Santa Barbara

Belmond El Encanto

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • Luxury hotel is rated a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel
  • High in the hills of Santa Barbara with city and ocean views
  • Hotel restaurant emphasizes locally sourced ingredients
  • Infinity pool with stunning views


Nestled into the hillside of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Belmond El Canto is a secluded and luxe retreat from the everyday hustle and bustle. From its perch, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel has lush grounds and panoramic views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

The hotel retains architectural details from its original 1920s construction like overhanging eaves and multiple red brick fireplaces. Modern updates include luxurious touches like radiant-heated bathroom floors, marble soaking tubs, an infinity pool and a fitness room.

Rooms — called bungalows here — look more like private cottages with residential-style furnishings and accents. Larger suites have fireplaces and private outdoor space.

There’s a strong emphasis here on using locally grown ingredients. The on-site spa customizes each treatment with flora and fauna from the hotel grounds. The kitchen uses area growers for its produce and makes its own Belmond El Canto cheese from the hotel cow, Ellie.

In addition to a main restaurant, there’s also a lounge serving lighter fare and high tea service and a bar with artisanal snacks. 

Rooms & Rates

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  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 12pm

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Parking height restrictions apply.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 25 and USD 35 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 40.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 40.00 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 40 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A 0.195 percent city/local tax will be charged

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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