By Tara | Loon Point Beach, CA
Resort ready for a Summer escape to one of Santa Barbara’s finest luxury resorts.
When Summertime rolls around there’s always one thing on our mind: lounging. During the sun-drenched days of July and August, tourists and locals alike flock to one of California’s finest resort destinations. If you’re searching for some much-needed rest and relaxation, pamper yourself like an A-Lister and head to Santa Barbara, California. The town’s idyllic location – nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean – leaves you with one of two options: a romantic mountainside rendezvous or sophisticated seaside escape. Whether you plan a quick day trip, weekend jaunt, or full-fledged vacation, you’re in for a restful stay.
Santa Barbara is the epitome of laid-back luxury. It’s one of few towns that effortlessly balances California casual with an understated elegance. Whether you’re looking to spend a lot of time down by the water or prefer to lounge poolside, Santa Barbara has plenty of luxurious accommodations, many of which offer direct beach access. Make the most of your stay and book a night at one of our favorite resorts. Plus, they are all pet-friendly!
WHERE TO STAY
The Biltmore will always be one of our favorites! It’s quintessentially Santa Barbara. The Biltmore is the definition of luxury living as it captures the allure of California sophistication. Just steps from beautiful Butterfly Beach you’ll find yourself from brunch at Bella Vista to the sand in no time. Guests also have access to one of the “jewels of Santa Barbara’s social scene,” The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.
If relaxation is your primary reason for heading to California’s Central Coast, look no further than the Bacara. This resort offers plenty of amenities for those who enjoy the finer things in life. You can’t visit the Bacara without immersing yourself in a full day spa experience. Treat yourself to a bespoke facial or signature massage. You won’t want to leave!
The Belmond El Encanto is a Californian Classic! It has just the right balance of old Hollywood glam and modern sophistication. Tucked away in the hills of Santa Barbara and spread across seven acres, this resort offers breathtaking views of the American Riviera. It’ll become your perfect sanctuary.
This romantic hideaway may just be our absolute favorite! You can’t beat its rustic charm and natural beauty. The San Ysidro Ranch has been opening its doors to discerning guests for over a century. It was John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat and the place where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged their vows. From individually decorated cottages to luxurious spa treatments, and fine dining at their award-winning restaurant, The Stonehouse, you won’t want to leave!
The Canary Hotel will always be one of our top picks. Situated in the center of downtown Santa Barbara and one block from State Street, you’re steps away from some of the best attractions in the area. Combine its amazing location with its Spanish-style sophistication and you’re in for a true Santa Barbara experience. The best part: there’s a beautiful rooftop pool offering stunning views from the mountains to the sea.
It seems like everyone is talking about this resort lately! It has become an oceanside oasis for both visitors and locals. The gorgeous Rosewood Miramar is a beautifully renovated property on a 16-acre stretch of beachfront just east of Santa Barbara. The design was inspired by the neighboring mansions of Montecito and offers guests a truly luxe experience. The property features several dining options, a spa, and is home to goop‘s first permanent hotel retail experience.
Hotel Californian is “the new center of the Santa Barbara waterfront.” Situated in the heart of the Funk Zone – Santa Barbara’s vibrant, ever-evolving artistic neighborhood – urban tasting rooms, art galleries, and vintage boutiques are right outside your door front. With the Amtrak station only one block away, Hotel Californian is an excellent option for those arriving by train.
What to wear
Think versatile maxi dresses, chic swimwear, and statement-worthy accessories!