Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Originally debuting in 1918, this iconic hotel, perched hillside in the exclusive American Riviera neighbourhood of Santa Barbara, instantly became a well-known retreat for creative types wanting a break from LA.

​True to its Californian roots, and now meticulously restored after a seven-year US$134 million makeover, this gorgeous hotel recaptures the glamour that enticed its guests back in the day and combines it with modern California’s laid-back vibe. ​

Its 92 bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds and pay homage to the region’s classic architecture, while seven tranquil acres of landscaped gardens offer sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.

Around the resort there’s a serene boutique spa, a lavish infinity-edge pool and an insanely-delicious signature restaurant that showcases innovative contemporary California-coastal cuisine with a side of stunning Santa Barbara views, all perfectly paired with wines from the area’s many local vineyards.

Star Rating
5 stars
92 Rooms & Suites
Transfer from airport
110 minutes by car from Los Angeles Airport
Prices from

£950 per person - 3 nights in a Superior Room, room only. Flights extra.

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Hotel Style

​Stylish Grace

Totally in tune with their surroundings and visions of natural harmony: these sophisticated playgrounds serve up a real escape from the ordinary, their array of leisure pursuits, superb facilities, exceptional service and blissful privacy set against an inspiring and dramatic backdrop of sugar-soft sands, cerulean sea and azure skies.

Ideal for

2 stars
3 stars
3 stars
Kids' club
1 stars
3 stars

Speak to someone who has been there

Caroline has been here. Find out more and begin to plan your trip by getting in touch directly. You can speak to Caroline by calling the number below or by sending a direct online enquiry.

01244 567 000


Things to experience during your stay

  • Eden Concierge

    Eden’s fabulous concierge team makes every trip super-special, using their little black book of close, reliable contacts to get you into the very best restaurants, must-see shows and many special events.

  • Property Highlights

    This property comes complete with a fantastic range of amenities, recreational activities and dining venues to make your stay absolutely unforgettable. Call your Travel Director for all the finer points...

  • Client Comment

    An amazing experience, enhanced by an exceptional performance at the Spa, an exceptional dinner and an unforgettable atmosphere. The staff really makes you feel like you are the only guests at the property.


  • Room Amenities

    • Bathrobes
    • Hairdryer
    • In-room safe
    • Telephone with voicemail
    • Twice-daily housekeeping
    • Hypoallergenic pillows
    • TV
    • DVD player
    • MP3 docking station
    • Minibar
    • Air-conditioning
  • Guest Services

    • Babysitting
    • Concierge
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry services
    • In-room dining
    • Spa
    • Fitness centre
    • Pool