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Belmond El Encanto
Location: California - United States
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Fragrant gardens spilling over with colorful blooms . . . peaceful terraces tucked in among the trees . . . a delicious dinner served al fresco, with hillside views tumbling down to the sparkling Pacific. How apropos that Belmond El Encanto means "The Enchantment," because you can't help but be taken in by its ethereal beauty, serene setting, and magical views, all of which conspire to cast you under their spell. Of course, you might have opted for a stay right on the beach, with the resultant noise and congestion. But clever you, you chose this location from which to explore Santa Barbara—somewhat removed from the shoreline, with tropical foliage and shaded walkways running between clusters of bungalows, each a private retreat with a cool tiled terrace for al fresco dining and a sumptuous marble bathroom with rainforest shower and heated stone floors. Your retreat might also have a fireplace for chilly nights and French doors leading from a separate living area to your spacious master bedroom. And those views! Each terrace vista is framed by gardens and trees, making it a perfect little work of art.

Whether you choose your visit as a romantic escape—weddings and honeymoons are very popular here—or as a much-needed break from the hectic city, Belmond El Encanto delivers peace and serenity around every corner. Enjoy a quiet bench tucked in among the seven acres of glorious gardens, a sleek (and decidedly adult) infinity-edge swimming pool, a pampering spa with treatments that incorporate Belmond El Encanto's own signature oils, and an elegant dining room serving innovative California-coastal cuisine highlighted by artisanal cheeses—each made from the milk of Ellie, the hotel's own Holstein cow! Oh, and did we mention that well-behaved pets are welcome guests as well?
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