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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

| Santa Barbara, CA, United States

  • Overview
  • Location & Map
  • Highlights & Reviews
  • Amenities
  • World's Best Awards


The Bacara became a Ritz-Carlton property on September 29, 2017. As a part of this conversion, additional investments are planned for resort enhancements to a variety of guest spaces, including meeting and event venues, the main lobby, food and beverage outlets, the fitness center, pools and the spa.
Adjacent to the resort community of Santa Barbara, Bacara Resort & Spa is located along California's most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise, between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. With 78 acres of oceanfront property – including two miles of natural beach – this luxury hotel near Santa Barbara offers 354 guest rooms and luxury suites in an expansive sun-drenched setting. Enjoy vista views of the sea and sky while embracing an innovative, artful design of low-storied buildings terraced to the sea and connected by lush, meandering garden paths.

Complete with flower-filled courtyards, restful fountains and red-tiled roofs, Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara is the perfect place to enjoy the leisurely pace and warm embrace of the California lifestyle. Unwind in the award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools.

Location & Map

Hotel Address:
  • The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
  • 8301 Hollister Avenue
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • United States

Location Summary
Located in Santa Barbara County, just north of the village of Goleta, the Gaviota Coast is a stretch of Pacific beachfront that runs East-West along an otherwise North-South coastline. The Gaviota area – which includes its coastal watersheds – is one of the largest, last remaining intact coastal Mediterranean ecosystems in California. More rural than most other Southern California coastal regions, the Gaviota Coast retains its incredible biodiversity, thanks in large part to the natural and agricultural landmasses that still dominate the area. Santa Barbara enjoys a Mediterranean climate – mild and sunny with average daytime temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. Cool, crystal-clear nights are ideal for stargazing.

Directions to Hotel
Just 10 minutes from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, this Santa Barbara resort is approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles (90 minutes by car) or three hours from LA via the scenic Amtrak Surfliner. Bacara Resort is a five-hour drive from San Francisco.

From the Santa Barbara Airport: Go North on William L. Moffett Place, which becomes Fowler Road (0.3 miles). Fowler Road becomes South Fairview Avenue (1.1 miles). Take US-101 North ramp (0.3 miles). Merge onto US-101 North (3.5 miles), and follow From the South directions below.

From the South: Take Highway 101 North. Exit Winchester Canyon Road/Hollister Avenue (Exit #110). At the first stop sign, go straight onto Calle Real, which runs parallel to 101 North (NOTE: Do not exit onto Route 217-Hollister Avenue/Goleta). Turn left at the second stop sign toward Hollister Avenue (which takes you over the highway). Take the first right onto Hollister Avenue and continue to Bacara’s Arrival Courtyard (the resort offers valet parking only).

From the North: Take Highway 101 South. Exit Winchester Canyon Road/Hollister Avenue and turn right. At the first stop sign, turn right onto Hollister Avenue and continue to Bacara’s Arrival Courtyard (the resort offers valet parking only).

Highlights & Reviews

Note Bene
Bacara Resort & Spa offers 78 oceanfront acres for the most romantic weddings in the world. From an intimate garden setting or sparkling seaside ceremony to a grand ballroom reception, this luxury resort will create a memorable wedding celebration for your special day.
Banquets & Meetings
Over 70,000 square feet of corporate function space, which includes the Executive Conference & Technology Center and a private screening room.
Fine Dining On Site
Fine dining in four restaurants and lounges, including the award-winning Miro restaurant, which features a 12,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room.
Child Programs
The Monarch Kids'Club is a wonderful place for fun and exploration for children ages 5 through 12. The program was designed especially to reflect Bacara's beautiful and native surroundings, its natural beaches, rolling hills, and rich Chumash history.
Pool Outdoor
Enjoy two zero-edge, heated saline swimming pools, where the saline is easy on eyes, skin and hair. The Spa at Bacara also has its own zero-edge, heated saline pool for adult-use only, along with separate women's and men's hydrotherapy whirlpool spas. Twenty-five private pool cabanas are available, including wireless Internet access, phone outlets, food and beverages with dedicated waiter service, along with bottled water and a fresh fruit amenity.
Spa Facility
The legendary Spa at Bacara, a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center.
Tennis Courts On Site
Four lighted tennis courts.
Perched on 78 acres along the Pacific Ocean, Bacara Resort is the only true beachfront hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. The resort gives guests direct access to the beach.
World-class golf at three nearby courses, including the adjacent Sandpiper.
Adjacent hiking trails.
Santa Barbara is filled with innovative stores, rare antique shops, fashion boutiques with designer brands and specialty gift shops. From upscale stores like Saks Fifth Avenue to the boutique shops downtown, Santa Barbara offers a variety of shopping venues for Bacara guests.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Business Center
    - Meeting Space
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - High Speed Internet
    - Child Programs
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
    - Tennis Courts On Site
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Shopping
    - Winery Tours

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Santa Barbara, CA, United States