We have been travelling for a month and staying in some very stylish hotels and El Encanto is right up there with the best of them. We had actually booked at San Ysidrow Ranch, being a little concerned that El Encanto was a little too new. As things turned out we really disliked SY having had a snooty check in which went downhill from there. We checked out the following morning and transferred to El Encanto where we were cosseted and pampered and had the most amazing time. The staff are charming without bring overly effusive. The accomodation is beautiful and the setting is delightful. Of course with a new renovation, there are bound to be teething problems, like my hair blowdry and manicure were not great and the food is ok but nothing spectacular however, these were charmingly dispensed and are very minor and a small price too pay for staying in heaven. We love Cipriani and the Splendido and now we will add this to our list of favourites. We will definitely be back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belmond El Encanto, a Forbes Five-Star luxury hotel, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike. As part of Belmond, this is the company's first excursion to the American west coast.
Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
Original architectural features have been lovingly restored, including the historic, trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor zero-edge pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the journey for today's luxury-seeking guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Encanto Hotel And Garden Villas