Sponsored by The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Located a short 20-minute drive North from Downtown Santa Barbara, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a Mediterranean-inspired retreat set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains. Nestled in the Gaviota Coast, the resort spans 78 waterfront acres and features 358 guest rooms and suites, three salt-water infinity pools, two natural beaches, lush gardens, and a collection of premier amenities. Set along a two-mile natural beach, the resort puts the Pacific Ocean as the focus from nearly every point of this luxury hotel: restaurants overlook it, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is inspired by it and event spaces frame it beautifully.
With a selection of five room types and five suite options, each selection captures the vibrancy of Santa Barbara and the elegance of the Mediterranean. While select accommodations include outdoor spaces which offer ocean, garden, or courtyard views, their most opulent accommodation is the 3,700 square-foot two-story Channel Island Suite. With the ability to comfortably sleep five adults, the villa features two master bedrooms, a dining room, office, and kitchenette, two ocean-view terraces, and more. Like other rooms and suites on the property, guests will have access to luxurious Asprey bath amenities, full marble bathrooms and soft Frette linens.
Home to six culinary venues, each dish or drink served features the same side, a breathtaking ocean view. Their signature restaurant Angel Oak is a traditional steakhouse with a modern twist and is home to the resort’s 12,000-bottle wine collection. Set off the resort’s grand lobby, ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen is perfect for a light snack, pre-dinner drink with a shareable plates menu which are paired with specialty cocktails, wines, and spirits. The Bistro is a more casual spot which features items from local farmers and sustainable seafood sources either inside or on the patio alongside the wood-burning fireplace and enhanced heating system.
Adjacent to The Bistro, the Pool Bar offers an ideal menu for guests enjoying a day out in the sun from frozen drinks, fresh salad, chips and guacamole, pizza, or fish tacos. The resort’s coffee shop First Drop offers a selection of coffee, espresso and tea beverages, smoothies, fresh pastries and soft-serve ice cream perfect for a quick morning pick-me-up prior to a fun day ahead. Set amid a luxurious, intimate setting, the Foley Food & Wine Society (FFWS) Wine Tasting Room offers a unique tasting experience to their 12,000-bottle cellar.
At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Bacara resort guests can take full advantage of the 42,000 square-foot, three-story, spa and wellness center to relax and renew. From the redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fireside lounges and the rooftop terrace, the comprehensive spa is a holistic retreat with traditional and alternative treatments. After enjoying Spa pool, choose from a selection of treatments which range from: massages, acupuncture, facials from Natura Bissé and nail services which include a few signature experiences like the Bacara Signature Massage, Inhibit Facial, and The Hollywood Facial.
The coastal resort is home to beautiful beaches for surfing and sailing, mountains for hiking and biking, golf, tennis and more. While on the property, receive one-on-one attention from the resident tennis pro, walk the ¼ mile on-property Chumash Nature Trail or play a round at the adjacent championship golf course. For children, the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment offers a variety of supervised activities allowing children to discover the Gaviota Coast’s natural wonders both on land and sea. Other rentals and tours from horseback riding, biking, hiking, and other activities are available through CalCoast Adventures, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, and Coastal Concierge.
Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the resort also offers 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space and an expansive ballroom. From corporate meetings to fairytale weddings, the oceanfront hotel is an ideal venue to host a one-of-a-kind event.
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