Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara

If Santa Barbara epitomises the California lifestyle, then Bacara Resort & Spa is the distilled essence of the sun-on-the-beach, style-on-the-street atmosphere of Santa Barbara.


Walk along the palm-lined boulevards, saunter out onto the pier towards the seafood restaurant – pelicans wheeling above your head – or jog along the two miles of natural beach with the Pacific Ocean lapping at your toes, and you are living the California lifestyle. To really exaggerate the experience, hire a convertible T-Bird (or a Harley) and drive along State 101, chasing the sun along the edge of the sea. Or specify a stay at the Bacara Resort & Spa.

Poised on the edge of Santa Barbara itself, with two miles of impeccable beach at your feet, the Bacara – with its Californian/Spanish architecture - will become a natural high point of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to the USA. Turn your face to the sun and cue the Beach Boys.

Bacara Resort & Spa, at a glance

  • Ultimately luxurious hotel poised on the edge of the ocean
  • Just 10 minutes’ drive from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Choice of 358 guest rooms and expansive suites
  • All have private patios or balconies with ocean, garden or mountain views
  • Totally renovated in a contemporary, designer-Spanish style
  • Two poster platform beds and marbled en suite bathrooms
  • Rooms have gas fireplaces whilst suites feature gas or wood-burning hearths
  • Dining options include fine restaurants, bistros, cafés, bars and wine tasting room

For leisure and pleasure

  • Three zero-edged swimming pools with sweeping views over the ocean
  • Spa dedicated to beauty and renewal
  • Fitness centre and four tennis courts
  • Sun terrace with boma-style fire
  • Verdant garden paths meandering down to two miles of natural beach, fringing the glorious Pacific
  • 78 acres of exclusive, oceanfront gardens
  • Scenic, Amtrak Surfliner rail trips to Los Angeles
  • Three 18-hole championship golf courses within easy reach
  • Horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, wine tasting and shopping excursions
  • Surfing, kayaking and sailing
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  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7