The Central Coast Hotels

Bacara Resort & Spa

  • 8301 Hollister Ave. Map It
  • Goleta
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Serene natural setting
  • Nature trails
  • First-rate spa
  • Three zero-edge pools
  • In-room iPads for quick service orders and lighting and climate control


  • Pricey
  • Not close to downtown
  • Sand on beach not pristine enough for some

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

A luxury resort with four restaurants and a 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with 36 treatment rooms, the Bacara provides a gorgeous setting for relaxing retreats. The Spanish Colonial–style buildings and manicured gardens sprawl across 78 acres next to a rugged stretch of beach 15 miles north of downtown Santa Barbara. The rooms have views of the ocean, mountains, or gardens; all rooms have private balconies or patios and about half have fireplaces. Potential diversions here range from hiking and stargazing to kids' activities and golfing at three nearby courses. At the on-site Foley Food & Wine Society tasting room you can sample wines of the Central Coast, Northern California, and beyond.

Hotel Information


8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, California, 93117, United States

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805-968–0100; 855-817–9782

Hotel Details:

  • 313 rooms, 45 suites
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 11/12/2015

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