Toward the end of last year, I started thinking about a long weekend vacation. I booked a suite at Bacara Resort and Spa as a surprise for Mr. B. I hid my surprise for a couple of weeks and when the time came we jumped in our car and off we went…despite the notorious California traffic on a long holiday weekend.
On the upside…the sunset was beautiful and I am sure glad I was able to capture this picture from the car.
I previously posted bits about our trip here and here and have been meaning to write about the resort itself since a few people have asked me questions about the property. I decided to break up my experience at the resort into a 3 part series. Today I’ll provide you with a general look around the resort. Stay tuned for future posts about the spa and our suite. The goal of this series is to provide information that will hopefully be helpful in planning your own stay at Bacara Resort and Spa someday.
Although the resort is touted as being located in Santa Barbara, it is technically located in the town of Goleta, a quick 15-20 minute drive north of Santa Barbara, California. I know that Goleta doesn’t sound as “sexy” as Santa Barbara but it does have views of the Pacific Ocean that are equally as breathtaking. Keep reading…I’ll share those with you in a bit.
Let me first provide you with the lay of the land. The resort is sprawled over 78 acres of prime oceanfront property with direct access to the beach. The resort boasts 358 guest rooms and they are situated among 18 villas throughout the property. We were located in Villa 8 which overlooks the pool and is denoted with the yellow star on the map. The main lobby is situated at the top of a hill (shown far left on the map). If you have a hard time getting around, don’t worry. The hotel offers golf cart service to transport you anywhere you need to go on the property. We didn’t use this service so I can’t comment on it. There is also a nice walking trail adjacent to the resort (shown far right of the map).
When we pulled off the street and into the Bacara’s motor court, I immediately knew that this vacation would be all that I had hoped for. I was wanting a nice, relaxing vcation and realized that I couldn’t have picked a better place. The motor court is surrounded by Spanish/Mediterranean style architecture and beautiful drought tolerant and California native plantings. Bacara made a very good first impression! I have the need for speed and can appreciate a fine automobile. At Bacara, there was definitely no shortage of luxury cars sightings.
As we walked into the lobby we were greeted with the most stunning floral arrangement made up of fresh white daisies. Beauty in simplicity.
The lobby is a grand, spacious area with several separate sitting areas. There is also a strategically placed console table that holds a beautiful display of orchids, succulents and candles. It also acts as a refreshment center during certain times of the day. When we arrived in the evening it was used as a bar area as the the hotel was offering a complimentary wine tasting. This provided hotel guests with a wonderful an opportunity to mingle. What a wonderful welcome. The following evening complimentary s’mores were served on the lobby terrace.
The seating area by the lobby fireplace is not surprisingly one of the most popular spots for guests to gather. Even Mr. B and I shared a couple of wonderful fireside chats.
There are beautiful details throughout the hotel. This grand fireplace is situated along the corridor of the hotel where banquet facilities are located.
Angel Oak Restaurant is known for their steak and seafood and is only open for dinner. We made a reservation for our first night at the resort which worked out beautifully. Being able to enjoy a meal on the property after a long drive made things easy and convenient for us. If you love wine, you’ll be happy to know they also have an extensive wine list. Here is Villa 10, one of the many villas situated on the property.
The sweeping staircase is beautifully designed with decorative tile work.
There is a total of three outdoor saltwater pools located on the property. Two of them are situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean (shown below). The other is situated next to the spa building.
Private poolside cabanas are available for rental. There is a pathway from the resort that leads you directly to the sand. I took this walk each morning. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.
So there you have it…a brief tour of the grounds of Bacara Resort and Spa. Stay tuned for more about the spa and a look at our suite.