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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, 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 The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
8301 Hollister Avenue
Isla Vista, California

Amenities for The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

  • General Information
  • 354 Guest Rooms
  • Pet Amenities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room Service
  • Bar & Lounge
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Boutiques
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pool Cabanas
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Saltwater Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • DVD Players
  • Mini Bar
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • 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 The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

OMG! This property is exquisite- with no exaggeration! We recently had a party of 20 to help celebrate our daughters 30th birthday ! We chose to have it outside on their balcony by the fires &ice tables. The staff was SO accommodating- we had a lovely area with plenty of seating, standup heaters, and of course a beautiful view of the ocean. We had drinks and appetizers- and everything was delicious, we had a variety of appetizers to choose from, and they were willing to cut up some of them into smaller pieces for everyone to enjoy. The service was fast and always checking to see if we needed anything. As the night got a bit chilly , the staff even offered our guests blankets which helped the celebration to continue! We had made a poster of childhood pictures for everyone to enjoy , and the staff even got us an easel to display the poster - SO thoughtful! This resort has definitely trained their staff to accommodate the guests in any way they can - you will not be disappointed in your experience !! My daughter now has fabulous memories of her 30th - thank you Bacara !

Jacqueline1021 - Highland, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a beautiful experience here. Our room was right next to the pool and a bit noisy so they moved us to a quieter spot next to the spa. The rooms are beautiful, the spa is lovely, and the staff were very accommodating. The food was good but overpriced. This was to be expected. I definitely recommend staying here!

Melanie G

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Great location, superb service extremely well kept facilities, all what would you expect from a Ritz resort and beyond. Amenities, spa, food, beyond reproach but most importantly was the attention to details, the staff stepping up to one of the best service levels I have seen in a very long time.

Alex B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful resort and very nice rooms. The service is excellent. They have an iPad in the room where you can order food and services. Staff is very attentive. Ate at the Bistro and like the food. Grounds ate beautiful and calm.

FredN47 - Walnut Creek, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This resort has a beautiful location, perched atop a cliff in Santa Barbara. The rooms are very well appointed, comfy furnishings, large bathrooms and splendid details throughout. The spa leaves much to be desired. The menu also is lacking.

JetSetGoTravel - Scottsdale, Arizona

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