On a recent visit to El Encanto we discovered that it has emerged from an intensive restoration with all of its distinct charm and history preserved. The grounds, the rooms, restaurant, and spa facilities have been transformed and ascend to five star heights. We found our bungalow and patio to be lovely (and quiet), and it was a pleasure to see thought and care reflected in so many design details. Although there was a late afternoon event held in the gardens each day we were there, they were tightly supervised, timed, and impressively contained....They happened to include classical music, and from our patio we listened to the musicians play and found it agreed with the moment in time. Later, we definitely wanted to try the restaurant for dinner, and were compelled to be outside on the new patio to enjoy the weather and the view. There's an extensive wine list... and if you make it to dessert, a few are amazing. During our weekend we continually found any and all of the staff to be warm, accomodating, and working very hard. All in all, it's a wonderful place with a welcoming, soft ambience...Classic Southern California. If you go you might find that you want to stay put and relax in one of the lawn chairs on the grassy slope near the pool, (I wanted to, but didn't get to it) or indulge in a stellar massage (my husband returned from one in an altered state) ---But then, maybe the town or the beauty of the region, the presence of the water and the coastline could easily call you out and away to other discoveries. So many decisions... But it's almost certain El Encanto will welcome you back with a smile.
- 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