Belmond El Encanto


“It’s always lovely to tack on a few days of pleasure to a business trip and wow, were we lucky that the newly renovated Belmond El Encanto was in the right geography to do so! What a truly exceptional property with so many wonderful qualities making it one of California’s top resorts (and this is an impressive collection in which to be included!). The hard work that went into the recent 7+year and pricey refurb is very apparent.

The property is so far inland that on the drive up you may question if you’ll have ocean views, but from the main ‘casa’ and many of the bungalows one can take in the entire Santa Barbara cityscape backed with a 180 degree ocean view and sailboats galore. Both sunrise and sunset are spectacular amidst the mature, lush gardens and front living rom deck.

Traveling with an 18 month old toddler makes for certain challenges to be pre-thought through. Not all resorts make sense but El Encanto most certainly does. The meandering lush gardens and gated pool area provide for both space and pleasure, as do the bungalow room types which are cosy and homey – no elevators involved. I must admit: when I saw the many dogs there with guests, I warmed all the more to the property.”
- Experienced by What’s Worth It Founder & Editor in Chief Suzanne Aaronson, Greenwich, CT
(Date Experienced: December 2015)

Great for
Quiet, peaceful retreat in the laps of luxury and very well-located. Easy to stay 5/7 + days here.

With whom
Bring the kiddies and the family pup!

Memorable moment
Meandering through the neighborhood and mission / canyon areas on the hotel’s electric bikes, sun on our backs and breezy cool air.

Best time to go
You can’t go wrong with Southern California weather, but in December over the New Year was a nice pace and not too crowded.

Be aware
While the food is excellent, the dinner menu is a bit ‘chi-chi’ for nightly dining. The kitchen is working to include more basics-options. The nearby restaurant choices though are many. The famous La Superica Taqueria: not to be missed – is a 5 min drive.

Rooms start at $450 per night.


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