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Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California

You might have caught a glimpse of Bacara Resort & Spa during the 2014 season of The Bachelorette, or read about it in Condé Nast Traveler's annual Reader's Choice Awards. The sprawling, Spanish-tiled complex is a perennial fan favorite, but the focus here is on the tranquility offered by the Gaviota Coast, a special stretch of beach that fosters incredible diversity. North America's first inhabitants fished these waters, and today members of the Chumash tribe continue to honor their heritage. Bacara teamed up with local Chumash herbalists, artists and writers to construct a nature trail that immerses guests in culture and natural beauty.

Wake up with lemon custard brioche French toast as the sun peeks over the Santa Ynez mountains. Punctuate an afternoon of Chardonnay-sipping with a gourmet picnic overlooking the vineyards. After a waterfront dinner back at Bacara, snuggle up next to your in-suite fireplace listening to the waves crash onshore with the stay's complimentary bottle.

Location of Bacara Resort & Spa

Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, California

Amenities for Bacara Resort & Spa

  • General Information
  • 354 Guest Rooms
  • Pet Amenities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room Service
  • Bar & Lounge
  • 3 Seasonal Restaurants
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Boutiques
  • Tennis Courts
  • 3 Pools
  • Pool Cabanas
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Saltwater Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • DVD Players
  • Mini Bar
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Deep Soaking Tubs
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Walks
  • Helicopter Tours
  • Surfing
  • Wine Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Business
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Family
  • Seasonal Kids Club
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Wineries
  • Art Galleries
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Vineyards
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Food & Wine
  • Golf

Reviews for Bacara Resort & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I wanted a quick get away from our house in Westlake Village. After looking at many luxury hotels, we chose this one. We arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon and checked in. We mentioned prior to arriving AND upon arrival that is was our 20 year anniversary. The staff was friendly and assured us we'd be taken care of on our special day. However, when we asked for the possibility of a room upgrade, they told us they were fully booked and that they could only upgrade us for a fee. When we asked if there was a possibility of a room upgrade the following night, they just showed us how much it would be to upgrade. In my humble opinion, this is not "taking care of" your guests. We got in the room and there was a bottle of champagne and some chocolate covered strawberries (that looked like they were leftover from a prior wedding at the hotel). We decided to relax at the hotel that night and booked the Angel Oak restaurant. The staff knew that it was our anniversary and wished us a happy anniversary. The server was friendly but most likely new and uneducated about the menu and food. I mentioned I was a vegetarian and he suggested I order something with pancetta in it. Thankfully, as a trained chef and food blogger, I know that pancetta is pork. There wasn't anything complimentary offered for our special day. No free glass of champagne, appetizer, amuse bouche, or dessert was offered. I ordered the gnocchi appetizer and the waiter asked the chef to double it since he thought it might not be enough. He brought out my dish and there was literally a MOUNTAIN of gnocchi that could have fed 6-8 people comfortably. Though the place was set in a beautiful location, the room itself was freezing, so much so that I had to keep my jacket on the entire time. The grounds were beautiful and the Bistro was good but overpriced for what it was. Needless to say, we will not be staying here again. We would have been better off staying downtown nearer the shops and the nightlife. If you choose to book, be prepared to be treated as an average customer, but know that you will be paying an extraordinary price for that.

ccatl0w - Westlake Village, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Note this is at least 12 miles north of Santa Barbara it is not right in the city but it's has a really beautiful setting most of the resort buildings are on a hill meaning you have to travel uphill and downhill to get from the main building two different guest room areas and the pool. How many rooms do not have an ocean view which is a little bit misleading and disappointed but everything else is really nice. Staff are super friendly. The rooms are quite comfortable and the free spa is a treat.

Jonathan S

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds, large rooms with all amenities, fine food and gracious staff. Swimming pools and hot tubs, too. Service is also excellent. You can be driven by special carts to different parts of the hotel. They could use a better beach area. It is very rocky with little sand and difficult to access.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I generally would never rate any hotel as one star but this experience was not at all pleasant. We booked thru priceline (paid in advance- not pay at hotel) as a last minute booking for an mini anniversary trip in addition to upcoming trip we are starting next week to Hawaii. Valet guys were very polite. Check-in was pleasant and the lady who checked us in was great. The property is gorgeous and it is an exuberant location right at the beach. Room- Our room was in villa 7 which is one story and had a nice patio. The cleanliness entering the room was 8/10 (dust on junction of ceiling and walls, someone's hair on toilet seat) but we decided not to be bothered as we were there for two nights and didn't want to switch the room. The toiletry was not even got replenished on day 2 (first time I have experienced this as most resorts ensure that your bathroom is stocked) Restaurants and food: We stopped by pool bar on day one to have some appetizers and few drinks before dinner. It was self seating and they were not at all busy however, the tables were not clean and we had to flag a busser/ server who were busy gossiping to have a table clean up. Wine glass was dirty so we had to ask server to give us a new glass but she her response was "most glasses are like this because they haven't been waxed.. Hummus we ordered tasted stale and presentation was sub-par. We decided to skip ordering anything else. For dinner- we decided to eat at Angel Oak which had nice reviews. We didn't have reservation so the host gave us a choice to wait for two hours or have a dinner at bar but restaurant had lot of empty seats for the next two hours we spent at the bar having our dinner. The drinks were served quick and bartender offered us a sample of their signature drink "smoke on water" which was nice. The complementary breads were delicious. The dessert was great too. Besides that- the food and service was disappointing. We ordered a mac and cheese without meat but they served it with pancetta. They replaced it without meat but made it sound like we didn't ask ahead of time which was not a case. We talked to bartender that we both don't eat meat and went with his recommended items and made sure with each item was without meat. The cauliflower steak was forgettable. We decided to skip eating at the resort next day and opted to eat out in downtown SB. The morning of checkout- we ordered room service breakfast and regretted ordering the food from resort. Huevos rancheros was ok but rest of the breakfast could have been better. Guess we thought day 1 was an off-day for resort such as Baccara was incorrect on our part. At checkout, they gave us a receipt of incidentals, resort fees (around $40 a night) and parking fee ($30ish a night) and confirmed that room was paid in full by third party. Two days later, I noticed a charge of $800+ on my card which got posted. I called the front desk with my concern and the guy said he had to investigate. After explaining and sending my priceline receipt, the guy credited the charge and admitted that it was human error. (How is this an human error if you are confirming that only charge was for incidentals and resort+parking fee?) If I had not noticed a charge, they would have charged me twice for a not so pleasant stay. I hope that they improve their processes and customer experience as it is a great location for a quick getaway from LA area. May be we will stick to other resorts until then.

apurva s - Los Angeles, California, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible service, gorgeous views, beautiful decor, and a jaw droppingly beautiful pool nestled within a beautiful community. It is about a 15 minute drive to downtown, but well worth it to stay at this hidden gem.

StacyTravelsTheW0rld - Los Angeles, California

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