Perched high in the Santa Barbara hills, this iconic hideaway offers the best views of the American Riviera. Spread across seven acres of secluded gardens, Belmond El Encanto opened in 1918 and has been part of Santa Barbara’s social scene ever since. The resort is gleaming and glamorous, yet relaxed and low key. The kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine. Better yet, Rincon point is a mere 20 minutes drive, Sandspit is just down the road, and much more.

Affiliations: Virtuoso, Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, Traveller Made, Forbes Five Star

Rooms: 95 Suites and Guestrooms

Best time of the year: Year-Round, but this region doesn’t get much swell in summer, as it’s mostly shadowed by the channel islands, so October to April are usually the best months from a swell perspective.

Local Airport: SBA - Santa Barbara Airport (domestic) | LAX - Los Angeles International Airport

Airlift to Local Airport: SBA has direct flights to/from Dallas (AA), Denver (UA and Frontier), Las Vegas (Contour), Los Angeles (UA), Minneapolis (Sun Country), Oakland (Contour), Phoenix (AA), Portland (Alaska), San Francisco (UA) and Seattle (Alaska). | LAX has excellent access to/from the main hubs around the world as well as US domestic airports.

From Airport: SDU = 15 minutes drive. | LAX = 2h drive.

Surf Spots nearby: Rincon Point, Sandspit, Ventura Point, EL Capitan, Silverstrand, and many more.

Dining: Fine Dining (The Dining Room and Terrace) + Light Dining & Tea (The Lounge) + Piano Lobby Bar

Facilities & Services: Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool + SPA + Gym

Meetings & Events: No dedicated Meeting and conference rooms