Virtuoso Amenities   

For 2018:

  • 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 or 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

Reviews and Recommendations for Belmond El Encanto


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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