This picturesque getaway could be mistaken for the coast of Italy, set up with mediterranean-style villas spread out over a long stretch of beach in Goleta (a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara). Its 354 spacious guestrooms include balconies or patios with views of mountains, gardens or sparkling ocean. Guests have endless recreational activities at hand, with everything from surfing lessons and yoga at the spa to family movie screenings and fireside cocoa and s’mores. Hotel fine dining options are decidedly not the main event, but you can always opt for classic dishes at the bar instead. Extra perks include a dog-friendly policy and a supervised kids club that grants parents some quality vacation time.
Bacara Resort and Spa
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8301 Hollister Ave