10 Gorgeous Luxury Hotels in Santa Barbara, California

Everyone needs a little "me" time. Enjoy yours by spoiling yourself silly at some of the most posh luxury hotels that Santa Barbara has to offer. Indulge in ritzy meals at on-premises, upscale restaurants or pamper yourself with plush king-sized beds and in-room deluxe hot tubs at luxury hotels like the San Ysidro Ranch Hotel Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort and Spa.

Unable to travel without your loving family? We understand. Treat the whole clan to a stay they won't soon forget at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. You'll get access to one of the most exclusive swimming and sports clubs in town, and there's a white sand beach just across the way. An organic juice and smoothie bar has treats for the kids, while a much more elegant bar serves adult beverages with an ocean view. And did we mention that pets are welcome too?

If you like to travel extravagantly (and who doesn't?), Santa Barbara luxury hotels are the only way to fly. Whether you prefer to stay in town, on the quiet outskirts or somewhere in between, this list will point you in the direction of your dream hotel.

So start packing - and don't forget to bring a fabulous pair of shades!


Located in the quaint and charming town of Los Olivos just north of Santa Barbara, the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa provides the perfect refuge from your daily routine. With elegance and an unsurpassed attention to detail, the luxurious accommodations allow you to relax and rejuvenate while you explore the surrounding Santa Barbara wine country. Petros, the onsite restaurant, features elegant Greek-inspired dishes crafted with wine country ingredients. Dozens of wine tasting rooms are within easy walking distance, with many scenic vineyards just a short drive away. For a truly indulgent experience, book one of their seasonal packages that combine their best amenities into a single, well-planned trip.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This luxe wine country getaway will make you the envy of all of your friends.

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The Inn of the Spanish Garden is a luxury boutique hotel just three blocks from busy State St. Sophisticated Spanish and Mediterranean themes inform the design of this enchanting hotel, making it the perfect place for an exotic escape from daily life. Guestrooms are outfitted with Frette linens, French press coffee makers and fireplaces. Their deluxe continental breakfast - complimentary with your reservation - includes mouthwatering quiches and steamy espresso drinks. In-room spa services are available. In the evening, a wine bar offers select local and featured wines by the glass or bottle (and an assortment imported and domestic of beers).

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: You won't find this hotel without a map, and that's exactly how they like it. Enjoy deluxe breakfasts, a fitness center and more.

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Kimpton's Santa Barbara boutique hotel is stylish, pet friendly and well situated. Located in Goleta, not far from the Santa Barbara airport and a 10-minute drive from downtown, The Goodland has all the perks of a big hotel, paired with all the charms of a small one. Enjoy evening social events, fitness classes and in-room record players (they even have a Record Concierge on call). Rooms are decorated with a laid-back surf vibe and include high-end amenities like flat screen TVs. The Goodland is extremely pet friendly; as long as your pet fits through the door of your room, he or she can stay for free! Excellent bar and restaurant onsite.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Chill out at The Goodland, a lovely hotel with all the quirks and perks you expect from Kimpton.

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For a little beachside pampering, book your stay at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, a luxury hotel directly across from the beach and just half a mile from downtown Santa Barbara. All rooms include a private balcony or patio, making it the perfect place to enjoy one of Santa Barbara's typically mild evenings with your special someone. Three tennis courts, a fitness center and a shuffleboard court are available for guest use. If relaxing is more your speed, visit the Doubletree's full service spa and salon. There are four onsite restaurants as well as a full service bar and a BBQ area. Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort is also pet friendly.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Oceanfront and not far from downtown, the Doubletree has great tennis courts and lush grounds.

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This Southern California resort and spa located in the heart of beautiful Ojai offers guests a place to get away from it all. Resort services include complimentary guest room Internet access, golf practice facilities and free use of tennis courts. Most famously, guests also enjoy access to Spa Ojai with a scheduled spa treatment. Access to the spa for overnight resort guests without a scheduled treatment is only $20. The Golf Academy at the Ojai Valley Inn offers amateur and moderately skill golfers the opportunity to fine tune their technique and learn from some of the best in the game. The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa also provides a beautiful backdrop for special events, such as weddings.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This spa and golf resort has a little something for everyone in the idyllic community of Ojai, not far from Santa Barbara.

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The Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that's truly in the heart of the action. Less than a block off State St. in the middle of Santa Barbara's downtown district, The Canary features five floors of beautiful decor (handpainted tiles! custom metalwork!), dining and entertaining amenities, and gorgeous rooms. Four poster beds, hardwood floors, plush robes and private balconies are just the beginning. And did we mention the rooftop pool with amazing views? A full service establishment, the helpful staff at the Canary will help you plan your next trip or event to a tee, whether it involves wine tasting for two or a wedding with 100 guests.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Canary Hotel is in the middle of everything and has everything, including 3-bedroom suites for larger parties!

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Book a room at the El Encanto Hotel and Garden Villas to experience one of Santa Barbara's most legendary properties. Perfectly situated in a secluded, quiet part of town, the El Encanto is famous for its legendary views and luxury standards. Long a favorite of the Hollywood crowd, the recently reopened El Encanto treats every guest like a celebrity- right down to outfitting your bed with appropriately monogrammed linens. There is a spa, restaurant and bar onsite. Stroll the lush grounds or stop for a refreshing cocktail, and you'll feel transported above the hustle and bustle of daily life - exactly the goal at the El Encanto.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Get away from it all at this historic hotel tucked into the foothills of Santa Barbara. The El Encanto has unparalleled views.

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When you're ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Bacara Resort and Spa. Located on 78 acres acres of pristine coastline on Santa Barbara's northern shore, The Bacara offers you, your family and even your pet a taste of unbridled luxury. Book one of their 354 guestrooms; each has an ocean, garden or mountain view and about half have fireplaces. Visit their world-class spa for a rejuvenating treatment or trip to the sauna. You can take a dip in one of their saline pools or simply walk down to the beach. There is a bar, restaurant and wine shop and tasting room on premises.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: If you're looking for a private beach resort with exclusive amenities like an adults-only pool, the Bacara is the place for you.

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If your hotel checklist looks something like this - beachfront, luxe amenities, possible celebrity sightings, ridiculous levels of hospitality - then Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is where you want to stay. One of the most beautiful hotels in town, The Biltmore is located just across the street from Butterfly Beach, one of the most pristine white sand beaches in Southern California. There are Spanish tiles and exotic orchids in the entryway, music pumped into speakers in the pool and endlessly delicious food and beverage options (their Sunday brunch is legendary). Access to the exclusive Tydes restaurant comes with your reservation, and if you book a Jungle Room category or higher, you also get access to Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Downtown Santa Barbara is just a short drive away, and one of Montecito's main shopping and dining districts is within walking distance.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Biltmore is a sophisticated beachfront retreat that doubles as a celebrity hotspot. Access to the Coral Casino Club comes with your reservation.

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San Ysidro Ranch
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Considered one of the top hotels in the world, San Ysidro Ranch has been a treasured romantic destination - among stars and us regular folk - for over a century. John F. Kennedy and Jackie honeymooned here. Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were married in San Ysidro's lush gardens. Situated in the foothills of Montecito, the hotel consists of a combination of suites and cottages perfectly suited to private moments and intimate gatherings. It is pet and child friendly, even offering a babysitting service for parents who want to squeeze in a date night. Hotel dining includes The Stonehouse and Plow and Angel; both restaurants serve food so delicious that even the locals will venture out for a bite on special occasions.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: There is no more exclusive, more aspirational hotel in Santa Barbara. Even JFK and Jackie honeymooned here.

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