Sitting discreetly along a remote stretch of the unique Santa Barbaran coastline, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara is reminiscent of a quaint Mediterranean village, with a multitude of villa-style buildings dotted across its stretching grounds – each offering a modern twist on traditional decor. Although fairly close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, the tranquil setting of the Bacara makes it seem a million miles away.
This is the place we recommend to those looking for a longer stay, so they have the time to take it all in. Set across 78 luscious acres, this hotel is the only one in the area to offer direct access to a swimmable beach – meaning ocean adventures are mere moments away. As well as surfing and sailing, serene paths and trails can be explored horseback riding, biking and hiking. Next door, there’s an 18-hole championship course at iconic Sandpiper Golf Club, plus being partnered with Jean Micheal Cousteau’s Ambassador’s of the Environment, makes this the perfect base to learn about the diverse ecosystem and cultural traditions of the Santa Barbara area.
Oenophiles take note: your key card will entitle you to complimentary tastings at up to 30 local wineries, whilst Carrier also has the connections to arrange for you to taste California’s finest wines during a private tour of the world-famous Paso Robles.
Traditional treatments meet alternative therapies at Bacara’s vast spa offering. There’s a sensational 36 treatment rooms, including a redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fireside lounges and a rooftop terrace – one of our favourite spots to unwind and take in the legendary views.
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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