El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel - Santa Barbara, California

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Rooms & Suites: 92 Suites, Bungalows, Rooms

Experience timeless Californian glamor at this iconic retreat that reflects 1920s style.

El Encanto celebrates Santa Barbara’s early architecture fusing California Craftsman and Spanish Colonial, this iconic retreat reflects 1920s style coupled with splashes of modern artistry. Work from local artist Charles Arnoldi adds extra drama to your stay. Seven acres of gloriously landscaped gardens offer sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Drift through the rare flora and make the most of the balmy West Coast evenings.

A sublime dining experience is guaranteed at El Encanto. Playing host to some of the best restaurants in southern California, the passion for artisanal ingredients and exceptional flavors matches the region’s culinary abundance. Expect in-season herbs from the ocean-facing garden and fresh seafood caught daily from the shores below.

Trip Type

Business Meeting, Pet Friendly, Romantic Getaway, Spa & Wellness, Wedding


Rooms invite coastal-style serenity with a blend of light, airy textures and locally carved furnishings that echo the tranquility outside. Underfloor heating and wood burning stoves warm up the cooler seasons. Marble baths invite truly decadent bathing. Come spring, throw open your ocean-facing patio doors and drink in the breeze from the privacy of your terrace.


Gaze out across the Pacific while soaking up the sun in our lavish zero-edge swimming pool. It’s the perfect setting to unwind and acclimatize to El Encanto’s easygoing lifestyle. The pool is open every day from 11am to 5pm.


Taking inspiration from coastal elements, The Spa at El Encanto promises a sublime escape. Expert treatments feature luxurious skincare lines, offering a wonderful route to wellness. After your treatment, recline with detoxifying teas or juices on the Dining Room terrace—the views of Santa Barbara will enchant you.

Weddings, Events & Meetings

Picture the indulgence of El Encanto all to yourself. From the charming bungalows brimming with breezy West Coast glamor to our enchanting gardens with glittering Pacific views. Takeover our 92-room estate for weddings, parties, meetings or incentives and our team will help you to customize every aspect of your stay. With exclusive use, you can turn your Santa Barbara getaway into an unforgettable escape.


Boutique wineries, coastal sailing trips, polo matches: there’s a vast array of things to do in Santa Barbara. Whatever your dream Californian adventure, El Encanto is the perfect gateway into the golden state.


Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)

Airport Distance

9 miles (15 minutes)

Getting There

97 miles (1 hour and 50 minutes) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)