Driving through the dramatic, palm tree-lined entrance to Bacara Resort & Spa, guests are likely to share the same reaction I had on a recent visit: I won’t be leaving the premises any time soon. And really, there’s no need to—even though the beachfront property is located just 18 minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara. With three restaurants, four tennis courts, two golf courses, three pools and a 42,000 square-foot spa, the hotel feels like a world of its own.
Warm Spanish-style design elements and lush gardens around the property ensure that despite Bacara’s massive size (78 acres in total), it never feels overwhelming. The rooms are arguably what make the visit to Bacara so unique—there are stunning views, fireplaces and golf carts with drivers at the ready. We spoke to General Manager Kathleen Cochran for a glimpse into the California oasis.
The most requested room:
What makes it so special:
This two-story, 3,700 square-foot hideaway is located on the edge of a beautiful bluff. It features a wraparound oceanfront balcony, two master suites, two four-fixture marble baths, a private entrance, original artwork, spiral staircase, an elevator, a dining room for six people, a wet bar and workout equipment. There’s an expansive outdoor terrace with a wood-burning fireplace overlooking the most stunning views of the Santa Barbara coastline. Guests also receive personal 24-hour service by the resort’s VIP Director Merlyn Taggert.
$10,000 per night.
Your persona1 favorite:
The view. You have the best of Santa Barbara’s iconic landscapes—the ocean to the right and the Santa Ynez Mountains to the left.
The resort features a 211-seat screening room for movie premieres, performing arts and weekly/complimentary movie nights for our guests. The resort previously hosted Oprah’s Legends Ball.