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Santa Barbara, California / El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Just minutes away from the galleries and wineries of Santa Barbara, jewel of the American Riviera, El Encanto has recently been brought back to its original 1920s splendour.

Within its landscaped grounds, which house an arbour, lily pond and zero-edge pool, lie a collection of California-style suites and bungalows with chic marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, rainforest showers and every conceivable comfort. Also quintessentially Californian is the cuisine in The Dining Room and Terrace, while The Lounge makes an ideal retreat for afternoon tea. The Wine Room has its own custom menu, paired with leading wines from local vineyards and beyond. Experience the ultimate indulgence at the spa with its range of invigorating treatments inspired by the surrounding landscape and a patio that offers spectacular views, leaving your mind and body feeling rejuvenated.

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When to visit California

Summer in California is hot and dry with cool evenings, whilst winter tends to be milder with a little rain between January and March. Winters in San Francisco can be chilly and foggy, whilst Los Angeles can be smoggy in the summer months. On Lake Tahoe, expect cold and snowy winters, and although summer days can be warm, the evenings can still be chilly. To guarantee the best prices for your luxury family holiday, we recommend booking at least a year in advance for the following summer holidays.

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Our worldwide network, dedicated team of experts and wealth of knowledge is second to none, allowing us to open up your mind and take your breath away with awe-inspiring possibilities and new personal experiences that surprise, enlighten and transcend all expectations.

We look beyond the ordinary.
We deliver the extraordinary.

Whether it’s glamour and guest lists you desire, an escape to a place where no-one is watching and anything is possible, or an adventure that no-one has dared take before - you will have access to the top suites, the most beautiful locations and a world of exclusive privileges.

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We deliver dreams and desires.

We now live in an era of experience; it’s not just about where you can go, but who you can be and how you can feel. Carrier curate exceptional luxury travel experiences designed to fulfil your desires, dreams and goals, so bespoke you won’t find them anywhere else.

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