Belmond El Encanto

Santa Barbara's only Fobes Five-Star resort

Belmond El Encanto

A Forbes Five Star resort, Belmond El Encanto captures the grace and romance that endeared it to the local community and visitors alike since 1918. Choose from 92 suites and bungalows that dot seven acres of pristine gardens and enjoy sweeping ocean and Santa Barbara views. Original architectural features delightful, complemented by modern additions, including a zero-edge swimming pool and lavish spa. California cuisine enhances the Belmond El Encanto experience. The hotel offers the ultimate secluded retreat, creating a luxurious and authentic ambience for romance and rediscovery.

Hotel Tip

Enjoy a ride to the beach on our Faraday electric bicycles or hop on our Mercedes sprinter to taste premium wines at El Paseo in the historic Presidio neighborhood.

Virtuoso Preferred Supplier Since 15 May 2013

Virtuoso Amenities   

For 2019:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests served in the restaurant or room service
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay. Valid on food, beverage and spa treatments. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

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Highly Recommend

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2014

We loved this hotel.  We were upgraded upon arrival to a beautiful room.  The service was fantastic.  The pool area was so peaceful.  It overlooked Santa Barbara.  The spa was wonderful along with the dining.  We ate outside for all our meals (in April).  The staff was friendly and courteous.  They even had motorized bikes that my husband used for an trip down to Santa Barbara.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber
Not Recommended

Consistently under-delivered and under performed

By: Janet

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2016

Our family chose to stay at El Encanto but it will be the last time. They disappointed from check-in to check-out. The food and the setting/view were the only redeeming qualities.
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The patio is the heart of the place!

By: ChrisAnn

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2016

The patio is a very relaxing place. The bungalows have heated floss and are unique. Lots of locals ere competing for reservations or "first come, first served" when we were there though.
Travel Advisor:  Bette Prochaska

Better and better!

By: RichS

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

This was our second stay here and it was even better than the first. The accommodations were luxurious, tasteful and more than we could have asked for. The staff is equally top notch! Everyone was more than pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to make us feel special and at home. It was a wonderful stay and we look forward to returning again!
Travel Advisor:  Jane Edwards


By: Linda

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2017

Good. Room was lovely, food was excelllent and spa was great. The service in the hotel was spotty. Ie it was long to get our car from valet
Travel Advisor:  Jodi Bushkin

Another great Belmond

By: jack gorman

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

It is becoming obvious to my wife and I why everyone at Jennifer Wilson likes the Belmond Hotels. This one in Santa Barbara was fabulous, perched high above the city and the ocean. Our suite was so comfortable and elegant and the service was fantastic. One minor point: they need better maps. Getting down the hills to the city below and back up on a bicycle may seem easy to people who live there, but it is very easy to get lost. But the bikes the Belmost provided, with electric assist to get back up the mountain, were, like everything else about this hotel, amazing.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg

Beautiful resort

By: Christy

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Very nice , comfortable rooms. Restaurant a little dis organized but food good!
Travel Advisor:  Georgia Smith

Belmond Santa Barbara

By: Jeeps

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2018

Originally not our first choice but glad we ended up there. Honestly the best feature of the hotel was the staff. Helpful, friendly and engaging from the front desk to the bell hops to the waitstaff and the valets.
Travel Advisor:  Sally May

Our favorite!

By: Michelle

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2018

This was one of our favorite hotels on our trip! The staff was some of the friendliest & most helpful we encountered! Pool & room service was excellent! Loved the old California style!
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry


By: Chris & Asia

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2018

Everything about this place is incredible. The cottages. The restaurant. The view. The service. Wedding season makes this quaint place feel a bit crouded. But once the weddings were over it was the perfect amount of people. Look forward to going back!
Travel Advisor:  Cate Caruso

Santa Barbara

By: Santa Barbara

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2018

El Encanto was a beautiful little boutique set in the hills above SANTA Barbara. Service was great. Rooms lovely. Spa amazing. The food was OK, not great but the view from the outdoor dining patio more than makes up for it.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Poses

enchanted cottage

By: loml95

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018

loved it. not our first. friendly, accommodating. dog friendly. beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Jessica Hart
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By: maggie

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

Belmond's El Encanto is one of those very special places that transport you physically and spiritually. Your every wish is answered. The staff is highly trained, intuitive and solicitous without being intrusive. The hotel's setting is lovely, the accomodations both luxurious and practical (we had a bungalow with a living room w/fireplace, and with a comfortable front porch and views of the Riviera and ocean beyond), the spa was wonderful, and the food at all meals was delicious. Breakfast was a particular treat. El Encanto was a very special experience and I look forward to revisiting soon.
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west coast

By: Eddie

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

Fantastic great Hotel
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce
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Luxurious and well located.

By: hud1226

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2018

The Belmond El Encanto is a bit of a throwback in time. The embiance is old fashioned luxury, without being stuffy at all. The grounds are beautiful and our room was well-appointed and lavish. All the employees we encountered were warm, friendly and professional.
Travel Advisor:  Liana Kraushaar Merriman
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Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2018

Loved this hotel and the person at the desk was great!
Travel Advisor:  Jenny Westermann
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