decor is classic, with Spanish colonial influences, and the interiors feature natural wood furnishings and ocean-blue and neutral tones. The stylish bathrooms have deep-soaking tubs and marble showers. Penthouses and Residences offer additional space and luxury, including living areas, kitchenettes and cosy fireplaces.

Food & Drink

There are no less than five restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton, so you're spoilt for choice. The signature Angel Oak steakhouse restaurant has a 12,000-bottle wine collection, as well as exquisite food which makes the most of local, fresh ingredients, which you can enjoy on the terrace while soaking up the ocean vistas. Meanwhile, the elegant Bacara Bar serves tempting cocktails. 


There are three heated swimming pools - perfect for if the sea gets a little chilly - one of which is adults-only as part of the resort’s large and impressive spa, which offers a wide range of treatments and has a redwood sauna, a eucalyptus steam room and Jacuzzi, as well as a rooftop terrace. The poolside cabanas are ideal for relaxing. 

Activities at Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Get active at one of Santa Barbara’s nearby golf courses or serve and volley on the resort’s tennis courts. The nearby sea sets the scene for surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and even whale watching, or enjoy a horse ride along the beach.

Take a tour of the surrounding wine country, visiting vineyards for tastings and flying over the beautiful countryside – with you in the pilot’s seat if you so wish!

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Hotel location

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is just a 10-minute drive from Santa Barbara airport. 

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