Recently added to The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of 100 properties worldwide, Santa Barbara’s iconic Bacara resort has never looked better. Like any successful makeover, changes to the property are subtle yet undeniable. The swimming pools seem bluer. The lush gardens appear greener. The food is tastier. And the achromatic white Mediterranean villas dazzle in the sunlight. There is no doubt – The Ritz-Carlton brand suits Bacara.
Having established itself as a desired Southern California oceanfront destination since its 2000 opening, the resort and its 358 guest rooms and suites were poised for a polished revitalization. Several ownership groups and hospitality management teams have come and gone through the years, but The Ritz-Carlton’s specific aura of understated luxury is perhaps the most fitting complement to the quintessentially California resort and its stunning natural setting.
And those heightened colors and flavors? It’s not pure imagination. The multi-million-dollar transformation included gallons of fresh white paint and additional garden greenery. And new menu items celebrate the bounty of the region. But ironically, the change least visible is perhaps that which is most noticeable – a Ritz-Carlton-infused spirit of supreme service and regard for each and every guest.
Located on 78 acres of California coastline, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is one of the few hotels in the area that offer direct access to the beach. This stretch of sand changes with every low and high tide; no two days are the same as waves deliver driftwood and rock to the shoreline based on the moon’s attraction to the sun.
The sand hides a bit in winter weather but reveals itself in all of its SoCal glory during summer, when the resort’s outpost Beach House opens seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day to serve light snacks and beverages. But be it winter or summer, and whether beach bound or not, the coastal views and the sound of crashing waves permeate the Bacara property.
Not a fan of sand in your toes? Then relax poolside at one of Bacara’s three zero-edge, salt-water swimming pools. Rent a decked-out upper or lower cabana overlooking the Cabana Pool with television, refrigerator, dining table, and fresh fruit and water service. Recline at the larger Resort Pool with the ocean as your backdrop, or luxuriate at the adults-only Spa Pool (below), adjacent to the 42,000 square foot Spa. Your stay includes access to the spa’s redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, sumptuous fireside lounges, and rooftop terrace.
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SOURCE: (Luxury Travel Magazine)