The art of fine living begins in Southern California at the Bacara Resort and Spa, near Santa Barbara.

Swim in the pools or the ocean at Bacara, a romantic Santa Barbara beach resort. Photo credit: Marybeth Bond

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning natural beauty for an unforgettable getaway in Southern California. Enjoy award-winning accommodations, beautiful event spaces and luxury spa services at this romantic Santa Barbara beach resort, located on California’s most spectacular stretch of Pacific paradise.

Take a dip in the pool, in the ocean, or relax in the spa. Photo credit: Bacara Resort and Spa.

Bacara is located on 78 acres of ocean front property with two miles of natural beach. The two pools with relaxing poolside cabanas, ocean view Jacuzzi, and spa tempt you to spend the whole day in the resort.  The luxury rooms each have a private patio or balcony and views of the ocean, garden or mountains.  I was lulled to sleep each night to the soft sound of waves on the beach.

While you’re there

Eat your fill of oysters and fresh Pacific fish at the Miro Restaurant as the sun slips down over the ocean. We watched whales and dolphins from our perch in the elegant restaurant.  The ocean views from the heated outdoor patio or the elegantly appointed indoor restaurant make any meal a celebration.

Spa time!

 Pamper Yourself.  What luxury getaway would be complete without a little pampering? Don’t miss the spa’s pool, Jacuzzi, redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool, lounge areas, fitness equipment and fitness classes at no additional charge. It will be hard to select just one massage, body scrubs, bronzes, hydrotherapy, polishes, masks or facial. I luxuriated in one of the most blissful massages I’ve had in years. There are 36 treatment rooms, an outdoor massage terrace and private sundecks, a heated infinity saline pool, which will not irritate eyes or dry out skin and hair and separate women’s and men’s hydrotherapy whirlpool spas, redwood sauna, and eucalyptus steam room.

Adventure outside of the resort. The concierge will reserve tasting for you through the Santa Ynez Wine Country or book surfing, kayaking or stand up paddle lessons.