Belmond El Encanto - Santa Barbara

Hollywood glamour in a modern classic

Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic hideaway offers the best views of the American Riviera

Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto 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. The kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine.


Infused with the textures and hues of the West Coast, each room or suite brings the best of the outdoors inside.
Rooms boast king-size beds, marble bathrooms, garden seating and heated stone floors. Suites offer added levels of luxury, with charming open-hearth fireplaces or inviting patios.


Escape to the comfort and privacy of your own personal sanctuary, and experience some of the most indulgent spaces Santa Barbara has to offer. Charming interiors are accented with top-of-the-line modern amenities. These elegant rooms offer an intimate retreat, perfect for your dreamlike southern California vacation.


Spacious yet cozy, our suites and bungalows are an ideal retreat after exploring Santa Barbara. Sprawl out on plush king-sized beds, step out and soak up the atmosphere, or curl up in front of the fire with a good book. Each one is an inviting haven, at the heart of one of the top luxury resorts California has to offer.


These beautiful suites echo the tranquillity of our resort. Inside you’ll find a spacious sitting area, exquisite fireplace, kitchenette and an inviting dining room. They also include marble baths with separate rainforest showers. For additional space, each can be connected to form a two-bedroom, self-contained residence.


Local Culinary Delicacies
Within our restaurants, each dish is created with locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Expect herbs plucked from the chef’s garden and Belmond El Encanto artisan cheese. Each irresistible piece is made from the milk of Ellie, the resort’s cow.

California Coastal Cuisine
Featuring fine seasonal gems from the Pacific, Belmond El Encanto’s menu lets seafood take center stage. Santa Barbara spotted prawns prove a signature highlight; Morro Bay oysters a freshly-shucked delectation to savor year-round.

Sundays on the Terrace
Treat yourself to bottomless bellinis or champagne, inventive cuisine and live jazz during our Bellini Brunch. A feast for all the senses, enjoyed in great company.


Santa Barbara’s most serene secret
Set across seven spacious treatment rooms in the hotel’s verdant gardens, The Spa promises to transport body and mind. Open to hotel guests and non-residents alike, visit the wet room to indulge in a little hydrotherapy. Or indulge in a bespoke treatment packed with healing botanicals from Californian soils.