Luxury is in full force at the newly redesigned Belmond El Encanto. It’s no wonder Forbes gave it five stars—the only such rating in Santa Barbara (Oprah is a fan, too). Here, it’s all about service and those little details, like a monogrammed pillow with your surname initial. Opt for a bungalow suite, which feels like a secluded oasis, where you’ll savor a morning cup of coffee in your own private garden; in the evening, relax with a glass of wine in front of your own fireplace.
Book a table for dinner at the restaurant on the earlier side, and request to be seated outside on the patio for an incredible view of the Santa Barbara sunset.