El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel - Brownell Travel

El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel

Santa Barbara, California

Why You Will Love It

When you stay at Belmond El Encanto, you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a classic California movie. Perched on a hill overlooking a charming residential neighborhood, this iconic hotel was built in 1918, purchased by Belmond in 2006, and reopened in 2013 after seven years of renovations. The property still captures the romance, glamour, and laidback SoCal style while offering the personalized service and modern amenities of a 5-star hotel.

Defining Factor

The location. Belmond El Encanto sits on seven acres of lush gardens overlooking Santa Barbara, so you are only minutes from the shops and restaurants but can retreat to this oasis whenever you want.

Don't Leave Without

Taking time to simply soak in the property. Whether you have a glass of wine while listening to live music, indulge in a spa treatment, or enjoy a meal on the outdoor terrace overlooking Santa Barbara and the ocean, slow down and absorb the ambiance of this intimate property.


There are two main restaurants, The Dining Room and Terrace and The Lounge, plus The Wine Room for private dining events. All of the food is prepared with locally-sourced produce, including herbs from the chef’s garden and cheese made from the resort’s cow!

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The Details

Belmond El Encanto is in the Riviera neighborhood in Santa Barbara. You can walk to the Santa Barbara Mission or you can have the resort car take you to and from town. From the property, you can also drive to Montecito, wineries, the Funk Zone, and more.

The hotel is 9 miles from the Santa Barbara airport (SBA) and 97 miles from Los Angeles International airport (LAX).

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