Belmond El Encanto | Santa Barbara
That the Belmond El Encanto, located in scenic Santa Barbara, is an exquisite getaway is no secret to travelers in the know. On arrival, head to the outdoor patio for a specialty cocktail—and an extraordinary view—then take a slow walk over to your room, located down a winding path in one of their California Mission-style wooden cottages, an ode to the area’s historic religious legacy. Inside, you’ll find a spacious rustic-chic room flooded with soft light, wooden floors, marbled counters, rain showers and deep soaking tubs, often with a private terrace to boot. Love it already? You’re not alone. The 100-year-old property, whose name means “charm,” has hosted several presidents and dignitaries, starting with John F. Kennedy and his bride, a young Jacqueline, who chose the property for their honeymoon (800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, Calif.; 800-393-5315).
Words: Kym Allison Backer
Photos: Belmond El Encanto Hotel