Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Originally debuting in 1918, this iconic hotel, perched hillside in the exclusive American Riviera neighbourhood of Santa Barbara, instantly became a well-known retreat for creative types wanting a break from LA.
True to its Californian roots, and now meticulously restored after a seven-year US$134 million makeover, this gorgeous hotel recaptures the glamour that enticed its guests back in the day and combines it with modern California’s laid-back vibe.
Its 92 bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds and pay homage to the region’s classic architecture, while seven tranquil acres of landscaped gardens offer sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean.
Around the resort there’s a serene boutique spa, a lavish infinity-edge pool and an insanely-delicious signature
restaurant that showcases innovative contemporary California-coastal cuisine
with a side of stunning Santa Barbara views, all perfectly paired with wines
from the area’s many local vineyards.