At BelmondEl Encanto, it's impossible not to relax among its winding paths, lush lawns, secluded terraces and wisteria-draped pergola. This enchanting enclave, declared in March 2005 by Travel + Leisure Golf as "unique among Santa Barbara hotels," enjoys a pastoral setting in picturesque Santa Barbara. Since 1915 this lovely property has provided seclusion in beautiful California Craftsman or Spanish Colonial Revival-style cottages and fine dining that has remained a favorite of locals for 80 years.
With its lush coastal foliage and picturesque blend of Spanish and Mediterranean architecture, Santa Barbara has been called the American Riviera. When you're not swimming in the solar heated pool or playing tennis, walk to beloved area attractions that include the Mission Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Riviera Theater to catch a foreign film. Further out you'll find excellent golf courses, whale-watching cruises, the historic El Paseo District and the Santa Ynez Valley wine region, made famous in the award-winning film, Sideways.