Following extensive renovation works, Orient Express Hotels is scheduled to re-open the iconic El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara in March this year. The early 20th-century property will recapture the romance and glamour that made it a preferred getaway of Hollywood’s elite. Located on seven acres of landscaped gardens with a trellised-lined arbor and lily pond, El Encanto showcases commanding views of the Pacific Ocean from its hilltop perch. The secluded retreat will feature 92 California-style bungalows, many outfitted with fireplaces and private patios or gardens. The Hummingbird Suite boats two private patios, an outdoor shower, and soothing water feature.
The newly restored El Encanto Hotel will features several food & beverage outlets, including the Dining Room; the Terrace for outdoor dining on warm evenings; the Wine Room, a private enclave located within the Dining Room; the Lounge, ideal for afternoon tea and light bites; and the Bar. El Encanto will keep its own cow called Ellie. Housed on a farm in central California, Ellie’s milk will be used for specialty cheese served by the restaurant.
For leisure, guests have access to a spa with seven treatment rooms, an outdoor infinity edge pool, and a fitness center located alongside a private salon for core fitness, yoga, and Pilates. Additional amenities include a window-lined ballroom with private terrace and an array of outdoor event venues.
Orient-Express Hotels bought the property in 2004 and expected to spend $134 million total on purchase and renovation.