Photo Cred: Belmond El Encanto and Compass + Twine
Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, the enchanting Belmond El Encanto gazes out over of the coastal California town, with the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean beyond. The gorgeous luxury resort is truly a serene escape from life below.
Laid out among luscious flower gardens, the cottage-style property boast gorgeous views and Spanish Colonial-style architecture. Citrus trees line the pathways from cottage to cottage. Each private abode offers the ultimate combination of laid-back and luxe. Comfy chairs and couches are nestled up near the fireplace, and a cloud-like bed lies waiting to draw you in for a deeply satisfying sleep. Spacious bathrooms take ‘grand’ to a whole new level, with heated tile floors and luxurious showers and bathtubs. And, because the property has been built on the slope of a mountain, the views of the valley below are crazy-gorgeous no matter which room you’re in.
A few steps from the lovely cottages, you’ll find El Encanto’s unforgettable pool. A dip into the cerulean blue water of the hillside infinite pool, and you’ll feel as if you could swim straight out into the Pacific. If you need more relaxation after the swim, head down to the spa for a massage. After choosing a custom oil essence, all your worries dissipate the touch of your masseuse’s hand.
From the Belmond’s dining room patio and terrace, you’ll behold one the most gorgeous sunsets of your life. In true California style, pinks and blues splash across cotton candy skies as the sun sinks below the horizon. With a glass of Pinot Noir in hand, we dare you to find a more perfect moment to take in. At dinner, enjoy an amazing meal (the Seabass is incredible) at the hotel restaurant and cap off the night with a cocktail, listening to a handsome Frank Sinatra sound-alike at the bar. The Belmond El Encanto is a superbly charming luxury hotel, situated far enough into the hills to be away from life’s chaos, yet close enough to enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer.
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