Santa Barbara—America’s Riviera, with a sparkling coastline, dynamic upscale food scene, and red Mediterranean-style roofs—will add a unexampled hotel for the town in March.
The historic El Encanto will reopen as part of of the Orient-Express Hotels portfolio. First produced in 1918, it shuttered in the summer of 2006 to kick off the multi-million-dollar renovation and transformation that exudes even more luxury. Nestled on seven spots of gardens (including a lily pond), and with views of the Pacific Ocean from a hilltop setting, guests bunk in style within 22 bungalow suites and 70 bungalow rooms.
After the property reopens, guests get access to a spa, restaurant focused on cuisine prepared using classic French techniques with a California-coastal rewrite, and an infinity-edge swimming pool.
At the restaurant, where Patrice Martineau is executive chef (born in Troyes, France, he last cooked at The Peninsula Tokyo and has furthermore worked at Daniel in New York town and Savoy in London), almost all from the wines hail from regions immediately outside of Santa Barbara. It’s the perfect pairing with fruits and veobtainables picked minutes before a meal from an onsite garden. There’s additionally a single farm-to-table focus: “Ellie” is usually that the resort’s cow, her milk used to craft a special cheese available at the restaurant, paired with a pint of El Encanto’s unpasteurized beer brewed nearby. El Encanto even roasts its personal coffee. Some of the springtime plates reflect Martineau’s not old time in Tokyo, such as slow-roasted Daikon radish and seaweed custard with poached quail eggs. Guests can dine indoors or outdoors, both with sights from the Pacific Ocean. Tea (plus scones and pastries) is served just about every afternoon from the lounge and cocktails (with Japanese and American bar food) at a bar just about every evening. Wine lovers can peruse the extensive wine list at El Encanto’s Wine Room, where a meals menu is available too.
Most of the bungalows feature counces amenities like fireplaces and private patios or gardens, generating a “home out from home.” There’s in addition a lavish marble bathroom in every single. For those traveling in groups, some bungalows interconnect and even now others feature sofa beds for more sleeping room. Designed for couples, the Hummingbird Suite is 800 square foot with two patios, an outdoor shower and water feature.
At The Spa at El Encanto are seven remotion rooms, including a couple’s room and a wet treatment room. All of the eliminations rely on seasonal, organic ingredients. After a remotion, guests are welcome to sip detox teas on the outdoor patio or unwind in a relaxation lounge. There are additionally steam rooms, showers and—from the yoga Centre—cardio equipment and a Focused space for core yoga, pilates, and pilates.
To further explore the property, and its surrounding hillside, guests can borrow electric bicycles.
Based on double occupancy, rates commence at $525 per night.