Bacara Resort & Spa Review

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8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93117
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Editor’s Review of Bacara Resort & Spa

One of the most luxurious resorts on the coast of California can be found just minutes outside of Santa Barbara. Bacara Resort & Spa is a destination resort in which families could spend all of their hours enjoying the spoils of the resort without ever needing to explore or sightsee; it's so relaxing and pampering, you may not want to ever leave.

Set on 78 acres of beachfront, the resort's more than 350 spacious guestrooms and suites received full renovations in 2015. The resort's terra cotta roofs and whitewashed buildings with lush landscapes, infinity-edge pools and courtyard fountains emulate a sense of the Mediterranean coastline, yet guests are only about an hour from Los Angeles. Accommodations are housed in separate
... more buildings sprawling on the hillside location with paths connecting all areas of the resort to a cliff walk and beach access overlooking the Channel Islands. Five onsite dining options, nature paths, tennis, neighboring golf, an award-winning spa and a kids' program complete the resort, which will truly leave you feeling as if you have vacationed abroad. less
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  • Oceanview pool
  • Luxurious suites
  • Private beach access
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Bacara's rooms and suites received a full renovation in the spring of 2015, combining Spanish Mediterranean architecture with designer-styled accommodations. Interiors feature two poster beds with Frette lines, Oriental-inspired rugs on terra cotta tile floors, deep soaking tubs with walnut bathroom vanities, and balconies and decks overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains, the resort's gardens or the ocean. Tip: Ask for accommodations in buildings 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10 for the best ocean views.

Rooms and suites are outfitted with 48-inch LED TVs, DVD players, mini-bars, coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, iPad tablets for restaurant room service, valet and lighting and climate control, and a charging station for mobile devices. Suites include gas fireplaces. Specific accommodations are also pet friendly. Connecting rooms and rollaway beds are available, the latter for a fee of $50 per night.

The smallest of the accommodations, standard guest rooms are 450 feet in size and offer village, partial-ocean or ocean views. Rooms are outfitted with one king or two double beds.

Junior Suites
Larger than standard rooms, junior suites are 545 feet in size and provide two double beds along with a living area.

Executive Suites
More than 800 feet in size, these suites provide a separate living and sleeping area. The private bathroom is outfitted with one king bed, while the living area includes a sofa bed for young children. A dining table for four is also in the living space.

Terrace Suites
Terrace suites are 850 square feet and provide a separate sleeping and living area. The living room features a sofa bed, wet bar and desk area, while the bedroom features one king bed and a sitting area with a fireplace. Both the living and sleeping areas provide walkout balconies, and kids will love the video entertainment system in the living room.

Signature Suites
The largest of Bacara's accommodations, signature suites are more than 900 square feet and provide a large parlor with a sofa bed, chairs, desk area and wet bar, connected to a large king bedroom with a sitting area. Both the parlor and bedroom feature gas fireplaces, and the suite features two large bathrooms, one with a deep soaking tub and one with a shower.


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