18 March 2013
El Encanto at Santa Barbara is open now
Join us in this glamorous hideaway overlooking the California coast.
There's great news for visitors to the American Riviera. El Encanto, which looks on to the Santa Barbara coast is now open and welcoming its first guests. Years of meticulous restoration are now complete and it's time to pour a glass of the resort's custom-crafted Chardonnay and savour the peace and intimacy of this pristine hideaway.
Ever since this celebrated retreat was established nearly 100 years ago, it has revelled in a hilltop setting worthy of a movie romance. So why not enjoy that first sip of wine on a dreamy terrace looking out to sea. Beyond the trees and vast panorama of Santa Barbara rooftops is the glistening Pacific Ocean - a magical view.
Stroll around the gardens, threaded by streams and shaded by citrus trees. Take a seat by the Lily Pond or make a special request at the ancient Wishing Well.
You can feast on California cuisine with a dash of French and Japanese flair courtesy of executive chef Patrice Martineau. There's a destination spa where you can be massaged with treatments based on products from nearby vineyards after a swim in the outdoor zero-edge pool. Or simply watch the sun set from one of the 92 California-style bungalows, knowing that you are among the first to experience this exceptional place.
Special PackagesCelebrate a great occasion, indulge in fine cuisine or spot whales and dolphins off the California coast. Browse our special packages at El Encanto. Find out more >
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