Fodor's Expert Review The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta, California, 93117, USA Fodor's Choice

A luxury resort with four restaurants and a 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center with 36 treatment rooms, the Ritz-Carlton 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. Kids and adults alike can join in Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, which connects participants with natural wonders along the Gaviota Coast.


  • many diversions including hiking and stargazing
  • three zero-edge pools
  • three golf courses nearby


  • pricey
  • not close to downtown
  • sand on beach not pristine enough for some


On the beach


Phones: 805-968–0100


358 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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