About Belmond El Encanto
Set amid 7 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, this meticulously restored 92-room Spanish Colonial hotel is secluded on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Individually decorated California-style bungalows, some with separate sitting rooms, fireplaces, private terraces or gardens, and views of the coastline, feature soothing cream interiors and luxurious baths with heated stone floors and marble tubs. Contemporary California coastal fare is served in a dining room-terrace, and The Lounge, open only from 2-5 p.m., offers tempting scones and pastries and serves afternoon tea (reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance). Amenities include a full-service spa with eight treatment rooms, a fitness center and an outdoor infinity-edge pool. Complimentary bicycles, cave-diving excursions, sailing charters and winery tours are also available.
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