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 Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara sparkles like never before. The hotel brand’s specific aura of understated luxury is a fitting complement to the quintessentially California resort and its stunning natural setting.
Located on 78 acres of California coastline and minutes from downtown Santa Barbara and notable wineries, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara is one of few hotels in the area offering direct beach access. Not a fan of sand in the toes? Relax poolside at one of the resort’s three swimming pools. Rent a decked-out cabana overlooking the Cabana Pool; recline at the larger Resort Pool with the ocean as your backdrop, or luxuriate at the adults-only Spa Pool adjacent to the 42,000 square foot Spa
Varied room styles (315 rooms and 43 suites) are situated within 19 ‘villas’ connected by courtyards and gardens. Choose from garden and ocean view rooms - from a 549 sq. ft. junior suite to the 1497 sq. ft. oceanfront penthouse suite. All rooms feature Mediterranean influences in hues of cool ocean blue, wrought iron accents, and terra cotta floors, plush robes, luxurious bedding, coffee makers, and stocked mini-bars. In-room iPads allow for quick and easy room service ordering or special requests such as nightly turndown service, for which chocolate lovers will want to partake if only for the small square of milk and dark left bedside.
Meeting and event venues total 70,000 square feet of space, from ball rooms, to ocean view terraces, to a 211 seat screening room. An executive conference and technology center features state-of-the-art equipment. The resort staff and hospitality partners can transform any one of the varied event spaces. Go kitsch or classic – from a casbah-like outdoor lounge, complete with low slung couches and overhead Moroccan light fixtures, to an elegant black tie dinner dance.
On-site tennis, a workout facility, and nearby golf complete the offerings that are sure to please everyone in your group.
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